If your sister-in-law asked you to get into a swimsuit to pose for pictures that would be posted on the internet, what would you say? No? Yeah, these beautiful ladies said no to me too. And as much as I like to think of myself as being pretty persuasive, that’s not why they ended up agreeing to do this shoot. In the end, they agreed to help because they’re all moms, and they wanted to send the best possible message of self-love and body acceptance to their kids.
Take Amber, for example, the one with the adorable short hair and striped top. She hadn’t been in a bathing suit for TWO YEARS before this shoot. “After my first baby, my body bounced back, but after number two . . . I’m still waiting.” She lives here, in beautiful Carolina Beach (where these photos were taken) and hadn’t been able to put a suit on after her body changed with baby number two. She hired a personal trainer and even ran a half marathon, but just didn’t feel comfortable in a suit. “After all I’ve accomplished, getting into a bathing suit was something I wouldn’t do? How sad is that! I looked at my beautiful daughter who will be turning six and going to school this year, and knew I needed to do this.” She wanted to show her daughter that it doesn’t matter what people say . . . what matters is how you feel and how you make others feel. Well-said, Amber!
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Kenna is still breastfeeding and said this suit was easy to nurse her son in, but still had enough support for her “huge chest.” (Her words.) She also liked how flattering the ruching was on her midsection. We LOVED this suit on her . . . Marilyn Monroe, anyone??
Rhodes Swimsuit (Available in lots of patterns and colors)
Anne isn’t into one-pieces, but has a hard time finding a bikini top that’s supportive enough for her chest. She needs tops that have an underwire and some structure, and this bandeau from J. Crew has both (and comes with removable straps). The surf hipster bottoms have long been my go-to, and Anne loved the fit as well . . . enough coverage but still sexy.
If you had told me a year ago I was going to be wearing cheeky bottoms, I would have told you you were crazy. For reals. BUT . . . this particular pair manages to be a bit cheeky and flattering. They fit well so there’s no accidental thong happening and I’m LOVING these bottoms. The top is also super-comfortable and stays put even in crazy ocean waves. I could nurse in it if I needed to (I don’t anymore) and the back is super cute.
Also, if any of you are wondering if we were at all nervous about having pictures taken of us in our suits to be put on the internet, the answer is YES. Yes, we were . . . and here was our solution:
We had a great time, felt good about ourselves and laughed the entire time. There’s something freeing about saying “screw it, life is short and we’re going to enjoy it.” #bodypositive
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