As summer approaches, so does the reminder that society unfortunately still pressures us to have the perfect “bikini body.” While we may have made progress in terms of body positivity, that lingering voice can be hard to ignore. In fact, a recent survey of Refinery29 readers found that 73% of people feel anxious about wearing a swimsuit at the beach or pool.
YouTuber Hazel Hayes isn’t immune to the pressure — in a new Instagram post, she shared that she’s been feeling particularly self-conscious about wearing a swimsuit in public.
“Bikini Body,” she wrote. “Two little words. Two horrid bloody words that threaten to ruin every woman’s Summer.”
Bikini Body. Two little words. Two horrid bloody words that threaten to ruin every woman’s Summer. I’d been dreading sunbathing at VidCon. Quite frankly the thought of getting my flabby bits out in front of all my friends makes me feel a bit queasy. And this year especially, after weeks on set not watching what I eat and never once stepping foot inside a gym (not that I usually do but go with me here) I’m feeling particularly self conscious. So here it is. For all the …read more