Shopping for clothes should be fun but there’s something about going into stores with the task of buying a new swimsuit that can be the opposite of that. From their mirrors, which seem like they came straight out of a funhouse, to that damn lighting (harshest bulbs ever), and there’s no coming out of it feeling good. But don’t get down on yourself — because it shouldn’t matter, at least according to these two moms.
Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators behind the web series #IMomSoHard, released a video in which they tackle the pressures of not only putting on a swimsuit but feeling comfortable in it.
They start off wearing what guys typically wear to the beach, and their outfits look like something they can take the garbage out in. Ooh, that should be the requirement: if you can take out the trash in it, then you’re good to go. Because for women, it’s a whole other story. Cutouts? Strings? Barely thereness? No, thanks.
The moms modelled “unreasonable” bathing suits and it’s the most hilarious fashion show ever, because there’s no way they could chase around their kids at the beach, access the cooler, bend over, and play a game of volleyball in any of the designs they tried on.
All jokes aside, Hensley and Smedley wanted to send the message to both woman and girls that these double standards are annoying and wanted to remind us all to try and forget about the pressures of putting on a swimsuit and just have fun.
“Nobody thinks that they look perfect ever,” Smedley said. “Let’s just all go to the beach.” She added that that’s the message she wants to convey to her daughter.
“I want my daughter to love her life and to love herself and she’s not going to do it because I tell her to do it,” she said. “She’s going to do it because I teach her to do it.”
The best part is at the end, when she says what all of us women are thinking about when swimsuit season hits every year. “I really want a revenge body, but I’ll take a f*cking attitude.”
Yes, please. So forget the one-pieces with more cutouts than a bikini, strings instead of straps, thongs instead of real coverage (unless that’s your jam, of course). If you’re comfortable rocking a skirted tankini with knee-length coverup and a hat wide enough to cover your entire family, have at it.