Los Angeles-based blogger Sarah Sapora has always been curvy and because of that she dealt with body image issues. For the first time in 25 years, she put on a bikini to remind the world of a valuable lesson.
She explained that she had always loved her body, but her insecurities led her to feel like she couldn’t freely display her body and wear what she wanted.
“I’ve ALWAYS loved myself,” wrote Sarah. “But, how I’ve defined that love has changed dramatically of recent. I have always passionately believed in the right we all have to feel easy in our skin. At any size, at any weight, at any stage of life.”
Sapora swallowed her fears and stepped out of her comfort zone in a big way: a beach photoshoot in a bikini. The results of which were published for thousands to see.
“But feeling “acceptance” in our skin isn’t the same thing as feeling free in our body. And, as I know now, it isn’t the same as feeling bold. Empowered. Ready. Excited. Energized. Lively.”
Want to know something? Sit down for this, because this overweight, 38-year old woman is about to drop a truth bomb on you. Ready? That hiding? That anxiety you feel about who you are and what you look like? That fear you have that people are looking and going to laugh at you for dreaming big, being bold, or coloring outside the lines? It’s bananas. When you “play small” in your life, nobody wins. Least of all you. Have you ever heard that expression? In the world of personal growth (a place I am dipping my toes in as a plus size wellness blogger) it's a Marianne Williamson expression that explains how many of us shrug off our true desire, our true nature, to maintain security, control, and comfort. How we ignore what we really want so as not to rock our own boat, or the boats in the water near us. Rock the damn boat. Break your mold. Stop shrugging your True North off. Step in. Big and bold. Its time!! Another pic with my @lanebryant bikini. #BeGreater #Sponsored
Her enlightening beach photoshoot was all part of a sponsored partnership with Lane Bryant, a popular plus size women’s clothing retailer. Sapora explains she hopes her courageous photo shot will remind women that they don’t have to fit the body image mold.
Wearing this @lanebryant bikini took me far out of my comfort zone. But that’s the thing about feeling free. Once you REALLY start to live that — once you feel it — your comfort can’t be contained into any single zone. It’s in the air. It’s in the way you breathe. There is less fear and more room to dance in the truth of who, and what, we are. I feel this all the time. Freedom becomes your baseline. And you stop worrying about stuff like your "visible belly line" or stretch marks or stuff that jiggles because your sense of self is born in your beating heart. And your breath. And as long as you have both of those you can always come back to the single most important tool for happiness you have in your life. Love. It's all about love. Link to full post in the bio. #BeGreater #Sponsored
“Ready? That hiding? That anxiety you feel about who you are and what you look like? That fear you have that people are looking and going to laugh at you for dreaming big, being bold, or coloring outside the lines? It’s bananas.”