For plus-size women — or really anyone who's ever received unwanted comments about their body — even just the act of finding a swimsuit that you're comfortable in can be a harrowing experience. Even more terrifying is actually going to a public pool or the beach, where your body is ultimately on display for complete strangers to see, judge, and maybe even comment on, should they have zero manners or human decency.
The latter is exactly what happened to Shelly Proebstel, otherwise known by her blogging moniker Bald and Beautiful. In a now-viral Facebook post, she recalled a recent experience of fielding some extremely offensive comments about her body, donned in a bikini, and offered up maybe the best clapback of all time.
Moral of the story? You should be able to wear WHATEVER you want to the beach, and screw people who say otherwise.
You might encounter a few trolls here and there, but pay no mind to others who secrete their sense of power by policing bodies that don't belong to them. As the reaction to Proebstel's post proves, there are good people out there who'll support you in your bikini-body mission (that is, to put a bikini on the body you already have and look excellent in it).