A June 2 Facebook post for Love What Matters shows LesleyMiller smiling while posing in a black, purple, and aqua two-piece swimsuit.What makes the post remarkable is the 21-year-old womans moving explanation ofwhy the image, her first bikiniphoto ever, is so important. After a lifetime of struggling with body image, Miller decided to don her first bikini, and to show her body as it is, without shame. It’s a powerful example of body acceptance and self-love.
I’ve spent the past 18 years of my life waiting, shebegins. wholesale bikinis I kept my body covered up and hidden away. I told myself that one dayI would finally let myself be seen; I would finally do all of the things Idreamed of when I was enough. Thin enough, happy enough, confident enough. Whenmy body looked the way that it was supposed to.
Miller recalls feeling self-conscious of her body at asyoung as three years old, when classmates questioned why she didnt fit into thesmocks they wore. She writes that, at 7 years old, she lied to getinto Weight Watchers, and at nine, she attended a camp for weight loss. Sheremembers in line the first week to take my before photo.
When I was eleven the surgeon cut into my stomach, shewrites. He told me how happy I would finally be. I was the youngest person tohave weight loss surgery. A few years later, she began harming herself. I thoughtI deserved it, she says.
After so many years of feeling continually ashamed andsilent, Miller finally got tired of waiting, and at 21, she bought her veryfirst bikini. She writes,
You can see it all. Weird bulges and rolls of fat. Hangingexcess skin. Stretch marks, cellulite, surgical and self harm scars. Awkwardprotrusion on my abdomen from my lap band.
I want to learn to love all of myself, not just the partsI’ve been told are acceptable. Because the secret is, I was always enough. And you are too.
Readers are cheering for Millers story, and her refusal tofeel ashamed any longer. More than 2,800 commenters have written messages ofsupport and thanks. One readercommented, Love yourself, happiness follows. You are more than enough. Ifyou believe, you are extraordinary! Anotherwrote, What a wonderful testimony to finding self worth, to love yourselfnow, because you are so much more than weight or any idealization. You are yoursmile, your friendship, and all the thousand facets that make you unique! Takea minute to read Millers full post above