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22 Mar

love the swim you’re in with Aerie.

i’m very excited to be sharing today’s post with you! Aerie is a brand that i look up to for their un-retouched photos, models of all shapes & sizes, and of course their sole mission in our social media age to help women love & accept their bodies as is. all these photos below are un-retouched and i couldn’t be more proud to share with you my real, curvy body in a swimsuit! Aerie’s current campaign ‘love the swim you’re in’ partners with the National Eating Disorders Association {NEDA} to donate $1 {up to $10k} every time a photo is uploaded using the hashtag #AerieREAL of an un-retouched photo! it’s such an amazing & important cause, and i’m proud to be a part of it.

now for some real talk: i wasn’t always confident wearing swimsuits. in fact, for the majority of my life i wore swim skirts to try and hide my thick thighs. i was always self-conscious of my them because i thought they were too big. for the longest time i was obsessed with the infamous “thigh gap” that society has told women is the epitome of beauty and sexiness. so for years, i hid myself. even though i always loved going to the pool and vacationing to the beach every summer, i never let myself feel totally free. i always felt… exposed. any woman who has had to battle negative body image knows the mental weight i’m talking about. even if no one is looking, it feels like they are. even if you’ve chosen a suit that hides the parts you want no one to see, you still feel uncomfortable. it’s a sad and difficult way to feel.

i wish i could tell you all one simple remedy that made me snap out of this negative way of thinking. i wish i could say i had one powerful tip for you to hit the pool/beach in a bikini this weekend and not give a damn. but the honest truth is that there isn’t a single moment that will result in you loving your body. instead, it is a consistent choice each and every day. every morning when you look in the mirror, you have to promise yourself that you are going to love your curves a little more than you did yesterday. look right at those spots you’ve always been at war with and instead of criticizing them, tell them that you love them. even say it out loud! it may seem silly but it helps.

at the end of the day, self-love is synonymous with acceptance. as soon as you realize that your body is the only one you’ve got and that it’s real and beautiful and capable of so many wonderful things, that’s when everything else starts to fade away. today, i’ve come to love my thick thighs! in fact, robbie has always said it’s one of his favorite things about me. {as my girl Ashley Graham says, ‘thick thighs save lives!’} it’s been a journey to get to the point where i love my curves, but now i wouldn’t trade them for anything. they are what make me me. i am real. i am natural. i am beautiful. i am strong. i am curvy. and i wouldn’t have it any other way.

a special thanks to Aerie for helping spread awareness and acceptance of self-love and body confidence. they are one of my favorite brands because i truly believe Aerie is making the world a brighter place for women of all shapes and sizes! i wouldn’t say that if i didn’t believe it. we could all use more love & positivity toward ourselves! xx one piece sunflower swimsuit c|o Aerie {sold out, same suit different print here}
straw hat {similar here & here}

thanks to Aerie for sponsoring this post!

more of my favorite Aerie one pieces here:

51 Comments
  • Carly Young

    You are perfection and I admire you so much!!

    March 23, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Anna English

    I love Aerie and this swimsuit!

    March 23, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
  • sarah lindner

    I love that bathing suite!
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    ​​​XOXO​
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

    March 23, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Ashley Zeal

    This is everything and more! Thank you for always being such a beacon of positivity in my life and in the world! Love you!!!!

    March 23, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Kylee Wilson

    This is so incredible! And I just got two adorable swimsuits from Aerie so I’ll be sure to use the hashtag. Thanks so much for sharing.

    March 23, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Fred Rongo

    I’ve always loved Aerie! They have the cutest pieces. I just ordered a suit from them!

    And this cause is awesome. Makes me love them even more!

    You’re confidence is everything. <3

    March 23, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply
    • Fred Rongo

      OMG. **Your

      March 23, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Lauryn Hock

    That swimsuit is perfect for your tiny waistline! Love how you embrace the curves.

    xo,
    Lauryn
    http://www.lauryncakes.com

    March 23, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Mercedes Ritchie

    So beautiful! You really are amazing! I love that colour on you as well!

    March 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Love your pretty swimsuit! I love Aerie and shop their sleep section all the time!

    March 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Emily

    i didn’t know aerie made swimwear! love this suit on you.

    xo Emily
    http://www.thehipsuburban.com

    March 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Noelia Cole

    I need that yellow swimsuit!

    March 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Janelle Reeves

    K this is so perfect. You suit is amazing and your words were so inspiring!

    March 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • miriam

    oh wow i didn’t know they carried swimwear! i love AE!
    you look amazing darling and i loved this post! <3

    March 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Monica Packer

    This is one of the best posts you’ve ever written. Truly. And that’s high praise because I LOVE your writing. I never thought of the “mental weight” you brought up–I still struggle with this, which is frustrating because I preach it so well, girl! Also, what you said about it being a daily CHOICE to accept. So much of this resonated with me and I’ll be sharing it. Thanks for your incredible light, Sarah!

    March 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Bella

    I love aerie, they have great swimsuit! I love the yellow on you babe.

    March 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Ana Duarte

    That print it so cute! Yellow is such a great color on you!

    -Ana

    http://www.theanaduarte.com

    March 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    I love Aerie!! This suit is adorable on you. Love the print!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

    March 24, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Elise

    this suit is adorable!!

    March 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Girl! you are stunning in the swimsuit–yellow suits you! And why wasn’t I following you–I love your colorful outfits and all all the curvy fashion! Now I want that swimsuit–how do you think it would look on my pregnant belly? LOL

    March 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Lindsay

    Girl you look fabulous!! I love this campaign! As a fellow thick girl I say show off them thighs haha!

    March 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Ruthie Ridley

    What a GORGEOUS suit!! I love the color and print so much!! What an amazing campaign!! Love it so much.

    March 26, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Maggie

    Thank you for sharing this. You are a beautiful person and everyone who knows you knows that you are amazing! Talking about this, sharing your story will help so many girls with their own issues and now they will know they are not alone in their insecurities. It is amazing that Aerie is doing this– probably the best campaign I have ever seen!

    xo

    March 26, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Meghan

    I definitely have to look at their swimwear collection now. I wasn’t aware they have cute stuff! You look fab dear!!!

    March 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply
  • Whitney

    This swimsuit is gorgeous and looks amazing on you! Yellow is definitely your color.

    March 27, 2017 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Lexi

    You look gorgeous! I gave up on the dream of a thigh gap sometime back in college and never looked back, thank goodness. Love this post!

    March 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • Sara

    I couldn’t love this post more! Not only is that suit is gorg but more importantly you look beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo, Sara

    March 27, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Meggan

    So fab girl!! Love th suit and hat!

    March 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

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