The pressure to be “bikini ready” can really make a gal sweat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. These seven celebrities have discovered the secret to feeling comfortable in a bathing suit. (Hint: It has to do with loving the skin you’re in, flaws and all.) Here, they share their opinions on everything from post-baby cellulite to the ridiculous pressure to have a thigh gap.
On not seeking perfection
“I don’t care to look absolutely perfect in a bathing suit. I’m a normal girl. I’m strong. I’m fit. I feel good about myself after I’ve had a baby.” —Hilary Duff, Today, June 2016
On the beauty of one-pieces
“I love one-pieces. I think one-pieces can be super-sexy. I don’t think you need to show everything for it to be sexy. And now one-pieces [include] high European cuts and I think they’re great and I feel really comfortable in them. So for me I’m always a one-piece girl.” —Khloe Kardashian, Lorraine, June 2016
On thigh gaps
On bathing suits after babies
“I never looked good in a bathing suit, so now I look worse in a bathing suit. I have cellulite. But I would much rather have my kids and look a little worse in a bathing suit!” —Drew Barrymore, People, February 2015
On giving up judgment
Pic with dry hair before snorkeling. 🐠🐟🐡 As bikini season starts to roll in, let's keep in mind that a girl wearing a swimsuit does not mean it's a free ticket to judge her body. In fact, don't you dare judge anyone's body without knowing their story, their strengths, and who they are. ☝️Your body is simply a physical vessel for you to carry out the things you want to accomplish with your life. Take care of your body, respect it, and it will do amazing things for you. Don't fall into the vanity trap. Obsession is scary and volatile. Focus on doing the things you love, like finding a workout that makes you smile, and your body will respond in a favorable way. It's really not too hard, but you must cut out the noise and listen to your heart. 💗
“As bikini season starts to roll in, let’s keep in mind that a girl wearing a swimsuit does not mean it’s a free ticket to judge her body. In fact, don’t you dare judge anyone’s body without knowing their story, their strengths, and who they are. Your body is simply a physical vessel for you to carry out the things you want to accomplish with your life. Take care of your body, respect it and it will do amazing things for you. Don’t fall into the vanity trap.” —Cassey Ho, Instagram, April 2016
On appreciating what you’ve got
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was 26. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re 34.” —Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, 2008
On not caring what anyone else thinks
I meant to write "good morning trolls!" I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you've never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!
“This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda.” —Amy Schumer in response to body-shaming comments, Instagram, May 2016