So an unusual thing (for me) happened, I wore a bikini. Uh huh, I wore a bikini and nothing crazy happened. No one bullied me, no heads exploded and I felt amazing! It might have something to do with a powerful thing called confidence 🙂 Bikini confidence!
The last time I wore a bikini was the summer I first met my husband way back in 1992. In fact I was wearing one when I met him. I was unpacking boxes while moving into a flat with a mate, my arms were covered in newspaper print and I was swanning around in a blue and white polka dot bikini when the doorbell rang. I figured it was my flatmate and ran downstairs to open the door, stood before me was my flat mates boyfriend and a tall blonde handsome dude (his cousin). And the rest as they say, is history. (I married the blonde handsome dude)
So the bikini hasn’t always been a bad thing for me but somewhere between that summer and last summer the bikini and I broke up. Well this summer I was determined to get my body into a bikini.
When the team at Curvy Swimwear sent me a new season look book a couple of months back I instantly fell for the ‘Folklore bikini’, I mean just look at the print! I put it on my wish list and the team delivered. Last week a parcel arrived and in it was a bikini.
I’m not gonna lie, for a split second I wondered if I should really be setting my ample sized body free on a beach…in a bikini. I’m carrying some extra weight after a winter in a ‘good paddock’, but then I got real and excitedly tried it on.
Here’s the thing, I am who I am. I’m curvy and dimply with extra squidgy rolls and…I’m beautiful.
This body of mine has changed in appearance but I’m ok with that, this body still gets me through each day and for that I’m grateful.
It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer (in 2012) and endured chemo, radiotherapy and nine surgeries that I found true blue, fair dinkum body confidence. With treatment came an extra 36 kg, no hair, burns, limited movement and a double mastectomy. Yup, my body was transformed but these days I love it more than ever.
I’ve since had a double reconstruction with new boobs made from my back, they’re not perfect because it’s a reconstruction, but they are perfect to me. I have a scar on each side of my back that runs from shoulder-blade to waist in a big curve, the surgeons made sure the scars would sit neatly under a bra strap and turns out that they also are (mostly) hidden under the bikini band. The scars on the front sit nearly under the cups too, and adjustable straps gave me some lift.
Look I really don’t care that much if people see my scars but I don’t like baring them to the sun. Yesterday the huz and I headed to our local beach at Henley to snap some pics and I got to take this bikini for a whirl and twirl.
Once upon a time I was that woman who only went to the deserted spots on the beach, but these days I do photo shoots as locals jog by, families connecting on walks wander by and furry cuties like this one photo bomb.
The locals across the road come out onto their verandas and watch…and watch. Some sit and watch for the whole entire photo shoot. Some walkers will stop their walks for a break and rest on the handrail above the beach and watch too. Me, I wave and give them the thumbs up, I don’t miss a beat because I don’t for one second want women to feel like they should be ashamed because they are on a beach in a bikini.
I channel my inner Marilyn Monroe and pose while the husband snaps. Although when I leaned forward and showed the huz my arse he responded with “settle down Kimmy K”…she aint got nothing on me! Look at that arse coverage, and the pants have a hidden drawstring tie and little skirted front for extra coverage.
For the record, the huz snapped these pics on my mobile phone and I haven’t edited them…this is me.
YOU CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE TOO
Look I get it, not everyone has confidence like me but you can. Women of all sizes and shapes can feel hindered by a lack of body confidence.
When you stop focussing on what your body can’t do and celebrate your body for what it can do you create positive change. Use kind words and banish negative words when think of or speak about your body and before you know it your body responds in a positive way.
I’m not saying everyone needs to be just like me, getting to where I am takes time but if you wish you had more confidence or if you wish you could get in the pool with your kids or swim in the ocean then stick with me.
One thing I now know is that no one gives a shit about what I wear on the beach.
No one is pointing. No one is going bat shit crazy because I’m baring skin. Instead they stop and smile or just walk on by without batting an eyelid. Why?
Because I’m happy. I’m living my life and celebrating my body and I’m confident.
This might be the summer you get into a bikini, or a cossie…or not. If you feel more comfortable in a full piece then go for it. You might also feel more comfortable in a sarong skirt, throw on dress or even a silk kaftan when you’re not in the water.
I’m also a fan of a summer pedicure, a bit of fake tan and sunscreen over summer. If it gives me more confidence when I need it then I do it.
JOIN IN WITH SOCIAL HASHTAGS
You can also join in the fun and support others within the online community. Post your pics in your cossies to social media and hashtag #yourbodyconfident and #cossieconfidence. These photos empower women and really do give confidence to others.
What do you think, did I rock the bikini? Will you be wearing a cossie this summer?
Til next time,
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