This Dramatic Bikini 'Before-and-After' Photo Will Motivate You in a Different Way

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In the months leading up to summer, we're fed a steady diet of diet culture itself. Advertisements telling us to "get in shape" and "get bikini body ready" are proverbially shoved down our throats -- and one of the most stressful ways comes in the form of Instagram "transformation" photos that display somewhat triggering befores and afters.


Luckily, there are folks like Megan Crabbe (better known as the BodyPosiPanda), who are turning the "befores-and-afters" on its head. 

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Crabbe, an eating disorder survivor and diet industry dropout, posted this photo to her Instagram. 

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Unlike your average transformation pics, she showed her body when she was thinner before versus her current, bigger body now to drive home the point that being smaller isn't necessarily the healthier option.

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"BREAKING NEWS: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE WORTHY OF WEARING A BIKINI THIS SUMMER," she exclaimed in all caps via her post. "Trust me, I used to believe those messages too. I used to spend every single summer starving and sweating to get the body on the left, telling myself that I was only allowed to be seen in swimwear once I'd hit that goal weight (and even once I did, it still wasn't enough)."

She also noted that if she had seen images like this and heard messages like hers, she may not have suffered for years in self-loathing.

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"...You do not have to lose weight to be worthy of wearing a bikini... And I didn't sit by the pool sucking my stomach in and worrying what everyone else thought about my body either. I just went."

And Crabbe hopes her message really sinks in with women struggling with self-image this summer. 

"Because the only thing I really needed to lose through all those years wasn't weight. It was the bullshit idea that a bikini body is something that you have to earn, when in reality I had one all along. We all have bikini bodies already, and we all deserve a summer in the sunshine."


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