It was only a few years ago that I put on my first plus size bikini, and I’m not kidding when I say it was life changing. It was a galaxy “fatkini” that GabiFresh designed for Swimsuits For All — the first time SFA actually did a collaboration. I wore it around my apartment to get used to it, and then finally braved my in-law’s pool, one of the few places I had worn a swimsuit at all.
I got a message from Gabi soon after — a producer from Good Morning America wanted to interview people who had the bikini, and since she knew I had one, she connected us. Before I knew it, a three-person team from Good Morning America was in my apartment, filming me for their show. (You can actually watch it here.)
I went from never wearing a bikini to appearing on national TV in a bikini in front of millions of people. (AH!) When I saw the clip online I made the serious mistake of reading the comments…and for that moment, it broke me. I reached out to Gabi and asked how she handled it and she gave me an amazing piece of advice; just don’t read the comments. It hit me; those comments would do nothing positive for me, the opinions of these strangers actually meant nothing to me, and by just not reading it I saved myself any pain or hurt.
Since then I haven’t looked back, and I’ve actually appeared on TV a few more times in a bikini. I can confidently put on any type of swimsuit (including a string bikini!) and go out in public without any fear…and I want you to do the same!
So keep scrolling to see some of my favorite plus size swimsuits and get ready to make a splash this summer!