I did it. I actually did it. I bought a fatkini. And I LOVE it.
Year after year of trying to cover up my body in "flaw hiding" swim skirts, tankinis, shirts, long, unswimmable shirts, you name it, finally led me to the decision to purchase a fatkini from Forever21.
Is my body swimsuit ready? Arms? Check. Legs? Check. Torso? Check. Things that go in the top? Check. Things that go in the bottom? Check. Neck and head? Check and check. Turns out I'm not just swimsuit ready, I'm over prepared. Not everyone has both arms and legs, you know. But I do hope that all individuals partaking in swimming or swimming - related activities do have a head.
Anyway, I bought the tomato red fatkini (not Forever21's term, by the way) for under $20. Total. For both pieces. Yes, they were on sale, but even at full price the set comes around $25. The price is just unheard of! Especially in the realm of plus size swimsuits where a one-piece can set you back $80 easily. The suit itself comes in several color choices, and the shape is modeled after retro pin-up suits from the 1950s. Let me tell you, my stomach is very much looking forward to the sun.
It does feel unusually subversive, though, to wear out. When the message perpetuated is that only people of certain sizes are permitted both to have other people and themselves like the way they look in swimwear, being fat in a bikini in public is seditious and takes a surprising amount of many-tiered confidence: the confidence to be fat in public; the confidence to tune out negative comments; the confidence to know that your body looks damn good because it's your body and nobody can take that away from you.
I don't work for Forever21, but I am highly recommending this product. Let me be clear, though: no one is under any obligation to wear anything that makes them uncomfortable. But next time you're shopping for swimsuits, I would suggest a little soul searching regarding the root of that discomfort. It doesn't make it disappear, but it does make if easier to slowly sweep under the rug, one act of subversion at a time.