This post is the full-text accomplishment to the Should Fat Girls Wear Bathing Suits? – Ep. 004 Fat Fitness Girl Podcast post.
Hey, it’s Katrina Thom from FatFitnessGirl.com! Today I’m going to be talking about Fat Girls in bathing suits!
Before we get going I want to say thank you so much to everyone that has been listening to our previous episodes. I didn’t know how many people use sticher vs. iTunes and I have been blown away by the amount of people that listen in on sticher vs. iTunes. I’m working on having it on iTunes by episode 5 as well! I also now have the blog up so you can visit me on FatFitnessGirl.com!
Okay, so now let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about fat girls in bathing suits. This is an episode that is near and dear to my heart, being 5’4, 225 pounds, and a fat girl that rocks a bathing suit.
Before doing this episode, I did some research and came across Ms. Jessica Kane (if you don’t know who she is go stalk on her FB! She’s the editor of Skorch Magazine, has a new clothing line, and is amazing). She had a photo of her in a bathing suit go viral, and it expressed how she was not brave for wearing it and showing untouched pictures… that’s just how I am in my body and I like me so you should like me to.
That’s kind of what I wanted to talk to you about. I wear a one piece that looks like a swim dress when I wear a bathing suit. I’ve recently seen a lot of “fatkinis” and really cute bathing suits that have been coming out in the last few years and wondering why I don’t wear them. I’m trying to share the message with you to love yourself and embrace your body, so why am I not wearing a bikini myself?
The answer is… I just never have!
Even when I was younger, I rarely wore a bikini. Once when I was 17 (and still arguably a fat girl) I had a skimpy bikini but generally felt more comfortable in a one piece. I like clothes that fit well and I don’t have to tug at and adjust. Now, having a daughter that’s 3, I can feel comfortable in my one-piece without having to worry about her tugging on it and something popping out!
I read an article on Huffington post called “Moms, Put On That That Swimsuit” by Jessica Turner. She wrote that mom’s should but on the swimsuit and go have fun with their kids. It made me think… moms don’t wear bathing suits? This made me think of my own mom. Growing up, she didn’t wear a bathing suit most of the time. She didn’t like lake water so she would wear shorts and a tank top and watch my sister and I play in the lake.
I’ve asked how she feels about wearing bathing suits now, as she goes on cruises and such. She admitted she feels more comfortable wearing bathing suits around strangers than around her friends and people she knows! This is common, and makes you question who you’re hanging around with and why they’d have the opinions they do.
I don’t think there’s any reason that any of us (men or women) shouldn’t be able to wear the swimsuits that they want to wear. If it makes you uncomfortable what someone else is wearing… you don’t have to watch it.
Another thing I wanted to talk about during this podcast is the YouTube video Loey Lane “Why Fat Girls Shouldn’t Wear Bikinis”, she address the comments on why she shouldn’t wear a swimsuit in her videos. People say it promotes obesity. Now… being fat and being obese don’t go hand in hand! You could even feel like you’re fat without being overweight at all, or feel beautiful despite your few extra pounds.
My scale has NEVER said “FAT” when I stepped on. It’s always a number. The conversation between your doctor and you about your health is a whole different story. Loey Lane said that she’s in no way promoting obesity or saying “I’m fat, so you should be fat too”. She’s just enjoying herself on the beach. And this is true in most cases. People will project what they are thinking onto you, when it isn’t even your thoughts at all!
You should feel comfortable wearing whatever you choose to wear, as long as you enjoy what you’re wearing. When I first walked into a plus size store and tried on clothes that actually fit without having to suck in or have things spill over… that is when I first started feeling really comfortable in who I am.
If you’re feeling uncomfortable in your bathing suits, go to a store that caters to WHATEVER your size is. Go try on a few different styles and find one that fits without feeling like you’re being tugged and pulled in different directions. Find one that you feel comfortable with… and that goes for ANY of your clothes as well.
Basically, my thought on fat girls in bathing suits is that if you want to go swimming and wear a bathing suit… go swimming and wear a bathing suit. Find whatever style you like that matches you and your personality. I think I’m going to go out now and try on some fatkinis since I really love the way they looked, but haven’t seen one in person. I’ll go try one on and see if that’s a style that I feel good in! I also was thinking that I don’t have a picture of me in bathing suit, so I’m going to go take a picture so you can see me… in my bathing suit….