The myth of the “bikini body” hangs heavy in the air. Like humidity in the summer, it’s invisible, oppressive, and makes you want to stay inside. It becomes hard for us to enjoy the beach and to let loose, which is a shame, because the Philippines has over 7,000 beautiful islands, and everywhere’s a beach.
Because of the body positivity movement, popular conceptions of what it means to have a “summer bod” are changing. Girls everywhere are encouraged to be healthy, active, and strong, instead of starving themselves to look like Calvin Klein models. You know what they say: “As long as you have a body, then you have a bikini body.”
Meet Isai, JD, Trina, and Pat — self-confessed beach lovers and amateur surfers. Read on to see how their time under the sun helped them gain their confidence, overcome their insecurities, and find their strength.