If you listen to my radio show you know I believe that beauty can come in many shapes and sizes. I’m not a “women must all be attractive in the same way” guy, and as a formerly fat person I’m still partially paranoid about my own weight.
The point is, I’m not a fat-basher or a guy who thinks everyone over size 6 should be thrown out of the “pretty” pool. But at the same time, I’m not sure everyone IN the pool should be wearing this:
It’s called a “fatkini” (not my word), and the woman who sells them literally cannot keep them on the virtual shelves:
This summer’s wildly popular swimsuit is made specifically for fuller figures. One in particular is such a hot commodity that it’s selling out even before the official start of swimsuit season. The highly anticipated launch of the collaboration between plus-size blogger Gabi Gregg and retailer Swimsuits For All went off with a bang last week but sputtered as the company failed to keep up with the unexpected demand for Gregg’s galaxy-print bikini, a style dubbed the “fatkini.”
…Gregg posted an email from Swimsuits For All on her Facebook page reassuring consumers that a jewel-print bikini was being restocked after the initial rush but that “the galaxy bikini is completely sold out.”
One more time: I don’t want to be mean to fat people, and everyone should enjoy their time at the beach. But people who are size 24 (the actual size of some “fatkinis”) are aware, if they’re honest, that it’s harder for everyone else on the beach to enjoy themselves if you’re “showin’ off what God and KFC gave ya.”
“Oh, Michael, you’re a jerk. Why shouldn’t these women
waddle walk around on the beach however they want?”
Hey–remember the last time you saw “Beer-Belly Bill” on the beach in his Speedo? Remember how much therapy your kids had to have afterwards? Or how about the immense European mountain o’ hair swinging free by the pool in his “mankini” Borat special?
You were grossed out, right? Okay….so you get my point?
I’m not saying that only people who look like Brad and Angelina should bare it on the beach. I’m simply saying that pretending that the fact that you weigh more than some sea creatures who can eat small children ISN’T relevant to your beachwear is just not being honest. That’s all.
Selling size 24 “fatkinis” isn’t making the world a more beautiful place in any sense of the word.