With summer quickly approaching it seems like everyone’s stressing out over getting their ideal beach body, but what does that even mean? For real, what is a “beach body”? The weight loss industry may have you believing that the only body that’s beach-ready is a body that’s thin, fully toned, with just enough muscle to be sexy, but not enough to be considered threatening by any potential onlookers. This body is also probably completely hairless- save the eyebrows, eyelashes and obligatory beach waves. Basically, the ideal beach body looks like pretty much nobody. Not your average person at least, but there’s a secret they don’t want you to know; a secret I’m about to tell you. The real way to get a beach body? Take your body and put it on the beach. Voila! Bet you didn’t know it was that easy, did you?
The Instagram account @bodyposipanda really nails this point home, sharing some brightly-colored love with all the bodies out there (and with over 765k followers, there’s a lot of love to go around). Megan Jayne Crabbe, the woman behind the account, models in clothes some may say aren’t appropriate for her body type such as bikinis and body-con dresses, and she looks beautiful! She’s also the author of Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live, her first book published with the intent of helping people realize that happiness is something not reserved for those with washboard abs. She also posts inspirational quotes and cartoons that show that all bodies are beautiful the way they are.
“There are SO many beautifully different bodies on this beach and I’m just like YES BABE WEAR THAT BIKINI,” Megan wrote in a photo’s caption. “FROLIC IN THE SAND LIKE THE ROYALTY YOU ARE. All of our bodies belong at the beach, if anyone can’t accept that, they can be quiet.”
This girl’s definitely got it right, she’s become confident in her own skin, and has enough love to share with those who may not love themselves the way they deserve to. I think we can all benefit from taking a leaf from her book and learn to truly accept ourselves and others the way we are, and not how we think we should be.