If you hadn’t heard👀it’s National Bikini Day & you know I’m loving the @Aerie swim I’m in, but I know for many that may not be the case. I used to pretend to be super confident in a #bikini especially as it was my job as a model for the last 14years. However when I was a younger I remember the constant self-doubt and comparisons with others & the ideal of “perfection” I tried to hold myself to, then feel like I constantly wasn’t good enough. I can’t remember the exact moment of realisation when I figured out perfect does not exist and that my consumption with trying to be something else that I couldn’t was holding me back from being my best self. . Maybe it was after the straight sized modelling industry for years had told me I was too big to make it then hearing from the plus-size industry I would never make it because I was too small, so instead of believing I was the problem I decided these “ideals” were. And I really wanted to be valued for so much more than my size. I no longer wanted for my size or body to be my definition or focus. That surely investing time into self-care, working out for strength, flexibility and mobility and falling in love with food again would mean I could be happy, healthy and confident in who I am. Even though our stories may not be the same, I know that millions of you may have thoughts of self-doubt and insecurities that are holding you back. So if there’s one thing you can take from this, it’s that there is more to life than this. You can learn & practise to accept then love yourself because that’s what you deserve. Life gets so much easier when you are kind to yourself - and kind to others. Maybe you won’t be able to wear a bikini just yet, but know that you are never alone in how you’re feeling. You are #imperfectlyperfect and that’s enough. The people who❤️you love you for who you are and so should you - because you’re one of a kind, limited edition & meant to be you! I’d love you to join the conversation and celebrate the real you by Sharing your unretouched swim photo with #AerieREAL & they’ll donate $1 (up to $25K) to @NEDA a non profit helping save lives from the mental illness with the highest mortality rate.
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