Okay, so I have a bone to choose from. A new season of Love Island Australia is on the way, with apps still open and broadcast via Tinder profiles … but I can’t help but notice that the main character on Love Island around the world is the sleeveless underwired top. cropped. bikini.
I know, it’s a mouthful. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the image below.
IDK about you, but I’ve been seeing these bikinis everywhere, not just on Love Island and other reality TV shows, but on Instagram as well.
Now look, I know fashions and trends are often pointless, and generally pointless to question them … but with these bikinis, I can’t stop myself. I have many questions. First of all, how do someone’s boobies fit into them?
Coming from a long line of curvy Italian moms, I was never going to be part of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, which I acknowledge limits my bikini options. But even the smallest girls, with the perkiest boobs, still seem to be one step away from dancing from popping out of these bather tops. I’m nervous about her nipples.
When I was in high school, and my melons were still in their growing stage, some healthy side teats were always in order. But even in its smallest form, I couldn’t imagine wearing something with a full bottom exposed, not only for fear of falling off, but also because surely that flimsy hoop piece couldn’t hold anything.
I don’t know, maybe I’m a bit more prudish than I thought. I think wearing whatever makes you feel in your best Hot Girl Summer vibe is absolutely the right choice, and if it’s these underwire wrap wrap bikini tops, so be it.
But I can’t help but think that they are not a very inclusive design, and that annoys me. The trends in bikinis and crop tops always seem to be designed only for specific body types, which fall into that unrealistic ideal category. I can honestly say that I never looked at someone in this bikini style and thought “damn, I bet I’d look good in that.”
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that how we all want to feel? Being a plus size model, I am a huge advocate for body positivity, diversity, and inclusion, which really makes me want to see designs that fit all bodies to be the hot trend of the moment.
There’s a reason we only see one body type in these bikini tops, and it’s because it only works on one body type. When you look at a photo of a sexy babe in a bikini top and you know that on you, it would look completely ridiculous, it makes you feel like your body is not ideal. You may really want to use it, know that you can’t and wish your body was different, which is exactly the cycle of negative body image that we should be trying to get away from.
Personally, I think we’re a bit far from not romanticizing certain body types and that’s okay, I don’t expect it to happen overnight.
I really wanted to point out that these bikini tops seem to be everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they define what a beautiful body looks like.
I want to buy one and take a picture and show everyone the Celeste Barber-style comparison. But actually I think she would probably be showing more boobs than would be considered appropriate on Instagram. That honestly says it all.