Happy Fourth! This is the swimsuit I'll be wearing to the beach this holiday weekend. I know we are inching – slowly! – toward the idea that you don't have to be a size zero, or a teenager, to look good/be allowed on the beach. I also know that, even in the era of the plus-size bikini and the stretch-mark mom, too many of us would rather be skinned alive than put on a swimsuit….and that too many of us are missing out on all the fun of summer: of swimming and sunning, kayaking and paddleboarding, digging for clams and collecting shells, walking our dogs on the sand and holding our children in the water. Science shows that the more non-supermodel bodies we see, the less likely we are to beat up on ourselves. That's true for women, and for girls, too many of whom start worrying way too early about how they look and what needs fixing. We all need to be the change we want to see in the world…and so, this weekend, I hope you'll consider being the woman that the women and girls in YOUR life see in a swimsuit. #nofilter #bethechange #weartheswimsuit
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"I showed you mine . . . " Now you show me yours! That's the bathing suit photo challenge The New York Times bestselling author and mom of two Jennifer Weiner issued to women everywhere this Fourth of July weekend after overhearing a group of girls discussing swimsuits and hearing one say, "I don't want to wear a tankini; my tummy is too big."
A mom to two teenage girls, Weiner posted a photo of herself in a black swimsuit with pink and white ruffles on Instagram and wrote about all of the fun women are missing out on during the Summer because they're afraid to be seen wearing one. "I know we are inching — slowly! — toward the idea that you don't have to be a size zero, or a teenager, to look good/be allowed on the beach," she wrote. "We all need to be the change we want to see in the world," she added.
Weiner then went live on Facebook to issue her challenge — share pictures of yourself in your swimsuit playing with your kids or just being happy. "I want this to be a smorgasbord of positivity!" she told her followers. And that's when moms started sharing their inspiring stories — and their photos.
"For my soon to be born daughter. As a person who was teased for her size and weight as a child I want to teach my daughter that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. What really matters is being active and healthy and the person you are," wrote one woman, who shared a a pregnant photo of herself in a swimsuit.
"Three kids later 😬. Not where I want to be. But teaching my 9 year old daughter all about embracing your body. Frizzy curly hair and all 😂. Summer hair = Fuzzy hair," wrote another.
More than 200 people have posted comments and photos so far — and the weekend's just begun. What a fun and positive way to kick off one of the biggest beach weekends of the Summer. We can't wait to see how many more women contribute to the cause!