An Instagram blogger has been praised for sharing 'real' bikini photos.
Now that we are at the beginning of a new year, a lot of people are setting goals for the coming twelve months and for many, this involves getting fitter. However, one blogger has provided a timely reminder that you shouldn't feel pressured to take up that cut-price gym membership that you may or may not use.In the video below, Bebe Rexha talks body positivity and her love of Nandos:
Taking to Instagram, Meaghan Kerr, 35, posted a series of bikini pictures that were captioned: "Just a rad fat babe, living her life, laughing and having fun at the beach."
"There's always a lot of that around at this time of year so here’s a little something to shake up your feed," the body-positive activist wrote. "Today I went to the beach in possibly the most revealing bikini I've worn in a very long while, and I had a great time."
"The top basically has my cleavage on full show thanks to the lace-up detailing (HELLO) and the bottoms… are way lower than I'd usually wear."
The 35-year-old said that she typically chooses swimwear that conceals "lopsided and saggy stomach", but she decided to embrace her body as it is to fight back against the pressure to get fit which many of us feel at this time of the year.
"I really wanted to feel the sun on my belly and the sea on my skin, so I put on a pair that has been sitting in a drawer for about two years with the tags still on," she said. "They don’t even cover my belly button, and you know what? I don't care."
"I sat on the sand and had a picnic, I swam with my family, I soaked up the sunshine and had a great time. Looking forward to much more of this over summer," Kerr wrote.
Needless to say, the 35-year-old's decision to fly in the face of the many #fitspo pictures littering Instagram at this time of year won her a lot of praise.
"I love this post! And I love how pics like this help Wahine (women) like me deconstruct our thinking. You look rad," one wrote.
Another said: "Love this!! You are rocking that bikini."
"These are flippin' phenomenal swimmers and you are GLORIOUS," one added.
Another said: "Thank you for being one less bloody diet ad on my feed, seriously its [sic] ridiculous how many there are this week."
"I don't know whether I am feeling more down about myself, but I feel like the 'diet your way into a better you in the new year' schtick has been even louder and more invasive this time around!" one said.
However, Kerr made a point of telling Kiwi outlet Stuff that just because she is willing to embrace her body as it is, she has no problem with people deciding to join a gym in January to get fitter.
"I'm not against people joining a gym, I think gyms are great, but the advertising is geared towards weight loss and preying on the fact that people are feeling insecure about their bodies because it's summer," she told the publication. "It's just the way that they advertise. They're not focused on health, they're not focused on strength, they’re not focused on fitness, it's literally preying on body insecurities."
She then took to Instagram again to emphasize her body-positive message.
"You do not have to change your body to earn your place in the world," she said. "You are enough just as you are. I used to think that I had to shrink myself to fit in, that I wasn’t worth anything if I didn’t look a certain way.
"And that's a huge mind f***, especially if you look very different to the ideal like I do (hello, short fat Maori woman over here)."
"You are worth love and respect (from yourself and others) and good things NOW. Just as you are," she said.
The 35-year-old concluded by writing that while "negative messaging" from gyms and social media is hard not to take into account, she hoped that she provided her followers with a "reminder" that there is nothing wrong with their bodies as they are.
"I wanted to tell you anyway because sometimes we just need a reminder," she said.