These Influencers Modeled Matching Aerie Swimsuits to Prove Every Body Is a Bikini Body
Same suit, two very different sizes.
Over the weekend, Zias and Torres, who each have their own body positive Instagram accounts, shared on their sites a short clip of themselves rocking matching black bathing suits from Aerie. (Related: These Body-Positive Women Will Inspire You to Wear a Bikini with Confidence)
"You know what will ruin your beach day? Comparing yourself to others," wrote Zias in her caption. "Ashley is wearing an XS and I'm wearing an XL. I used to be insecure at the beach comparing myself to friends that were smaller than me but I've realized that every body is built differently and that's okay! I hope you remember that confidence is always the best accessory and that size is nothing but a number!! Rock that beach body!!!!" (Related: Influencer Mary Jelkovsky Explains Why Getting Rid of the Word 'Too' Helped Her Find Self-Acceptance)
Torres tells Health that the duo collaborated on the post to reject the idea that only some women with a specific body type can pull off a two-piece.
"We realize our followers might not necessarily be our size and thought it would be great to showcase the styles together, so they can see how they look on different body types," Torres says. "The real goal was to show that bikini bods come in all shapes and sizes. And at the end of the day, confidence is our best accessory." (Related: This Influencer Flaunted Her Cellulite in a Bikini to Shut Down Liposuction Rumors)
Zias adds that she also hopes the video will encourage other women to feel confident in their beach bodies. "I know a lot of curvy women are insecure in bathing suits, especially around friends that are smaller than them—I used to be one of these women," she tells Health. "We wanted to help break those insecurities and show that size does not define beauty." (Related: What Happened When Four Women Tried On Swimsuit Styles They Swore They'd Never Wear)
"As women, we are all shapes and sizes. I create content to inspire women to try new outfits, embark on new adventures, discover their best skin regimen, etc., so they can feel confident and live their best life," adds Torres. "When Kristina came to me with this idea, it was a no-brainer."
This story originally appeared on Health.com by Christina Oehler.