The Obsession with “Bikini Ready” Bodies

With spring break season in full effect, women everywhere are trying to be in the best possible shape for the occasion. Girls want to feel completely comfortable and confident wearing their favorite bikinis while making a debut on the beach. There is no secret that this is such a sensitive, yet heavily discussed topic. Even artists like “Drake” rap about girls “dropping 10 pounds preparing for summer.” Being in shape is very important for our physical health, but it raises concerns about why girls become worried about fitting into a specific physical characteristic.

Women should be able to go to the beach and wear a swimsuit without feeling self-conscious about their bodies. From the media, clothing ads and music artist there is this idea that you have to have a slim waist and a flat stomach to be “swim suit ready”. It makes girls feel that if they aren’t a size 2, they shouldn’t have any business in a two-piece. Which is far from the reality of most women in America. There was a study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin that found the average clothing size for women in the U.S is between a 12-14.  

I spent my spring break in south beach Miami and I have never seen such a wide range of body types that were confident in their physiques no matter what size they were. There were men and women that were in great physical shape and they knew it. Most of the men in Miami were shirtless and doused with oil and the women wore just bikini tops and shorts while strolling down Collins Avenue. Surprisingly, there were women who didn’t have flat stomachs and were not afraid to wear bikinis on and off the beach. I found that to be liberating and comforting knowing that people can be comfortable in their own skin. Especially in a city like Miami that has such a great focus on physical appearance.

Women should be able to make a personal choice about their desired weight and size. If they want to be smaller, then they should work towards that goal. On the other hand, if they are content with the current state of their bodies and it doesn’t match this “slim waist” stereotype, they shouldn’t be judged for that. The next time you think about losing weight or getting in shape, think about if you are doing it for yourself or trying to fit into an unrealistic mold.

Written by: Teryn Payne