I’ve gained weight. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gained weight again. I’ve lost it. What seems like the most freeing feeling in the world however, is the feeling of finally coming to terms with the fact that I’m not my weight! Yes, I’m larger than I was when I was younger, but, oh my goodness, I am far more confident than I ever was when I was skinnier. In fact, when I was younger, I wouldn’t dare post a photo of myself in a swimsuit because I constantly thought I looked fat. Sadly, (as vain as that may sound), it’s the truth.
This is what insecurities and society`s body-shaming messages can do to a person. They make you want to hide yourself. They make you think you aren’t worthy of sharing a photo in a swimsuit, and even worse; they make you feel like you don’t belong in a swimsuit.
- According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42 percent of first to third-grade girls want to lose weight, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
- According to a study in Pediatrics, about two-thirds of girls in the 5th to 12th grades said that magazine images influence their vision of an ideal body, and about half of the girls said the images made them want to lose weight.
- By adolescence, studies show that young people are receiving an estimated 5,260 “attractiveness messages” per year from network television commercials alone.
- According to Teen magazine, 35 percent of girls ages 6 to 12 have been on at least one diet, and 50 to 70 percent of normal-weight girls think they are overweight. (Source:Carolyn Coker Ross, MDhttp://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/06/02/why-do-women-hate-their-bodies/)
I’ve written about body image many times on this blog, and that’s because the struggle’s been real. The ongoing battle of never feeling skinny enough finally came to an end when I stopped giving a shit about how others view me and began to care merely on how I view myself. Having daughters also helped me change my perception about my body. I knew I had to “fake it till I made it” so I could model body confidence to my girls.
Being skinny is no longer my priority; being confident and healthy however is and I don`t let the number on the scale decide how healthy I feel; inside and out! In fact, I haven`t weighed myself in over 4 years! Needless to say, I don`t let my weight stop me from wearing a swimsuit and enjoying life with my family.
Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest battles women face when it comes to their body image; especially during the summer months. The pressure to look slim, hot, and sexy in a swimsuit can feel overwhelming. For this reason, I’m obsessed with local swimwear brand Nettles Tale.
1. It`s local 2. They make swimwear suitable for everyday women 3. I`m obsessed with their magic high-rise bottoms 4. I feel good in their suits!
“Nettle’s Tale was one woman’s idea…until it went viral. Women around the world loved the concept enough to jump behind a crowdfunding campaign, smashing the campaign goal seven times over, all to launch the little Canadian swimwear company that could. Why?
It’s Locally Made
Their swimsuits are made in Vancouver, Canada and inspired by real woman from the Pacific Northwest. 10% of the profits support her favourite charity.
It’s Thoughtfully Designed
Wondering why the size charts are different? They fit every design to their friends, moms, everyday women like you. That’s why yours will feel like it’s custom-made.
It Celebrates You
Wear what you want for your body, age, and style. These mix-and-match swimsuits are made for surfing, tanning, kayaking, and running after your kids. They love six-packs, stretch marks, pears, petites, and plentiful busts.
This is honest swimwear for the everyday woman.”
My daughter and I recently took part in the Nettle’s Tale video shoot. It was such an empowering, fun time! First and foremost, spending one-one-one time with my teen daughter was something we needed, and secondly, watching her rock her Nettles Tale suit was inspiring, and… it made me extremely proud. I felt so proud because when I was thirteen I would have been bombarded with insecurities. I would have probably talked myself out of doing a bathing suit video shoot altogether! My daughter on the other hand, had such a great time and she religiously wears her suit.
If you’re looking for a flattering swimsuit to enjoy the rest of the summer in, I highly recommend trying on a Nettles Tale suit!
This video is all kinds of awesome! Check it out!