Episode 4: Girls Off the Record define the 'bikini body'

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In episode 4, Girls Off the Record discuss swimwear and how it relates to body image issues. Each girl contemplates the meaning of the "bikini body." Learn more at SavannahOffTheRecord.com. Follow Savannah Off the Record on Instagram @SavannahOffTheRecord or Twitter @SavOffTheRecord. Follow Savannah on Instagram @_SavannahJosephine. Follow Jennie on Twitter @JennieMcKeon. Follow Shelby on Instagram @sldesoto. Follow Lucy on Instagram @fivesecondsoflucy or Twitter @lucyrudyman.

Intro and outro music provided by singer-songwriter Gileah Taylor. Learn more at Gileah.com.

 

Jennie McKeon on choosing modest swimwear …

I’ve always been a more covered up person. My mom would always make fun of me and be like, ‘You’re a dang Mormon.’ No offense to Mormons.

 

Shelby DeSoto on how she feels at the beach …

I think it’s actually more common for people to be on that self-conscious side instead of really, really super confident where they wear barely anything … I’ll go out there and I’m thinking, ‘I don’t have any abs. I don’t have these awesome muscles. I don’t look toned or tan, but I’m wearing it because I wanted to.’

 

Jennie McKeon on her boyfriend’s approach to swimwear…

My boyfriend, Quinton, he’s on the opposite spectrum. He’s always been self-conscious, but because he was ridiculously skinny as a kid … when his family came from Illinois to visit they’d go to the beach and he’d wear a hoodie — even in the dead heat of summer.

 

Shelby DeSoto on what people wear to the beach …

To me, it doesn’t really matter if they want to wear a two-piece, one-piece, speedo or a thong.  Whatever. You’re at the beach. You’re doing your thing. We get that self-conscious thinking about ourselves, but nobody cares what everybody else is wearing. When I see people out there on the beach wearing whatever, I think, ‘If they’re free to think they can wear that, then I should be OK wearing what I’m wearing, or what I’m not wearing.’

 

Savannah on how she feels at the beach …

I feel confident in most swimsuits at this point, but I will say what I don’t feel confident about is not being judged. I have a hard time going to the beach – whether it’s about am I covered up enough, whether my body looks good enough … are my legs shaved?

 

Jennie McKeon on judging others …

Anytime you judge somebody, it just reflects back to you. If you’re looking at someone’s body you’re automatically comparing them to you … whether it’s negative or positive, whatever your thoughts, it’s always a reflection of how you feel about yourself.

 

Jennie McKeon on Ashley Graham …

I love Ashley Graham. I think she’s great, but she’s not the only plus-size model. I think a lot of people put a lot of focus on her because, ‘Suddenly, it’s OK that’s she’s a model, because she’s got a beautiful face and she was in the Joe Jonas video.’ I’m like, ‘OK, let’s spread the love.’

 

Savannah on fashion bloggers …

Fashion bloggers have become models and they’re of all shapes and sizes, because they’re not models. It is nice to see clothes on people that look a little bit more like you or the people you see around for that matter.

 

Savannah on being bikini ready …

That gimmick of it’s bikini season get bikini ready. That’s definitely a tactic used by a lot of media … it makes it sound like you’re not already bikini ready. What’s upsetting about that is that’s already setting the standard that your body isn’t what it should be.

 

Shelby DeSoto concludes the episode …

Every body is a beach body.

 

 Photo by Jennie McKeon

 

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