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As much as I complain about the heat (and the heat has been unbearable), I come alive in the summer. Being born in August might have something to do with that, or it might have to do with my new found love of baring my summer body. As a fat person, I spent a decent chunk of my life dreading the warmth and worrying about what the eff I would wear. Thank God I grew out of that, or else I would have been missing out on one of my favourite activities!

Before I go forward, I wanted to quickly introduce you to my friends in the photos! Allie and Erica are some of my closest pals and I’m sure you might recognize them from some of our previous shoots together. We had sort of a last minute photoshoot by the pool and it turned out phenomenally. You’d never know there were gawking bystanders the whole time! Make sure you click their names to get to their instagram pages!

 

What I’m wearing  Swimsuit: Simply Be (use code “SBSUMMER104” for 50% off) Sunglasses: Etsy

 

 

I’ll admit, I’ve always dreamed of having a friend group who spent more time enjoying their time at the pool instead of covering up and worrying about what they look like. To be clear, feeling insecure in your bathing suit is valid as hell. There’s very little positive representation of plus bodies (actual plus size bodies, btw) enjoying the skin their in. However, once I learned to love myself and not fear putting on a swimsuit, I knew I wanted to meet other people who felt the same. I might have my own confidence, but sometimes I even have my own off days. Having friends who would rather enjoy their bodies unapologetically has been life changing. 10/10 would recommend!

 

What Allie’s wearing Bikini: Swimsuits for All x Gabi Fresh Sunglasses: Ray Bans

What Erica’s wearing Swimsuit: Unknown Sunglasses: Amazon