L is for the ladies that sniggered at my legs … 

I was recently enjoying a holiday at the beach with my husband Justin. 

It was the day after I had shot my swimwear and beach accessories content and I was feeling on top of the world. I’d picked out one of my favourite swimsuits and had bounced down to the pool. 
Once poolside I noticed two ladies relaxing on the sun lounges. They were at least 30 years older than me and I remember smiling to myself as they were dressed in the same style of white pant my Mum often wears! 
Then it happened … as we walked past, lady number one tapped lady number two on the arm – they looked straight at my exposed legs and laughed. 
I put my towel down, took off my t-shirt and walked to the waters edge. The ladies didn’t take their eyes off me … in fact they kept whispering and sniggering. 

My husband Justin came to the waters edge oblivious to what had happened and asked me if I was ready to jump in. I couldn’t answer him … instead I could feel the huge lump in my throat form and the hot tears start to fall. 
Bewildered Justin asked me what was wrong. Through sobs I told him – not only was I upset I was humiliated. 
After some reassuring words from Justin and a quick cuddle I pulled myself together. As Justin had pointed out, here were two ladies wearing long pants by the pool making fun of a curvy girl who had the confidence not to cover up her body but to instead let go of her insecurities and simply wear togs in the water. 
I wanted to tell those ladies that they knew nothing about my story. They hadn’t seen the big walk I had been on that morning, they hadn’t seen the scrambled eggs and grilled mushrooms I had had for breakfast when I so desperately wanted toast – I did in fact nourish and care for my body. 
I also wanted to ask why my body shape had to be shamed at the pool?! Why did they have to make me feel like I wasn’t good enough? What was so wrong with me simply wearing togs? 
So the tops of my thighs weren’t perfect – they jiggled when I walked, they are larger than regular size and pockets of fat are visible but they are real and they allow my legs to run, walk and swim! 
As I stood on that pool deck I knew I had two choices – I could let those ladies win and cover up or I could get in that pool and have a swim. 
So in the pool I got … admittedly crest fallen but determined to keep fighting the good fight. Loving yourself is by far the greatest revolution and ALL body shapes can look stylish and beautiful. 

6 Comments

  1. Good on you for getting in that pool. Stuff those narrow minded women. We all deserve to do, wear and enjoy what we want. If more people were like you the world would be so much easier for all us cuddly, curvy, comfy, fun loving girls. Xx

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  2. When I saw this picture of you on Insta, I thought how fabulous & confident you looked. And you give us all curvy girls the confidence to put on those bathers and go forth. I’m heading to the GC on Saturday for a break with hubby & daughter and will wear my bathers with pride….floppy bits and all. Go girl.

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