This past Saturday, Torrid, a brand specializing in plus-sized clothing, held their second annual pool party as part of its #TheseCurves campaign.
The party, hosted at a private mansion in Orange County, California, was full of plus-size bloggers, curvy models, and TV personalities.
The event’s host, comedian Nicole Byer, blogger Gabi Gregg, and five other women at the event wanted to send a message out to anyone who’s struggling with “summer body” insecurities.
These women radiate confidence and advocate for body-positivity for all body types.
“I think the thing to do is take [the ads and headlines] with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, I think that that kind of saturation is never going to end. You’re always going to see those kinds of ads. And it’s just the culture that we live in. The diet industry makes money off of women hating their bodies. And I think the most radical thing you can do is be comfortable in your skin and realize that, you as you are right now — whether you’re thin, you’re fat, you’re super fat, you’re super thin, and everything in between — that you are swimsuit-ready. And that, in all honesty, nobody else matters but you, whenever you’re wearing that swimsuit. Feel good in your skin.”
Nicole Byer, @nicolebyer:
“If you are too afraid to wear a bathing suit or a bikini, buy one, put it on, and go live your life and have fun. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to wear a bikini. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to have a bathing suit. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to have sex. You can just be in your body. Grab your fat and be like, “If I don’t like it, I’ll change it.” But for the moment, live your life, embrace it and fucking love it.”
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“Let me break it down for you very simple. Let’s not even talk about self-love in this equation. Would you rather be fully nourished and have a super fun vacation in a swimsuit or would you want to go on a vacation, half-starved with no energy and constantly worried about your body? Those are your options. So if you chose the “summer slim down,” you’re literally just setting yourself up for the worst vacation ever. Where if you just say, “Hey, screw it, I’m just going to buy a suit in the size I wear now and whatever,” you’re just going to be the same person but now on vacation.”
Ashley Nell Tipton, @ashley_nell_tipton:
“Why are you afraid? There’s no one that you have to worry about when you put on that bathing suit. You don’t have to be perfect. You still need to live and you still got to put on that bathing suit. So we got to do it here or later, but it has to happen. I think just embrace yourself because you don’t have to worry about anyone else but yourself.”
Gabi Gregg, @gabifresh:
“I think my biggest piece of advice to any woman looking to wear swimwear for the first time in a long time is just to realize that everyone at the beach is having fun and worried about their friends and themselves. They’re not really there to look at other people. And the first time you go to the beach and you look around, you realize you’re not the only one who has cellulite, you’re not the only one that has rolls and no one really cares, they’re just enjoying themselves. They’re not there to go and judge everyone else. They’re there to have a good time. So when you realize you’re not going to be the center of attention, that’s when you can really have a great time and realize that you can find a good swimsuit you like that’s supportive.”
Simone Mariposa, @simonemariposa:
“Literally your body doesn’t change regardless of the weather, so you shouldn’t have to change it. It’s OK to love your body through whatever season and I understand summer, it advertises, you know, not having as many clothes on, the sun’s shining… But, just know your body is good enough the way it is. Don’t feel pressured to change because of what society’s telling you, because of what beauty standards are telling you.”
Torrid Model Search Winner 2017 Maria Gimena, @mariiagiimena:
“For all of you guys out there that are kind of shy this summer to wear a bikini, a tube top, anything for that matter, just remember that Torrid has awesome stuff for you, and wear whatever you want. Whatever makes you feel good, that comes through with confidence and just show it through.”