Dreaming of a Fatkini Summer

               

Have you heard of a “fatkini?” It’s exactly what it sounds like: a two-piece bathing suit for curvy ladies made famous by fashion blogger Gabbi Fresh. Gabbi has curves; which is a polite euphemism for being a plus-size woman. With remnants of snow on the ground here in the northeast, I’m dreaming of my own fatkini for this summer.

Earlier today my daughter and I went shopping to pick up some things with her birthday gift cards. Bathing suits – a polite euphemism for bikinis – hit us as soon as we entered.  There were neon monstrosities that reminded me more of Mr. Yuk than sun and sand. There were cute bikinis that I would love to wear if I had a body that allowed for glorified Band-Aids. I don’t, so I headed to the corner where full piece suits were tucked away all sad and lonely. The suits were, of course, black or teal paisley. If I could get my hands on the person who wrote the “Plus-Size Ladies Love Paisley” memo, I would have a field day.

But it’s not just plus-size women that must feel left out when they hit the store and unsuspectingly walk into Bikini Wonderland. I have never worn a bikini, yet they continue to taunt me – as if my body is supposed to conform to what a manufacturer deems I should wear instead of bodies dictating sizes to designers. It’s incredibly frustrating to be a woman sometimes.

That’s why I find the fatkini so liberating: it will fit me – as I am. Right now.  There will be no counting carbs or boring strides on a treadmill or feeling like I’m about to die on an elliptical so I can flaunt someone else’s idea of what my body should look like on the beach. Or the pool.

Yes, exercise is wonderful, but counting calories so I can triumphantly fall in line is not the person I want to be. Loving your body should not be a constant battle that requires a deep inhale and thick metal armor. No. This summer I’ll love my body by wearing something that fits me: a black and white striped two-piece!

Teenagers and hard bodies be warned: my sun-kissed, plus-sized, stretch-marked and cellulite fabulousness is about to not give a flying hoot. And there won’t be a paisley anything about it.

Honestly, I can’t wait. I have a matching hat and big sunglasses. Maybe a chunky yellow bracelet to add some color. Unfortunately I’m so pale right now that I might as well be translucent, but I can easily fix that without tracking points.

This summer, more than anything, you can find me loving my body for exactly what it is: powerful, beautiful and perfect. Just as it is. 

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Dreaming of a Fatkini Summer

Liz Henry is the irreverent voice behind the award-winning blog The Six Year Itch. She lives with her daughter and her partner, Slasher, in Philadelphia. That's not his real name and that's not her real hair color. Her soft middle is totally real. Liz graduated summa cum lazy with a degree in English literature, which means she knows how to write properly, but rarely does. She loves Harry Potter and Luna is her favorite. ... More

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4 comments

  1. nydia rivera says:

    you go! I dislike bikinis and bathinh suits I’ve worn a tankini with a skirt cover up, but I never judge when a curvy woman wears a bathing suit.

  2. Katherine says:

    ever heard of a tankini?

  3. Grace says:

    where to find these fatkini’s/ what stores, i have never hear of them but wouldn’t mind trying one….

  4. I wish I had your confidence! Amazing. =]

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