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Trendy And Affordable Swimsuits For The Curvaceous Ladies

Swimsuit season is right around the corner.

Whether you are summer ready or not, the beach is calling your name and you must answer. Finding the perfect swimsuit when you're a curvy woman can be hard for several reasons. Either your bust is too big, your rump is too big or the swimsuits aren't trendy enough. Thankfully more and more retailers are catering to the curvaceous women who want to rock a swimsuit on the beach just like the next woman. Who ares if you have stretch marks or a little muffin top poking, you better claim it and all of it.
My motto is, if you got it flaunt it and if they want to stare, let them. The summertime is all about embracing your body and showing it off in a respectable manner. Don't let your size dictate what you wear. Forever 21 has definitely stepped their game up over the years ever since they first launched their plus size collection and since recently putting out their swimwear for the upcoming season, the selection is actually pretty amazing. If you're a curvy lady and you want to look fabulous, keep scrolling and check out a few hot picks from F21 below.

Plus Size Cutout Bikini

Metallic is definitely in and the zipper and cut out accents make this bikini super sexy without going overboard.
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Plus Size Superb One-Piece

Gold and black go hand in hand and the big bold letters speak for themselves.
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Plus Size Caged One-Piece

From the color to the extremely sexy caged in detailing on the bodice of this swimsuit, all eyes will definitely be on you once you hit the beach.
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Plus Size Mesh-Panel Swimsuit

There's something about mesh paneling that screams hot and not in a temperature context either. Plus, who doesn't love all black everything?
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Whether curvy or not, which swimsuit catches your eye?

Are you a one piece or bikini kind of woman?
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I actually really like the retro-looking swimsuits that Modcloth tends to have. I'm really thigh self-conscious and the way their bottoms are cut is really flattering.
@danidee I had never heard of Modcloth until you mentioned it. They're a bit on the pricey side, but I'm bookmarking the site for when I can spare that much for a bathing suit. I love the vintage style boyshort-like bottoms!
yes, go for it!!! and the cover up is definitely worth buying @TurtleyTurtles
@jordanhamilton I'm still getting the cover up, just because it's cute! But I'm thinking I'll rock the 2 piece under it! The ones I'm looking at, which I put into your other card, are see-through, so it's not really covering it all up.
yes, forever 21 has stepped their game up quite a bit and you better rock your body with confidence!!! :) you don't need a cover up at all. get that two piece and wear it like the whole world is watching you! glad you enjoyed the card, no problem @TurtleyTurtles
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The Most Fun One-Piece Swimsuits (under $60)
If you aren't tryna wear a bikini all summer long, then you're in luck, because one-piece swimsuits are seriously in style. Anywhere that stocks swimsuits is turning their attention to one-pieces right now, so there are so many fun and fresh styles you should definitely be rocking this summer. July might be over halfway over, but the temperatures are going up, up, up, and your swimsuit days are far from over this season. All styles are under $60, to save you some extra dollars better spent on soft-serve. Cutouts Strategically-placed cutouts lends some sex appeal to an otherwise covered up silhouette, and can range from a sultry slip of skin to a serious cut that reveals your sides and back. This super-70's suit from ASOS. This rainbow suit from Forever 21. This sexy monokini from Tobi. Crazy Prints Look anything but maternal in a classic cut with a crazy and bright print! This Motel Goddess suit with a retro palette from Nastygal. This Batoko suit from the Nylon shop. This UNIF zip-up swimsuit from Nastygal. Mesh If you're looking to go sexier, mesh is a detail that can take a classic cut up a notch, or an already sexy cut to bombshell territory. This plunging swimsuit with mesh inserts from Topshop. This New Look mesh swimsuit from ASOS. This Mossimo swimsuit with mesh inserts from Target. Retro Strapless Strapless swimsuits are sultry but not too scandalous, and can have a retro feel with bandeau cups or an old-school cut. This cupped bandeau swimsuit from ASOS. This bandeau suit with cutouts from Topshop. This Wolf and Whistle bardot swimsuit from ASOS.
[Ladies' Week] Dara Torres - "Age is Just a Number"
So, @shannonl5 planned this awesome event, "Ladies' Week" (check out ~Announcing: Ladies' Week Event!~ just in case you haven't heard about it!). And in celebration of this awesome event, I wanted to start out with a female athlete that has inspired me: Dara Torres! Just in case you guys have never heard about Dara Torres, she is a former competitive swimmer who is also a twelve-time Olympic medalist and a former world record-holder in three events (50-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and 4x100-meter medley relay). But her medals and world records don't capture her whole story. There's more. Torres has competed in five different olympics: 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 2000 Sydney, and 2008 Beijing. That's right. Five different Olympics over the span of twenty-four years. She was 17 when she competed in her first ever Olympics and she took home a gold medal. She was 41 when she competed in her last one and took a silver medal home. Her life was definitely something you would not call perfect. She was already the oldest member on the U.S. swim team at the age of 33 during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She could not get pregnant at the age of 35. She was divorced twice by the age of 37. She had her first daughter at the age of 39. Her father also passed away that same year. But as Torres put it perfectly, "But when I was 41 and I woke up in a dorm in the Olympic Village in Beijing, I didn’t feel old. I felt merely—and, yes, happily—middle-aged. ‘The water doesn’t know how old you are.’" For her, age was just merely a number and her dedication and passion for swimming gave her the courage to try out for the 2008 Summer Olympics despite the personal barriers she faced. Torres wasn't quite finished though. After the 2008 Olympics, she underwent a knee surgery, but jumped back in the pool as soon as she was ready to swim once again. And she competed in the U.S. swimming trials to earn a spot on the 2012 London Olympics team for the 50-meter freestyle. She however was denied a spot. Jessica Hardy won first place with 24.50 seconds and Kara Lynn Joyce took the remaining spot. Dara was nine-hundredths of a second behind her sixth Olympics. She was 45 at the time. Even though she did not make it for the 2012 Olympics, she had no regrets, because she gave everything she had. She simply hugged her daughter, Tessa, and congratulated her fellow swimmers. [Video: 2008 Beijing Olympics Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay Final/Torres's Last Olympic Medal] She has been such an inspiration for me and people all around the world. We sometimes put a limit on ourselves without even giving our best shot. Torres however never, ever made any excuses and simply focused on achieving her goals. I would like to end this card with my favorite Torres quote: "You don't have to put an age limit on your dreams."
Photojournalism - The 2015 Nautica Malibu Triathlon
ABOVE - The Pre-Event is an event in its own right; thousands of athletes filing in from all over the region to get signed up and ready for the triathlon. I arrived at 4:30am to a unbelievable amount of activity. Thousands of athletes being processed - signing in and receiving their numbers for the race then moving with their bicycles into the main staging area. Several professional bicycle mechanics - you know the guys you see fixing bicycles in events like "Le Tour de France" were set up in booths with a steady stream of participants waiting in line for last minute bicycle checkups. In the images above you see Mike Cicchi - a world-class cycling mechanic and all around awesome guy working on celebrity participant Victor Ortez's bike before the race as Victor and a female companion watch. Mike is one of the partners in the Newbury Park Bike Shop where I buy all of my bicycles and equipment and he's simply gifted in all things cycling. The race didn't start until 7am - with there being a mandatory pre-race orientation at 6:30am. From 4:30am until 6:30am I mainly stayed out of the way... "organized chaos" is the best way to describe the steady flow of athletes and bicycles into the staging area; where rack after rack of bicycles sat in neatly spaced rows as far as you could see. SPECIAL NOTE - One thing you may notice as you look through these photos is how many of the participants are making eye contact with my camera. I was shooting with either a 500mm f/4 lens or a 300mm f/2.8 lens - BOTH share the same size main lens element at nearly 8" in diameter... these are BIG hard to miss lenses. Many of the participants of this event were celebrities or professional athletes, all of which are familiar with having large camera lenses stuck in their faces. What surprised me is how many of them with only seconds to spot and identify my camera and lens did just that and then made sure to make eye contact - some even adjusted their stances or made "hard-core exercise" faces. That aspect of this sort of event never ceases to amaze me. ABOVE - SWIMMING - THE FIRST HURDLE OF THE DAY Triathlons are three separate tests of strength and endurance all designed to test an athlete to their core. The day starts with an ocean swim which is nothing like swimming in a pool. There are waves and currents, real obstacles that each participant must overcome. The normally "brisk" Pacific Ocean was a temperate 70 degrees Fahrenheit the day of the race and many of the participants opted to swim in short sleeve wet suits - where most of the year full-length wet suits are required to keep your body temperature warm during a lengthy swim. Most participants started shedding their wet suits before they were out of the water - taking the last 100ft of the walk to the shore to do so - saving precious time when they arrive at the main staging area. SPECIAL NOTE - The Nautica Malibu Triathlon is an odd mixture of distances - it doesn't really conform to the traditional triathlon formats - The Nautica Malibu Triathlon features a half-mile ocean swim, an 18 mile out-and-back bike course, and a 4-mile (approximately 5K) out-and-back run course. The "TRADITIONAL" Triathlon formats are - Sprint Distance - 750-meter (0.47-mile) swim, 20-kilometer (12-mile) bike, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run Intermediate (or Standard) distance; commonly referred to as the "Olympic distance" - 1.5-kilometer (0.93-mile) swim, 40-kilometer (25-mile) bike, 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run Long Course - 1.9-kilometer (1.2-mile) swim, 90-kilometer (56-mile) bike, and a 21.1-kilometer (13.1-mile) run (half marathon) ITU Long Distance - 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) swim, 120-kilometer (75-mile) bike, and a 30-kilometer (19-mile) run Ultra Distance; commonly referred to as 140.6 or the 'Ironman' - 3.8-kilometer (2.4-mile) swim, 180.2-kilometer (112.0-mile) bike, and a 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) run (full marathon) The Nautica Malibu Triathlon is in reality a class somewhere between the Sprint and the Standard formats for both the cycling and running courses are slightly longer than the Sprint format but not as long as the Standard. As the sun rises in the East turning the sky into a warm bath of yellow, orange, and red, the first "WAVE" of swimmers, the "Elite Class" consisting of professional triathletes, runs out into the waves and starts their half mile swim North along the shore. Participants are ranked into "Classes" and each class is released onto the course in a "wave" - this way there isn't the danger and chaos that can occur when thousands of participants hit the water at the same time. Released in smaller, manageable groups, this allows the safety crews (consisting of members of the US Coast Guard) to keep better track of each participant as they swim the often treacherous waters of the mighty Pacific ocean. The Elite Class are the first in and they are the first out, making the swim faster than any other group, many of the Elite Class will have completed the entire course before the final wave of swimmers hits the beach. ABOVE - THE STAGING AREA IS THE HUB OF THE EVENT Participants will enter the water South of the main event venue and swim North past it - to the far North edge of the staging area. They leave the water and run along a narrow corridor into the main staging area where they must find their bicycles and transition from their swimming gear into their cycling gear. They must then make their way to the start of the cycling stage. Other than the beginning of the swimming stage, each stage starts and stops in the main staging area. The cycling and running courses are loops which bring each participant back to the staging area so they can transition from the previous event into the next. ABOVE - THE CYCLING STAGE IS THE LONGEST STAGE For me, personally, the cycling stage is most exciting. I've been an avid cyclist since my teens and I am extremely active in cycling (I cycle daily). The technology and gear involved is always fun for me to observe - but I'm also impressed by anyone who can get on a bicycle and ride 18 miles full-out and still have enough gas in their tank to run a 4 mile race. Professional "Elite" athletes like Kaitlin Lanin (above) make the entire exercise look easy. Years of training and conditioning have honed the bodies of the Elite Class of participants into Triathlon wrecking machines. Most of the photos I shot were of the Elite and Celebrity Classes. What you'll see in the photos above are a wide range of athletes, all Elite, as they performed in the cycling stage. ABOVE - THE RUNNING STAGE OF THE NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHON IS A 4 MILE RUN A slightly longer distance than a 5K run at 3.1 miles - the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presses its participants a little harder making them complete a 4 mile course. There are several classifications for individuals in this event - age groups and even the type of bicycles ridden (there was a class for mountain bike riders - which really - I have no idea who'd want to do 18 miles on hilly streets on a full-suspension mountain bike - it's abusive to think about - but there were several). The top "Elite Class" finishers were - Jason Pedersen finished the entire course in 1:13:12.59 - one hour thirteen minutes and twelve seconds. The cyclist above in the cycling photos wearing the uniform with "Pedersen USA" on his jersey was the overall winner, the fastest swimmer, cyclist and runner. Kaitlin Lavin finished the entire course in 1:46:35.71 - one hour forty six minutes and thirty five seconds and was the top female performer of the day. Her time bested the majority of the males who participated. ABOVE - THE CULMINATION OF THE EVENT IS THE AWARDS PRESENTATION ON THE WINNER'S PODIUM The main purpose of this event is to raise money for and awareness of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and all of the programs and work this organization does to help critically and terminally ill children. Many of the celebrity participants mingle in the crowds during the awards presentation. Above - I caught an over-the-shoulder extreme close-up (I was shooting with a 300mm lens - which is like a telescope) of actor Danny Pudi (Community, Capt. America The Winter Soldier) as he stood in the crowd watching the awards presentation. This year a total of $1,317,802.00 US was presented to the hospital administration before the medals were presented to the event winners and top performers. © Copyright 2015, Jon Patrick Hyde, All Rights Reserved.
Happiness Is Not One Size Fits All; Fat Shamming is Real
We live in a world where no women can live her life without being shamed because she is fat, skinny, tall, short, flat chested or rocking triple E's. So you would think that women would unite together, say screw the impossible standards that our bodies are scrutinized under and support each other, right? Too bad the support ends once people (who aren't ever health care professionals) deem a human being too "unhealthy" and "obese" for common human decency. And that my friends is what we call fat shaming. Fat Shaming [noun] : the unkind and usually public criticism of someone for being overweight. Recently comedian Nicole Arbour posted a video entitled "Dear Fat People" in which she claims fat shaming doesn't exist, compares fat people to Frankenstein, says she can outrun fat people by just walking, and even makes some racial slurs about curvy black women in their sunday best. I'm sorry but WHAT?! This hateful, public video criticizing and making fun of fat people is the very definition of fat shaming and if you don't believe me see above definition. Unfortunately this video has racked up more than 18 million views and 177,000 likes on Facebook alone. Luckily body positive super star and TLC's very own Whitney Thore from My Big Fat Beautiful Life has come to the rescue of insecure women everywhere who don't find anything funny in this fat shaming, cyber bulling video attempting to be passed off as comedy. Check out her perfect response video here and watch her flawlessly shred every single cruel statement Arbour made. Thore's response has more than 10.2 million views and nearly 180,000 likes on Facebook and counting! I will share this video till forever. But seriously, here are 3 very important things to come out of this video! 1. Thore makes comments on the fact that while heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression are all prevalent in over weight people, they are just as common in skinny people! You can not tell someone's health just by looking at them! 2. She admits that she once suffered from an eating disorder. What confuses me is that Arbour would never criticize someone with an eating disorder however the shaming begins once healthy isn't the correct size for her. 3. And this is the most important...Arbour seems to be delusional if she thinks that calling out fat people to "motivate them", will kick start them into losing weight. To bad Thore has don't the research. Studies show fat shaming and "funny videos motivating fat people" (eye roll), do the opposite of motivate. In fact videos like these will lead so many women and men alike to feel even more insecure, afraid to go to the gym for fear of judgement, and push them further into unhealthy physical and mental lifestyles. So think about that before finding body shaming of any kind funny, because you might have one person laughing at the joke but you will force way more people then that further into recluse. Thankfully we have body positive superstars like Whitney Thore there to remind everyone that she loves them and they are perfect and beautiful and that happiness isn't reserved for a certain size waist. All I can say is a very eloquent Fuck Off to Nicole Arbour. You are not a comedian, and that video you posted is cyber bullying and will do more harm then your comedy will ever do good. Oh, and she isn't sorry at all about what she said. She makes that quite clear.
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Editor Comment 차분하지만 또렷한 힘을 가진. 오래전부터 한국인은 그랬다. 은근한 끈기로 세계 무대에서도 차근차근 족적을 남겨왔다. 패션 분야도 예외는 아닐 테다. 1980년대에 일본의 재패니즈 아방가르드가 파리에서 각광받았다면, 2010년대에는 파리뿐 아니라 런던부터 뉴욕, 밀라노까지 전 세계 패션 도시에 한국인 디자이너들이 그들만의 찬란한 자국을 남기기 시작했다. 민족주의가 배제되고 국가라는 카테고리가 허물어지면서 하나의 가치가 통용되는 지금, 한국인 디자이너들은 단순히 ‘K’를 외치는 게 아니다. 세계가 원하는 그 무엇을 내놓았다. 이 너른 세상에 고민과 창조의 흔적이 선연히 베인 자신들의 디자인을 말이다. 현재 패션계에서 입을 모아 이야기하는 혁신과 지속 가능성 그리고 브랜드 서사의 확장과 같은 비전을 공유하는 6명의 한국인 디자이너와 그들이 전개하는 5개 브랜드를 소개해봤다. 지금, 바다 건너에서 빛을 받아 더없이 찬연한 이들을 주목해보자. 굼허(GOOMHEO) 허금연 굼허(GOOMHEO). 유래가 짐작되지 않는 이 단어는 런던에서 활동하는 한국인 디자이너 허금연의 이름을 딴 남성복 브랜드 이름이다. 그녀는 센트럴 세인트 마틴 학사와 석사 프레스 쇼에서 모두 ‘L'Oréal Professionel Young Talent Award’를 받으며, 유례없는 두 번의 우승을 거머쥐었다. 2018년으로 거슬러 올라가 그녀는 문화, 예술적으로 새로운 흐름을 만들어내는 후보들이 이름을 올리는 <데이즈드 100>에 선정되기도. 지금 유럽이, 그리고 전 세계가 주목하고 있는 디자이너 허금연. 최근 런던패션위크에서 패션 이스트(Fashion East)를 통해 선보인 20 가을, 겨울 컬렉션에 등장한 사이클링 쇼츠와 레깅스, 울트라 크롭 실루엣 등 컬렉션 피스에서도 여실히 느껴지는 그녀의 철학은 맨즈웨어의 파격, 소신 있는 사람들을 위한 옷을 디자인하는 것이다. 결과적으로 남성복 쇼를 통해 선보이지만, 특정 성을 위한 옷으로 규정하지 않는다는 것. 이는 추후 그녀의 행보가 기대되는 이유다. 록(ROKH) 황록 2016년 자신의 브랜드 록(ROKH)를 론칭한 디자이너 황록. 그 역시 런던 센트럴 세인트 마틴 출신으로 끌로에(Chloe), 루이비통(Louis Vuitton), 피비 파일로(Phoebe Philo)가 역임한 시절의 셀린느(Celine)에서 쌓은 경험으로 그만의 유려한 디자인을 선보인다. 2018년에 한국인 최초로 LVMH 프라이즈(LVMH Prize) 파이널 리스트에 선정돼 특별상을 수상하기도 했으며, 파리패션위크 19 가을, 겨울 컬렉션 오프닝 무대를 장식하기도. ‘Artisan Imperfection’. 완벽하지 않은 장인. 그는 스스로를 그렇게 정의했다.테일러링을 베이스로 해체주의적 요소를 가미한 여성복을 추구하는 록의 피스를 보면고개가 끄덕여지는 대목이다. 한 인터뷰를 통해그가밝힌 '아이덴티티와 유스코드는 항상 중요한 그 무엇이었으며, 나는 거기에서 형태와 스타일을 탐구한다.'라는 언급에는 이머징 세대를 위한 진정한 방식을 표현하고자 하는 힘이 느껴지기도. 커미션(Commission) 진 케이 19 봄, 여름 컬렉션으로 시작한 뉴욕 베이스의 커미션(Commission)은 위 사진 속 인물 왼쪽부터 한국 출신의 진 케이(Jin Kay), 베트남 출신의 휴 릉(Hyu Luong)과 딜란 차오(Dylan Cao) 트리오 디자이너가 함께 전개하는 여성복 브랜드다. 세 남자가 이야기하는 우먼즈웨어는 지금 전 세계가 주목하는 아시아의 새 물결. 이는 서방 패션계가 일찍이 획일화된 이미지로 정립해놓은 우리(동양)의 진면모를 그 누구보다 잘 구축해가고 있기 때문일 테다. 진 케이를 포함해 휴 릉과 딜란 차오는 아시아의 다양성을 포용하며, 그들 어머니의 80-90년대 옷장에서 꺼낸 듯한 그리고 동시에 현대 워킹 우먼을 위하는 디자인을 선보인다. 20 가을, 겨울 컬렉션에 등장한 과장된 플라워 패턴 드레스, 어깨가 강조된 재킷, 펜슬 스커트 등이 그것. 최근 2020 LVMH 프라이즈(LVMH Prize)세미 파이널 리스트에 이름을 올리기도 한 그들의 행보를 더욱 주목해보길. 메종 김해김(KIMHEKIM) 김인태 차세대 꾸띠에르 김인태가 전개하는 메종 김해김(KIMHEKIM)은 파리와 서울을 기반으로 2014년에 론칭된 여성복 브랜드. 메종 김해김의 시그니처는 단연 과장된 사이즈의 리본과 진주 디테일일 터. 김인태는 브랜드 아이덴티티를 뒷받침하는 이러한 상징적인 장치들을 극적으로 연출함으로써 예상치 못한 분위기를 탄생시키고자 한다. 우아하면서도 위트 있는. 수많은 질문을 쏟아내게 만드는 이상한 나라의 메종 김해김. 예측할 수 없는 그답게 20 봄, 여름 컬렉션에서는 ‘마이 유니폼’ 시리즈를 선보이며, 다소 정제된 미학을 드러내기도 했다. 티셔츠나 데님 팬츠처럼 일상 속 무던히 활용할 수 있는 베이직한 디자인은 메종 김해김의 또 다른 아이덴티티. 인간도 꽃처럼 아름답길 바라며 옷을 대한 다는 그의 2020년은 꽃봉오리가 만개하는 봄날과 같을지도 모르겠다. 이세(IISE) 김인태 & 김인규 뉴욕 인근 뉴저지주에서 나고 자라 각각 뉴욕 주립대에서 영문학을, 펜실베이니아 주립대에서 금융학을 전공한 김인태와 김인규 형제는 2015년 브랜드 이세(IISE)를 론칭한다. 그들을 디자이너로 이끈 건 다름 아닌 여행이었다. 2012년 처음 한국을 찾은 그들은 감물과 숯, 인디고 가루로 색을 내는 천연 염색을 보고 매료돼 이 같은 한국의 헤리티지를 컨템포러리한 감각으로 재해석한 브랜드를 세상에 선보인 것이다. 한국계 미국인의 시각으로 바라본 한국은 분명 달랐을 테다. 우리의 세대 즉 ‘2세’대라는 의미가 함축된 이세는한국 1세대의 영감을 받아광목 등 우리나라의 원단과 기술을 포함해 모든 작업을 장인 정신에 입각해 만들어낸다. 뉴욕패션위크 19 봄, 여름 컬렉션에서는 광화문 촛불 시위에서 봤던 경찰의 의복에 영감받은 테크웨어 스타일을 선보이며, 한국의 과거, 현재 그리고 미래를 녹여내기도. 이처럼 이세의 디자인은 ‘미래에도 유일하게 명확한 것은 과거’라는 김인태와 김인규의 신념을 뒷받침하기에 충분하다. 더 자세한 내용은 <아이즈매거진> 링크에서
Michael Phelps - "Staying Off Booze Helps!"
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is making his fifth Olympic appearance this year in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Even though he may be the greatest swimmer of all-time, it's not easy swimming competitively when you're thirty years old. But once again, it's Michael Phelps we are talking about. The man knows no limits. Despite his illustrious career in swimming, Phelps got in trouble several times due to drugs and alcohol. And after he received his second DUI and went through a 45-day rehab period in 2015, he vowed that he would not take a sip of alcohol until the 2016 Olympics were over. And he has kept his promise and is looking better than ever as he gets ready for Rio. During an interview last weekend, Phelps said, "Not having a drink for over a year-and-a-half, it's incredible. It's not only my body -- on a lot of different levels. It's been amazing. I can really tell the difference with my body, sort of not carrying that weight on my back." And this is why I have huge expectations for one of my favorite athletes of all time. Michael might not be the same Michael he was eight years ago when he won those nine gold medals. But just by standing up to his mistakes and taking a shot at the thing he does best...the thing he loves the most, I respect the hell out of him. This must have been a tough decision for Michael to give up alcohol. I believe however that this was probably the best choice he could have ever made in his lifetime and it will not only inspire and change his life, but also the lives of others all around the world. It certainly has changed and inspired my own life. Thank you Michael.
Beauty Tips That Should Be Taught...But Aren't.
I am so sick of opening a magazine and being bombarded with all the ways to make myself beautiful. Now, I am not one to wear that much makeup (mostly because I am terrible at it and people that can make ombre lips are artists), but its hard not to feel out of place and less attractive when you aren't in a full face and cute shoes. But lets be real, beauty tips are awesome and weight loss tips are usually a lie, but here are some REAL LIFE BEAUTY TIPS that every person should know before they start dabbling in the make up and fashion world. And for some reason, no magazine is teaching them. 1. No size is the Wrong Size Everyones body is different and yet, everyone is still just as beautiful as the next person! So keep that in mind before you try and squeeze yourself into the size you think is the "beautiful size", because I know we all have that one number in our head. Reaching your goal size will not make everything perfect, because you already are perfect. 2. With or without make up you look great! The make up debate is stupid and needs to stop. If you wear make up because you feel more comfortable or just love putting it on then rock it! If you hate make up you still look amazing. There is no reason make up should be that big of an issue and there is no reason someone should feel uncomfortable even going to the bathroom without it on. Have confidence in your face and everyone around you will notice how awesome you look. 3. Dress to your comfort! And I don't just mean sweats, although I'm wearing some now and love every second of my life. When you go out dress in an outfit that will ensure you having the most fun! If you like short skirts, go for it. If you hate heels, don't wear them! There is absolutely no reason why you should feel uncomfortable all night because for some reason society teaches that you have to impress drunk strangers. 4. Loose, black clothing doesn't have to be the only thing you wear to "slim you down." One of the most amazing parts of the body positivity movement includes plus sizes women posting pictures of themselves looking AMAZING in patterns, bright colors, and crop tops and the results are AMAZING! Black should be tossed to the side in favor of some eye catching outfits because you are beautiful and deserve to be in the spot light. FYI Thats Tess Holliday and she is perfection. 5. Confidence is all that matters! If you are confident in how you look, no matter what, you will radiate energy! Your confidence is what will attract people to you and thats what gets you friends and loved ones, not your looks. So keep that in mind because your mom is right, what's on the inside is what matters the most.
Should Mermaid Tails Be Banned From Swimming Pools?
Every little girl dreams of how it'd be to live a day as a mermaid. Their wavy ocean hair and sparkling fins are equal parts luxurious and ethereal. They can breathe underwater, they make friends with fish, and - let's be honest - they're way cooler than just being some storybook princess. With this in mind, it makes sense why FinFun is so popular. FinFun is a UK-based company that specializes in creating swimmable mermaid tails suitable for the 'landlubber' with dreams of grandeur. For about $40 - 60 USD, you can buy a child- or adult-sized a shimmery 'monofin' made out of a lightweight polyester-spandex blend. Since 2010, the company has been selling a steady stock of these tails. However, it wasn't long before some parents and local governments were pushing back. Above, you can see a PSA created by an outraged parents' group with an alarming video of a time one girl almost drowned in her family pool by wearing the monofin design. In addition, several major cities in Canada banned the tails from their local pools, citing that the tails are most popular with small children, commonly "weak swimmers" who cannot swim well with their legs bound together in such a fashion. The City of Edmonton's Rob Campbell, supervisor of aquatic strategies, added that swimming with a monofin "promotes breath-holding which can result in blackouts.” The official FinFun website responded by creating a 'safety' section of their website, complete with a swimming 'test' you should do with your child prior to purchasing a FinFun mermaid tail for them. The company adds that monofins ARE safe for use, claiming: "Our tails and monofins meet the Child Protection Safety Commission requirements (CPSC) for the United States and Australia and over a period of four years and over 500,000 FinFun mermaid tails sold we have had zero reported incidents involving our tails." Is banning mermaid tails from city pools a move that's too cautious? Or is using one as dangerous as it seems? Would you buy one for your child? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF News, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.
For The Love Of God, STOP Equating Body Size Beauty To Health!
As you know, I am ALLLL about body positivity; which means I stalk body positive articles like its my job (why isn't it my job WHYYYY). But then after reading an article I do the one thing body positive people should NEVER do; I read the comments. And let me tell you, I just get disgusted with the WORLD. Most negative comments always try to bring up that body positive activists are trying to spread their unhealthy lifestyles and their just "too lazy to be normal pretty." Please, do me a favor and shut the fuck up, because you have no idea what you are talking about. New Flash- HEALTH AND BODY SIZE DOES NOT ALWAYS GO HAND IN HAND! Yes, of course, I am not naive, if you do not eat healthy or exercise you more then likely will be bigger but that isn't always the case and you certainly can not tell someones fucking life choices based on a picture of them! Some people are bigger. Beautiful women like Tess Holliday are bigger, yet she works out 4 times a week with a personal trainer. She just is BIGGER. Then there are some people like Nela Zisser who is a standard model (very small) who consumes over 10,000 calories regularly for eating challenges. But does anyone worry about her cholesterol? No, because she isn't fat. But that isn't even the biggest issue. People aren't just relating body size to health, they are basing someones beauty, their self esteem, their confidence, on a faux idea of a total strangers"health". And not only that, but people seem to believe that they have the RIGHT to comment on someones personal health if they are anything bigger then a size 6!! What the fuck. Some people are happy to be bigger, some people love that they have a body big enough to fit their fantastic personality. Some people just don't feel the need to take up less space to make someone else happier. And if that person is happy, you have no fucking right to decide they are not healthy enough to be beautiful, to be happy, to love themselves. Health does not determine beauty, so stop trying to bring the bad bitches down. They don't have time for you.