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Why You Should Share Bikini Photos on Social Media

Inspired by Erin’s beautiful hashtag #allbelliesarebeautifulbecause they truly are.

In the summer of 2015 I shared a yoga picture of myself in a bikini, to my own surprise! I did not expect this to happen, ever. As it turns out, yoga had taught me to love my own body, so slowly that I didn’t even notice it.

Now I look back at this photo and see all the strength I’ve gained, though I´m not as thin anymore.

Before Christmas the same year, after growing my love handles quite a bit as an exchange student in a foreign country, weighing more than I ever had, I shared a bikini picture again! After a way to emotional spring – leading to a super thin me in the summer, because apparently I stopped eating – I was able to start loving myself again and healing with a bit of delicious pizza and ice cream (Think Eat, Pray, Love in Italy – though I was in Sweden!). And yes, I was chubbier than ever, but what it represented was something beautiful – and learning to love myself in that shape meant that I would love myself no matter what.

This picture is taken by the Atlantic Ocean in Norway, 3°C outside – running between the sauna and the ocean.

In the autumn of 2016 I shared bikini pictures on social media again. And no, it’s not something intentional, and truthfully, doesn’t happen so often that I wear a bikini here in Iceland. Those pictures showed me stronger and happier then ever. And yes, most of those bikini photos are also upside down.

Handstanding in a bikini seems to be my favourite thing!

In November 2016 I went to Thailand, where I pretty much wore a bikini for two months, so my bikini pictures are quite a few. And I shared them, of course.

This picture shows everything I believe I am not: Self-confident, beautiful and sexy. I share it to prove myself wrong – to show self-doubt that it doesn’t rule the world.

So my rule here is simple:

Does it make me slightly uncomfortable to share pictures of me almost naked? Yes it does! Then do it!

Does it make me proud after taking the leap? Yes it does! Then do it again and again for as long as you live!

And yes, to be clear, I cannot know how you see my pictures. I do, of course, see all the flaws, but I’m just past listening to that criticism. And the same works your way – you will quite possibly see all your flaws, all your insecurities in your photos, but all I will see is pure beauty.

And this goes further than bikinis. I´m starting to love all the pictures of me that I didn’t like before. And sharing them with everyone helps me accept me the way I am.

Because I am beautiful. And you are too!

So share those bikini pictures baby, because we are all beautiful!

(And I´m sorry guys, you are of course beautiful as well and all the same goes for you – wearing a bikini or not! 😛 )

Have you shared more on social media than you thought you would? How did it feel? Share with us below!

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  1. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    February 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Yay! I don’t tend to share bikini pictures, partly because I’m so rarely in one (aside from those two years I lived on the beach….I’m not much of a water person). And I’m not going to go out in my backyard wearing one just to get a yoga photo. That’s not me. But my hat’s off to everyone who does! Bodies are beautiful, and the way they move is beautiful, and we’re all so lucky to have one. 🙂

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      February 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Yeah, exactly, totally! All these pictures where taken where I was in a bikini for a completely different reason – swimming or going to the hot tub or sunbathing 😀 I will never be the person that puts on a bikini for the picture either! 🙂

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    February 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Awww lovely! Photos of a real woman having real moments, unfiltered and unedited. Looks absolutely beautiful to me! Bikinis are still a struggle for me (especially since I grew up in a conservative fundamental mormon community) but ohhh they are fun to wear. The freedom! Hopefully I will feel confident enough to wear more of them this summer and take advantage of being a Floridian. 😛

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      February 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you! And please do – it opens up some part of you, finding the courage to share bikini photos! It´s like saying “Hey world, this is me and I´m amazing!” 😀

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    Zola Johnson

    February 19, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Thank you for sharing this. We are all exposed to insecurities and criticism, but I believe that it all comes down to your personal values and how comfortable you feel in your own skin. I am a health professional and I constantly deal with women who struggle with their body image, while others flaunt their natural beauty in bikinis. Just as you, I feel the need to empower other women in self-love and acceptance. I also love posting pictures at the beach.

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