Here in Australia, we’re approaching the start of spring. This means we’ll soon be swapping our jumpers for pretty dresses (yay!). But it’s also right around the time that we all start panicking about getting our ‘bikini bodies’ ready. After all, summer is only four months away!
But this year, we have a radical proposition. Rather than putting pressure on yourself to get a peachy, perfectly round booty, visible abs or a thigh gap (or all three, which less than 0.0001% of the population has, BTW) by summer, why not work on loving your ‘beach body’ as it is?
Of course, we’re all for working to become the healthiest, fittest version of yourself. But how often do we set ourselves up for failure by trying to get the ‘perfect’ figure by a certain deadline? If we don’t achieve it, we’re left feeling like our summer bodies aren’t up to scratch. And summer is for beach days with friends, swimming in the salty surf and long, balmy nights—not stressing about your rig.
So this year, instead of obsessing over Instagram models with a completely different body type to you, why not follow these gorgeous body confident bloggers and Instagrammers? These kickass girls don’t let little things like tummy rolls, cellulite or stretch marks stop them from rocking their bikinis with pride—and they’ll inspire you to do the same.
Not only is Aussie blogger Chloe’s feed absolutely dreamy (those pastel vibes!), she’s a wonderful role model for those petite, curvy babes out there. She shares little gems of wisdom about self-love and body confidence, while simultaneously reminding us that life is for living, NOT for obsessing over our bodies. Follow @lovechloejane
Okaaaay, so British model Rachel is slim, blonde and 6 foot tall. But her Insta account is a great reminder that even near perfect specimens have their body hang-ups. She’s not afraid to get real and vulnerable about topics like cellulite and rolls and we absolutely love her for it! Follow @rachel_bowler_
Mama Cax is one seriously badass babe. She’s a cancer survivor, blogger, body positivity activist, model and motivational speaker and her Instagram account is a must-follow. She rocks the hand she’s been given in life with grace and confidence—and looks damn good doing it! Follow @mamacaxx
London-based Aussie Ellie is first and foremost a travel blogger, but she also shares little gems about her journey to body acceptance. We love the fact that she offers practical advice to help the rest of us make peace with our bodies, too. Follow @livewithelle
As a Paralympian snowboarder, Brenna Huckaby is more accustomed to rocking snow gear than a bikini. However, she’s become something of an accidental body confidence activist after her shoot with Sports Illustrated went viral—and we’re living for it! Follow @bren_hucks
San Francisco blogger Sarah Tripp absolutely radiates body confidence. You don’t have to be a curvy gal to appreciate her bright, fun feed—as she puts it herself, it’s all about rocking what you got, whether you’re a size 2 or 22! Follow @sassyredlipstick
This pro surfer and body confidence activist is passionate about showing the world that athletes come in all different shapes and sizes. She’s living proof that you don’t have to be stick thin to be strong, sexy and healthy. Follow @bostanley