Plus-Size Model Tess Munster Posts Incredibly Hot Bikini Shots (PHOTO)

tess munster"My tummy is an area that I'm still learning to love," Tess Munster writes, revealing two selfies of herself wearing a bikini. Munster is a plus-sized model who shared the photos on her Facebook page and Instagram over the weekend. This is a beautiful woman with the confidence to be photographed regularly in swimwear. But in her post, Munster confessed that she's always been afraid of wearing bikinis that aren't high-waisted -- until now.

Because she appreciates everything her belly has done, including carrying her son, and because her fiancé loves it and touches it, Munster says, "I recently decided to be kinder to it." When was the last time you thought of your body, or a part of your body, that way? Being kinder to it? Well, it's easier said than done, even for Munster. Here's what she says is the key to self-acceptance.


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"With every other area of my body," Munster goes on to say, "learning to love it has been faking it until I actually accepted."

How many of us, regardless of our size and shape, have stood in front of a mirror hating parts of ourselves? Turning that around and deciding to love those parts of ourselves instead is a radical act. It takes self-compassion and a leap of imagination. For Munster, it meant putting on a belly-revealing bikini, going swimming with her son, and not caring what anyone thought. To her surprise, no one did care, Munster says, and "it was glorious."

I have to agree. I love the hand she places protectively over her belly in that first photo. It's a loving gesture, like she's giving it her blessing. And then, in the next photo, she reveals it in its full glory. It reminds me of how women's bodies used to be portrayed in art, the adoration of voluptuous flesh, the abundant belly and rounded hips. These were once considered beautiful.

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Through the ages we've decided different types of bodies are more beautiful than others. But now we have the opportunity to love all kinds of different bodies. We just have to fake it 'til we make it. What if every woman looked at herself in the mirror and practiced self-compassion? What if we decided to love even the parts of ourselves that don't conform to standards of beauty? We could change the world.

What's a part of your body you'd like to stop hating and start loving instead? How would you "fake it" on your way to self acceptance?

Images via Tess Munster/Instagram; Tess Munster/Facebook

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