It’s that time of year …swimsuit season. Hopefully, the hardest part is over. You’ve tried on suit after suit, looking for that magical garment that will pull in what’s sticking out, push up what’s falling down, and make you look 10 pounds thinner and 10 years younger. You’ve run the gauntlet of bad florescent lighting and funhouse mirrors that make swimsuit about as appealing as having a root canal without anesthesia. Now it’s time to actually wear said swimsuit in public, which is only slightly less terrifying than the trying-on process. It’s hard to walk the beach when you’re sucking in your stomach, trying to cross one leg over the other to create a more slimming profile, while keeping one hand on your hip and simulating the picture of the model you saw wearing the same suit.
Men seem to be immune to this pressure. Even with pictures of Channing Tatum and his amazing six pack out there, guys will proudly strut their pony kegs on the beach and declare their muffin top is just a garage for their huge car. I especially admire men who can wear Speedos, aka banana hammocks. Talk about showing us what your mama gave you! They leave nothing to the imagination and that includes manscaping, or lack thereof. I admire their courage.
And speaking of that…I’m over marveling at pictures of “OLDER” women wearing a bikini. Every time an incredibly in-shape, attractive Cameron Diaz is photographed wearing a swimsuit that doesn’t look like it came from the 1800’s, the media chirps in amazement that anyone over the age of FOURTY could look good in a bikini. The same applies with Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, or Teri Hatcher. All former supermodels too. There’s nothing courageous or amazing for a woman of any age to wear a freaking bikini! I say if you look great in a bikini, WEAR IT, no matter what your age.
I guess what I’m doing is lecturing myself about feeling self-conscious in a swimsuit this summer. My fellow women, stop wearing the skirt swimsuits just because you think your thighs don’t look good! Chances are, they look much better than wearing a wet dress at the pool. If you want to wear a bikini but you’re 29 days short on the 30 day ab challenge…who cares? No one cares as much as we do. It’s going to be 82 and sunny today…put on that suit and strut your stuff!