For years, I remember looking at a photo of my three-year-old self on the beach that was hanging up at my parents' house and thinking, "I haven't worn a bikini since then." It wasn't that I didn't want to wear one, however, so much as that no one was really making bikinis for plus-size women.
While I've continued to steer clear of the my three-old-self's bowl cut, I have gotten back into bikinis thanks to the plethora of options now available to plus-size women. This is thanks much in part to the oft-credited inventor of the term "fatkini," Gabifresh, whose collaborative line for Swimsuitsforall makes many an appearance on this list of plus-size bikini babes.
When you're in the plus-size community and part of the body positive movement, it's really not a big deal to see a fat woman in a bikini. In fact, it's common. But as evidenced by the viral explosion of Skorch Magazine publisher Jessica Kane's beach photo, it's still major mainstream news that a fat woman wears a swimsuit to the beach like a "normal" human being.
I realize that most people are still not exposed to so many beautiful fat babes in bikinis enough on a regular basis to find it "normal" yet. So even though I'm still not sure if I should be wearing my winter jacket some days or not, I wanted to share just a few of the many gorgeous bikini photos that I've seen already this year on the 'gram in anticipation of summer, to remind you that bikini season doesn't have a size limit.
Plus Model Elizabeth Taylor (yes it’s her real name) gives me Carmen Miranda gaudy girl fatkini realness in this photo and I am here for it!
How could you not be happy looking at this photo of aspiring plus-size blogger, Ashleigh Rhoades? Confidence and positivity just radiate from her smile.
When Charlotte Russe released their plus-size line, there sadly wasn’t any swimwear, but that didn’t stop blogger Nicole Simone of the blog Curves on a Budget from pairing this Charlotte Russe top with Gabifresh x SwimSexy bottoms.
Hey, if you can’t get to the beach yet then just make your own! I love the mermaid bottoms paired with a tee here for a streetwear style bikini look.
L.A.-based plus size model and blogger Jennifer Buckingham posted this photo on Valentine’s Day when I was likely knee-deep in snow here in Ohio trying to get my hands on some chocolate covered grapes. Buckingham also penned a post for a blog about her own journey to wearing a bikini that is a must-read!
Plus model Mia Juicy posted many gorgeous photos in her first bikini and I am not mad at it. The bikini is from maven Monif C. and it couldn’t be more perfect.
Because I love a bikini too, damnit.