Changing our bodies to have a perfect physique to look good in a bikini or to look good shirtless is ridiculous, but what is more ridiculous is that we actually feel insecure because of it! You should never have to think that your body now won’t amount to a piece of clothing. Guess what? There is no such thing as a “beach-ready” body because being confident with yourself inside and out is what makes you beach-ready and just plain READY!
Has getting that beach-ready body ever crossed your mind? The idea of chiseled abs and a perfectly perky butt seems essential for the summer. The idea is so prominent because you have been taught your entire life that looking good at the beach requires a model-esque, photoshopped, picture-perfect physique. Where does the idea of summer-ready beach body come from? What defines a summer-ready beach body?
I remember being a young girl and looking at thin girls with pretty hair, flawless skin and thinking to myself how beautiful they were. I even saw my male childhood friends growing up and thinking that Superman--with all his glorious fierceness and popping muscles--was the bomb.
From a young age, we have been bombarded by thin Barbie dolls and macho Superhero action figures that subconsciously tell us what is attractive. We soaked these images up being the innocent children that we were. Our naivety towards these images allowed us to subconsciously believe that being attractive means being thin or muscular.
A summer-ready beach body has been defined as how thin you are in order to “pull off” a two-piece bikini. If not, you have to wear a “flattering” one-piece bikini that covers your “undesirables” to make you look beach-appropriate. A summer-ready beach body has been defined by how chiseled and Calvin Klein model-like your muscles are. They tell us that if we don’t have the muscles to flex for a #selfie on Instagram, we shouldn’t even pose for pictures because that isn’t “attractive.”
The great news is that your body is already a “beach-ready body.”
There is no such thing as a quintessential beach-ready body. What does exist is you, your confidence, and your spirit. You, as a person, are much more than someone who has to work themselves into an obsessive diet in order to fit into a swimsuit when, in fact, the swimsuit should be fitting into you!
A beach-ready body doesn’t exist because your body is the best body there is to enjoy a tanning sesh at the beach with your friends or to play football on its warm sand. You don’t have to be thin to be able to wear the two-piece you’ve been eyeing at your favorite online clothing store. Pose away in pictures with your friends and show off your body on Instagram because it is yours. Take off that t-shirt and think “this is my body, and I love it!”
Your body is always beach-ready. Don’t think that just because you don’t have a flat stomach, have pale skin, or arms that aren’t muscular that you can’t confidently show your body to the world. Prepare for the summer season simply by being you.
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By Hannah Tan