There are a few things I want you to notice about this photo.
1) Even though my booty is by all definitions big, see how it doesn't look all that perky or round from this angle? Guess what, no one looks good from every angle and because admittedly I never do squats, my butt tends to flatten when I lay flat. This is normal. This is okay. I still love myself.
2) The cellulite and stretch marks on my booty/hips are especially obvious from this angle. That's partially due to my lack of tan in that area (you can tell I'm pretty new to cheeky swimsuits! Lol) but they don't bother me. This is normal. This is okay. I still love myself.
3) A part of my body I have always hated are my thick ankles, or 'cankles' as some would call them. They're on full display here and to me it is the most cringe-worthy part of the pic. BUT I am learning to embrace them, even if it is hard at times. This is normal. This is okay. I still love myself. °
Body positive bloggers and IGers like @saggysara @bodyposipanda @mira_hirsch @allisonkimmey @theashleygraham and more have inspired me to love myself more as I am now. Though there are now more body types being featured online, we still have a tendency to feel we never quite measure up to any of the ideals. Maybe we think we're not curvy enough, or toned enough, or tall enough, or whatever. It differs for all of us but that little voice telling you you're not good enough needs to be told to shut up. We all have ways we could change, often even ways we could improve, but that doesn't mean we aren't just as worthy of love in our current state as we would be after whatever change we'd like to make. You are normal. You are okay. You should love yourself.