Winter Bodies And Summer Bodies Are One In The Same

Contrary To Popular Belief, Winter Bodies And Summer Bodies Are One And The Same

Absolutely nothing should make you feel bad about you and your body in the summertime.

Summer is rapidly approaching and for most, it is the best time of the year. Students are relieved that they are done with the school year, and those in the workforce find time to take vacations. Everyone flees to the great outdoors to spend as much time as they can in the warm sunshine before the seasons change again.

Although summer might sound like all fun and games, it can be a stressful time, specifically for people lacking confidence in their bodies. Why? Because every year, with sunshine and warmer weather, comes lack of clothing and according to society, "bikini bodies," emerge.

Unfortunately for young people today, there is an ideal body type set by society across different social media platforms. Applications such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and VSCO, make people feel the need to conform to the set body images that these applications show off to the world in order to feel and be considered, attractive.

Though many viewers fail to realize this, many of these images of other people's bodies online that they are comparing their bodies too are fake and quite frankly unrealistic and unachievable. Most of the time, people post photos in bathing suits that have been edited in some way. Whether they made themselves appear skinnier, tanner, or muscular, added a filter or even a background, the photo has been edited in some way.

If in a rare case, an image happens to be unedited, in the end, it shouldn't matter. Contrary to popular belief, winter bodies and summer bodies are one and the same and nothing should make you feel bad about you, and your body in the summertime.

Personally, I know that I have struggled to purchase bathing suits, wearing bathing suits and especially taking pictures in bathing suits. It's not a great feeling, to say the least. Looking in the mirror and feeling uneasy about your body can be hard to take in. However, the best way to go about it is to embrace yourself and embrace your body.

I've seen so many people posting about working on their summer body, or getting ready for bikini season when they don't need to be. Yes, if someone wants to work out and get in shape, or eat healthier for their own well being, they should go for it. But, if someone is working out or dieting simply to get a "summer body," for "bikini season," maybe they should take a step back to think about what they are doing.

What matters isn't how your body is perceived to others during, but instead how confident you are in your body and how you embrace it. Unfortunately, feeling confident in today's day and age isn't an easy task. The media might be pushing body positivity, but unfortunately, it does not seem like they are pushing it for all audiences.

It should be known, throughout society, that someone's beauty should not be defined by their size, in any season. Saying somebody is pretty, regardless of how "fat," or "skinny," they might be is nothing but a backhanded compliment in the end.

With summer rapidly approaching, I know that I won't be working towards my "summer body," for "bikini season," because society is telling me to. I'm going to do my best to love myself and hopefully, others will follow by my example.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.


Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.

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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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