Bit of Friday night inspiration for you all: the #fatkini hashtag, started by blogger Gabi Gregg, aka GabiFresh, has gone viral. Fuller-figured women are posting photos of themselves in bikinis or swimsuits with the hashtag on social media and it couldn’t be more awesome. There’s now even a dedicated Tumblr page!
Like so many good things that get initiated on social media, this campaign does wonders for positive body image. Women who are called ‘big’ or ‘plus-size’ or whatever other label is bestowed upon them are defying stereotypes that only slim women should wear and/or be photographed in bikinis. No one calls slim women ‘skinny’ or ‘little-size’ so why do these labels exist for curvy women? Adding ‘fat’ to the hashtag is that little bit extra cheeky!
Back in 2012, Gregg wrote this on her blog: “As always, I truly encourage you guys to get to the beach (or a pool) this summer—don’t let body shame keep you from having a good time. I don’t expect everyone to feel comfortable in a two-piece, but hopefully I can inspire some of you to take the plunge. I can’t tell you how freeing it is to just have fun without worrying about what other people think.” This summer, she posted the gorgeous photo above.
Gregg’s blog is dedicated to showing curvy girls how to dress beyond the standard “a-line skirts, wrap dresses, boot cut jeans, and slimming prints,” that the fashion industry pigeonholes them in. Gregg has even released her own line of swimsuits.
You go, girl! The example you are setting for the fashion industry and girls everywhere is refreshing.
Title image source: gabifresh.com; all other images from tumblr.com/tagged/fatkini