Summer is a season which is either loved or hated by each individual, and there seems to be no inbetween. Personally, I love the summer, by no means is it my season (I love the autumn more), but I cannot deny my yearly anticipation for its arrival after a long stretch of bitter cold and torrential rain. Of course, my love of the season may in part be due to the fact that I seem to be perpetually cold, and the change in climate provides a welcome rest from shivering and chattering teeth. However, aside from the warm weather, there is so much more that i love about the season, which admittedly, are reasons personal to me. I love visiting my Grandma in the south, and spending long hot days on pebbled beaches, or wandering around stately homes, enthralled by the history and beauty of it all. I love the fact that watermelon seemingly becomes a ubiquitous dietary staple, and that all too familiar coconut scent of suncream.
Despite the obvious joys attached to summer, there are other factors that break this idealistic image of summertime bliss. The most prominent of these is an issue that has, or will undeniably affect everybody at some point in their lives: the bikini body. Immense amounts of pressure are put onto men and women alike, to conform to the unrealistic standards set by society, which can ultimately ruin a person’s summer holiday, as self-esteem is torn apart by images of flawless models frolicking in their designer bikinis on , painting for us the ‘perfect’ image that we should all aspire to be. In my mind, however, there is no such thing as this all to prominent ‘bikini body’, for there should be no set standard for how a person should or should not look. Also, it goes without saying that I strongly believe that a person’s shape or size should not determine how attractive a person is, and whether they should or should not wear a certain item of clothing. If you feel good in something, wear it. Somebody could be a size six, or a size fourteen, and this size different should not be the deciding factor in whether a person buys a bikini. Chances are, the bikini is beautiful, you are also beautiful, therefore no matter what standards are set by society, you should buy the bikini, and wear it, because you will look amazing in it.
These celebrities who, yes, are beautiful, like us, have their own insecurities, and are human. Nobody is perfect, and nobody will ever be completely happy with their appearance, but these ‘imperfections’ that you see when you look in the mirror should be embraced, and accepted as part of you as a person, rather than shunned and seen as something ugly that should be hidden away. Personally, I am completely happy with my body, yet have other insecurities, that I cannot hide, and will not hide for the sake of other people’s satisfaction. Believe it or not, we all have them, whether it be stretch marks, acne scars, bruises, cuts, uneven skin, medical equipment necessary for survival, such as feeding tubes, and the list goes on. Humans, as a species, are guaranteed to talk, to try to bring you down about these things, and it is most definitely not always intentional, however it is our own choice to let these comments affect us in a negative way. Once, I had particularly bad spots on my back and chest, and I was asked whether I had a rash, and that comment really got to me, but I shouldn’t have let it; it was nothing but an innocent observation. The only thing that truly matters is your happiness, and health, both physical and mental. If people want to bring your appearance into the equation, that is their choice, but if you feel beautiful and confident in what you are wearing, in the makeup you have on your face, or even just in your own skin, that is all that matters.
Having a ‘bikini-body’ is not the ultimatum that decides the quality of summer. Do not let shallow standards prevent you happiness and confidence!