Thanks to the ways that the media portrays what the perfect body is supposed to look like, our own interpretations have become skewed. This leaves many of us—no matter what size or body type we may be—feeling inadequate. And quite frankly? It’s bullshit.
When it comes to the summer months, or so-called “bikini season,” we can, at times, be at our most vulnerable. However, we think that this is precisely when we should be at our most confident and feeling our very best. As the meme goes, how does one get that perfect “bikini body?” Simply put: “Put a bikini on your body.”
Here at NYLON, we’re all about self-love and confidence and embracing the person we are, inside and out.
We asked five models to talk to us about what they love the most about their bodies—many of them things that would be considered by society as “flaws”—the importance of loving oneself, and their go-to summer self-care rituals. Keep scrolling to read what they had to say.
Photographers: Jin + Dana
Stylist: Heather Newberger
Hair: Niko Weddel using Amika haircare
Makeup: Lindsey Williams
Models: Ushshi at WeSpeakNY, Ottavia and Hannah at Wilhelmina, Rori at Red Model Management, Marley at Muse
Stylist’s assistant: Taylor Freeman
Makeup assistant: Emily Klein