'Fatkini' revolution: confident large-sized girls pose in two-pieces

Updated: 2012-05-25
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Monochrome magic: Gabi Gregg posted a picture of herself in a bikini on her personal blog, and encouraged xojane.com readers to do the same   
Real women have posted images of themselves in their swimwear for a 'fatkini' gallery as a retaliation against society's obsession with super-slim summer bodies.

In an age where Victoria's Secret models are viewed as an ideal, 31 women sent in their images to prove otherwise.

Gabi Gregg, a writer for xojane.com, posted a request for the images, to inspire women with similar bodies as her own (a U.S. size 18) to feel good about wearing a bikini.

Ms Gregg wrote: 'Our culture is so obsessed with having a "beach ready bod," that the mere idea of someone my size in a swimsuit, let alone a bikini, is shocking to most.'

She continued: 'I know first-hand how inspiring it can be to see people with bodies that look similar to my own feeling confident and happy on the beach in something other than a Hawaiian-print skirted one piece'.

The bikini has come to inspire both dread and awe as our culture increasingly enshrines physical perfection through magazine features that encourage women to be bikini-ready for summer, and the constant trolling of other women by women.

Rather than being a statement about health, which it could have easily turned into, the gallery appears to be an endorsement of diversity, and an statement that no one particular size or shape of woman has a monopoly on being considered attractive or even ‘normal’.
Brave and confident: The gallery, which features body diversity aims to prove that it is not only "toned" fat girls who can feel confident wearing a two-piece
Bikini-body: Thirty-one women participated in the gallery, in an effort to inspire other women to feel confident in a bikini this summer  
The women featured in the gallery look vibrant and confident, regardless of their body-shapes or sizes.

While the writer and fashion blogger has received a wave of support from readers who applaud her confidence, some have been quick to judge.

There have been comments that Ms Gregg isn't 'flabby' enough to be self-conscious, and her 'toned, hourglass-shaped' body makes it easier for her to put a picture of herself online.

Another commenter wrote: 'I will be the combo breaker cause the sugar coating sometimes needs to stop. Sure you can love your body and flaunt it proudly, but objectively some girls needs to realize when an outfit just DOESN'T GO WITH YOUR BODY TYPE. Sometimes it just doesn't fit right. Sorry, but it's just how fashion goes, for thick and thin bodies.'
Beach ready bod: The gallery, called Hot Sexy Fat Girls in Skimpy Swimwear inspires people with bodies that look similar to feel confident and happy on the beach  
Glamour girl: The women featured in the gallery look vibrant and confident, regardless of their body-shapes or sizes   
Ms Gregg, who posted the article today, tweeted earlier: 'Already annoyed by the xojane comments. and I know they're only going to get worse as the general public finds the article.'

Of her own body, Ms Gregg said: 'I do acknowledge that I have some level of body privilege (but um, for the record: I totally have flab, stretch marks and cellulite, you just can't see it in the photos I posted due to the high waisted bottoms and the distance of the shots).'

She added: 'Hopefully this gallery, which features lots of body diversity, proves that it's not only "toned" fat girls who can feel confident hitting the beach in a two piece.'
SOURCE: Daily Mail
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Comments Area ( Total Comments: 4 )
marlenechip commented on 29 Sep 2015
It is very difficult to buy clothes if you are a fat person on a skinny one. The big fashion companies manufacture clothes for the general public, not for a small group. But this group can buy customized clothing items, which are more cool and original. For instance, someone would like more the handmade leather belts instead of ordinary belts.
marlenechip commented on 22 Sep 2015
These girls are beautiful, but they have a difficult time to find proper clothes. For instance, for them would be easier to order quality custom screen printed t shirts rather to buy a certain cloth from a store.
marlenechip commented on 21 Sep 2015
Every woman is beautiful in her unique way. This article and photos has proved this statement. For sure, there are many large-sized women who resort to different beauty services, including at the best hair salon in Portland to make them look more appealing every day.
marlenechip commented on 21 Sep 2015
Even though many things are happening at this time in the world, you shouldn't be so affected by them. You should read them, if you have an iPhone you can read them even on the bus while you go at work or at school, to be well informed.