Bathing suit shopping can be a real pain in the you-know-what. The too-small sizes, the too-big sizes, the horrible lighting in most changing rooms…it can honestly be a nightmare of sorts. And let’s not even get started on bathing suit shopping when you don’t exactly have your “summer bod” quite ready.
Now imagine having recently had a child and having to go through the nightmarish process of purchasing a brand new bathing suit. Your body looks different, feels different, and just doesn’t feel right.
Well, one mom recently posted a photo of herself in a bikini to Facebook, and the post celebrates all that is motherhood and beauty. The post has since gone viral, and there’s a good reason why: it celebrates and acknowledges the beauty in every single one of us, and the importance of being an example to our children. Read more about it below!
Brittney Johnson recently took a trip to Target to do some bathing suit shopping.
Brittney brought her daughter along with her to help her pick out some suits.
Brittney’s daughter helped her mom pick out 11 different bathing suits, and even joined her mom in the change room as she tried them on.
Brittney tried on multiple suits, sending pictures of them to her friends for their opinions. At one point, Brittany took this photo.
After snapping the photo, Brittney had a sudden realization. She decided to upload the photo onto Facebook.
Brittney uploaded the photo and wrote a long message to accompany it.
“See that sweet baby girl in the corner? With half a dress on and one of the bikini tops I had picked out,” Brittney wrote, referring to her daughter.
“I stopped for a second to see what she would say and when she turned to the mirror, she said ‘Wow I just love cheetah print! I think I look beautiful! Do you think I look beautiful too?!’ when it hit me that she only says what she hears.”
“What she sees. I tell her that she is beautiful every single day. She is kind walking through the mall because I tell her she is kind everywhere else,” the post continued.
“She is polite at the order counter because she hears me when I’m polite to strangers everywhere.”
“She gives compliments to people she doesn’t know because she loves how it feels when she hears them.”
“And when we are in a dressing room, with swimsuits of all God forsaken things, there is a split moment when I have the power to say ‘wow I have really gotten fat this year’ OR ‘wow I love this coral color on me!’ And those are the words burned into my daughter’s brain.”
“When it comes to manners, be an example. When it comes to kindness, be an example. And when it comes to body image, be an example.”
“I am not a size zero. I never will be. I have big thighs and a huge rump and for some reason, the middle of my body gets more tan than the rest? But this body made a whole other body. I am strong. I am able. And I am happy.”
“I don’t have to be beautiful like you because I am beautiful like me. And as my daughter gets older, and she faces judgment and criticism, I will always remind her that the girls who look the prettiest in a two piece, or a body suit, or a freaking Snuggie, are the ones who are happy. Because that’s ALL that matters.”
The inspiring post has since gone viral with over 300,000 likes and over 100,000 shares. One thing for certain is that this mom is setting a great example for her little girl. We should all take this as an opportunity to remember that happiness comes from within, and that beauty manifests itself in so many different ways.