#Fatkini hashtag inspires body positivity -- and heated debate

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#Fatkini hashtag inspires body positivity -- and heated debate
So we now live in a world where larger gals can wear something called a "fatkini." http://t.co/HbBjsQm9cm
New bikini, beach day!! #bikini #beach #palmbeach #highwaistedbikini #retro #vintage #cute #curvy #puertorican #beachday #beautiful
I live in swimsuits and couldn't be happier @official_chubby_bunnies #size18 #summer #fatspo #fatshion #plussize #bikini #fatkini #psblogger #tanning #pooltime
There's a ton of happiness in this photo. #summer #beach #ocean #beachbum #fatspo #fatshion #bikini #bikinibody #size18 #plussize #psblogger #nofilter @official_chubby_bunnies
Living the good life! Photo by the amazing @mrrichardfloren.
Today I personally overcame my fears of bikinis that weren't high waisted. My tummy is an area that I'm still learning to love- even though I appreciate everything it has done for me. It's round & covered in stretch marks from carrying my beautiful son in it. My fiancé loves it & constantly touches it & because of those reasons I recently decided to be kinder to it. With every other area of my body- learning to love it has been faking it until I actually accepted. The misconception about myself & many other fat/plus sized women is that we are this way because we don't care, that we have "let ourselves go" when in reality this is the best I've ever felt/looked. But I couldn't have gotten there on yo yo diets, trying to be someone I'm not, & bullying myself to fit into an unrealistic mold of beauty. I have carved my own path & will continue to do so.. Overcoming one hurdle at a time & appreciating my successes & failures. So today I am celebrating being able to swim with my son without worrying what others might say.. & guess what? No one cared that my tummy was out.. & it was glorious. (Bikini by @simplybeusa) #tessmunster #effyourbeautystandards
Having a bad day; this cheers me up. Haters are gonna hate, don't listen to them they aren't worth your time. #plussize #plussizefashion #plusfashion #curvy #curvesarein #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves #fatshion #fashion #love #tcfstyle #plusmodelmag #skorch #skorchmagazine #skorchmag #daremag #curvycanadian #stylehasnosize #psblogger #psbloggers #clothes #torontofashion #curves #curvymodel #celebratemysize #fatkini #feminist #effyourbodystandards #bodypositive
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#fatkini #fatshion #effyourbeautystandards Why am I the cutest
Oops! I'm late posting again! #10 in @mariedenee #thecurvyfashionista's #tcfstyle #photochallenge - Outside you box - and I definitely stepped outside my box the day I wore my #fatkini!!! #flightofthefatgirl #montreal #boldqueens #bbw #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves #bodypositive #mtlblogger #psbloggers #psblogger #plussize #plussizefashion #swimsuitsforall #plussizestyle #fatshionista #celebratemysize #daremag #plusmodelmag
#fatkini #loveyourbody #bestsummerever2014
#sundayfunday #beachbums #littleman #silly
On the beach at bora bora :) #borabora#Ibiza#sunny#beach#pokadots#drinking
Body confidence doesn’t come from trying to achieve the ‘perfect’ body. It comes from embracing the one you’ve already got! #fatkini
Beautiful bikini #Fatkini #fatbabe #fatgirls #fatshion #fullfigured #fat #chubbychaser #CelebrateMySize #curvygirl #chubbygirl #bbwgram #bbwlover #biggirlsdoitbetter #BigGirlSwag #biggirlsrock #bbw #bigandbeautiful #teamprettybiggirls #thickerthenasnicker #plussize #plussizeblogger #plussizefashion #plussizebeauty #plussizebeauties #plussizemodel
i'm joining the #fatkini movement. unfortunately i haven't worn this bathing suit out in public yet since getting it in june, but i applaud all of the awesome chicks who have - and continue to - rock their bikinis this summer. #werk #losehatenotweight
YAY to believing in your right to feel beautiful. So pumped to see the #fatkini tag rocking it today! #mtlclass #moretoloveselfie #effyourbeautystandards #bodylove #radicalbodylove #fat #happy #beyoubetrue
There are no words for how freaking happy I am to open up Facebook and see #mtv supporting body positivity and the #fatkini trend. It's so beautiful to see such a large and powerful network supporting such an important cause like #bodypositivitiy go MTV! Here's me in my #fatkini shot my @melissaaltieri !
Out here gettin some color! Top: @targetstyle bottoms: @forever21 #skorchbeachbabe #psblogger #plussizebathingsuit #fatkini #honormycurves #celebratemysize #bbbg #fashionforwardplus
Already missing the Boston #ocean #latergram #fatkini
pool day with my girl!! #summer #fatkini #effyourbeautystandards
Enjoying a beach day on my 41st week of pregnancy with my husband and sister. My womb is so soft and comfortable my baby doesn't want to leave. Baby Paloma come out!!! #thebiggirlscode #psblogger #plussizeblogger #fatkini #pspregnancy #plussizepregnancy #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #birthwithoutfear #psmaternity #plussizematernity #asosplus #fatpositive #bodypositive
Lovin' Old Orchard! #oldorchard #me #selfie #fatkini #bodypositive #loveit #oldorchardbeach #beach #summer #beautiful #yay
I really need to get a top for these old @simplybeuk bottoms! This one is for @katiesoze 😉❤️ #fat #fatshion #radfat #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizefatshion #plussizestyle #plusgirlswithstyle #fatfashion #psbloggers #psblogger #fbloggers #fblogger #chubbybunnies #andigotdressed #andigetdressed #ootd #psootd #nobodyshamecampaign #styleissizeless #effyourhealthstandards #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards
Fuck it, I feel cute. Spending my day swimming and then seeing my fabulous niece. Life is really good.
Swim Day 🌞👙 #atx
Enjoy my last day at the sea ♥
Show dem rolls!
How to get a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body! #Win this @robynlawley1 #bikini (& more!) with our $200 gift card #giveaway to @swimsuitsforall! Enter to WIN at daremag.ca/contests. Photo by @michtakespics • Model @denisebidot @modernmusesnyc • Beauty by @angelalvarado #curvy #plussizefashion #curves #fatkini #swimsuit #beach #honoryourcurves #denisebidot #fashion #summer #fatshion #dare #daremagazine
Here's the second #swimsuit featured in today's post -> InMyJoi.blogspot.com While I was on location taking pictures for this #styleblog post, there was actually a LIVE/real-deal photo shoot going on, with professional swimsuit models and all! I begin to feel nervous and unsure about taking pictures in my #fatkini ! One of the models (who was super tiny BTW) called out to me and said: "I just have to say, you look amazing! " As a result of her kind words, my insecurities began to melt away. My changed attitude was reflected on film. Remember ladies: we ARE indeed beautiful, and we are ALL #realwomen . Recognize and utilize the power that we have to inspire and encourage one another, instead of belittling and attempting to tear one another down! #realtalk#honormycurves#psblogger#bopo#f21xme#sexyateverycurvecontest @swimsuitsforall #30PlusStyle #tcfstyle#bbbg#psbloggers#plussizeswimwear#plussize#plusmodelmag
I just wanna take you out and show off...🏆 #Sunnies #BeachDay #BeachBody #BeachBabe #BeYoutiful #CurvyGirlsRock #HonorMyCurves #EffYourBeautyStandards #GoldenConfidence #fatkini #F21XME #Fashion #Style #beauty #WCW #CelebrateMySize #SexyAtEveryCurveContest @swimsuitsforall
Koca göbekli adamlar ortada dolasiyorken neden kilolu bayanlar bikini giyemesin? #fatkini yaz sen de destek ol. http://t.co/KeamaU6bBr
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By CHELSEA HUANG

#Fatkini is the newest hashtag to gain major traction on social media and aims to inspire women to share images of their 'real bodies' in bikinis, according to The Independent.

The word "fatkini" is attributed to fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, who coined the term in a 2012 blog post in hopes of encouraging readers to "take the plunge."

"I truly encourage you guys to get to the beach (or a pool) this summer – don't let body shame keep you from having a good time," she wrote.

The trend has become increasingly popular in the past few weeks, as scores of full-figured women post images of themselves in their bikinis. Much of the response has been positive -- Buzzfeed hailed the participating women for their "bold and beautiful" statements. But the movement has also stirred up a debate about health.

Many have taken to social media to criticize the trend for glamorizing obesity.


Despite the negativity, women continue to participate in the #fatkini movement in the name of body acceptance.

"I can't tell you how freeing it is to just have fun without worrying about what other people think," Gregg wrote.

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