I’m a size 8.

In the summer.

In the winter, I’m a size 10.

Every winter I go up a size – the body wants extra padding and I get more cravings because of the cold weather. Hibernation doesn’t just happen to bears I keep telling myself. Plus I like to eat comfort foods and indulge in chocolate all cozy on the couch during those long-ass Canadian winters.

I read this fabulous blog post yesterday entitled “Why The Whole Concept Of Bikini Body Is Ridiculous” on Beautiful with Brains.

The author writes that the words “bikini body” implies that only certain body types should be allowed to wear one.

And I left this comment:

I don’t like the term bikini-body or bikini-ready; I want to be able to wear a bikini if I want to. I admit I do care about how I look in it – at the same time, I’m ok with being the size that I am (a size 8-10 which is considered ‘plus’ size in the fashion industry). I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my stomach, even if it’s a bit flabby because of having two kids.

That’s right, a size 8 or 10 is the in-between size in the modeling industry – not quite a plus size and not slim enough for industry standards.

So where do gals like me fit in? Normal gals like me? Although some may call me “chunky” like the Oklahoma cheerleader who was criticized for her figure recently.

I’m posting thing photo of me in my bikini to show that a size 8/10 is NORMAL.

Wear a bikini and be proud.

“To get a bikini body, get a bikini and put your body in it.”

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P.S. Seeing model Jennie Runk in the recent H&M summer ads inspired me also to post this.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. You look amazing! I am admittedly intimidated to wear a bikini. Silly, right? But I’m working on it.

    • I’m sure they’d do it sober without any issue. Everyone wears a bikini in Europe!

    • Thanks Rebecca. Not sure if it’s entirely a good thing to go up and down like that every winter but my body does what it wants to do…

  2. Maria, you are rocking that bikini and looking fabulous in it girl!!!

  3. Thank you for the link. And I agree. Everyone, no matter what her shape and size is, who wants to wear a bikini should do so and be proud of it. You look fab in yours!

  4. Rock that ‘kini, Maria! You look fabulous. I fully believe people should wear whatever makes them feel good.

  5. You look great!! I admit I am considering a two-piece this summer. My belly could use some love from the sun. If people don’t want to look at the soft roundness of it, they can look away.

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