There is a new phenomenon in the fat community, actually it is not really so much new as it is quickly gaining ground. Last summer plus size blogger Gabi Gregg made headlines (literally) by posting images of herself in a bikini, out in public, enjoying herself. Imagine the nerve, showing off her fat rolls in public and being happy about it.
Gabi inspired many other women of all sizes to bare their bellies on the beach and suddenly a movement was underway with fat girls across the internet baring their bellies in whatever bikinis they could find. The pickings were slim, only a few independent companies like Love Your Peaches, and Designs by Ro offered bikinis in plus size and super sizes.
The last eight months a few commercial retailers have snuck in the odd bikini here and there possibly testing the waters. This month Gabi joined forces with Swimsuits for All (S4A) to produce a plus size swimwear collection with a few fatkinis as well as a one piece and a cover up ($68 each). It is like the internet blew up with happiness for Gabi and her swimsuits.
S4A did not stop there; they offer a few cute plus size two pieces outside this collection. My favorite being the Swim Sexy Polka Dot Halter Bikini ($68). I love the retro styling which is similar to the Gabi Fresh line but with dots.
This is not the first time we had a fat belly revolution. A few years back there was Stacy Bias's website Bellies are Beautiful. It is still running if you want to take a look at the creative ways people are showing off their bellies.
What does all this tummy roll baring mean for plus size women this summer? For the most part I think it will mean a lot of burnt tummies as women forget to add the extra sunscreen. For many other women it will mean building up a thick skin for naysayers who want you to keep covered up and out of site. There will be ridiculing, people. If we cannot walk down the street fully clothed without it then sure enough we will not be able to walk down the beach in a bikini with out.
Does that mean we should not do it? Hell, no. If you want to bare your big thighs, arms, and belly then by all means do so and keep your head held high -- people are less likely to bully someone with their head up. And before you go out practice some stinging come backs ahead of time in the mirror so you are not left feeling like you should have said something. You have a right to wear what you want to the beach – whether it is a head to toe wetsuit or a two piece bathingsuit. It is going to take some time for society to accept that we are reclaiming our bodies, please do not be discouraged. You are a pioneer.