Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf gets real about 'beach bodies'July 9, 2019
The idea of what comprises a beach body has long been dictated to us. According to advertisers, you’re supposed to be thin yet curvy, completely hair-free, and with no stretch marks or scars.
Thankfully when you get to the beach, you tend to realise that this airbrushed view simply doesn’t exist, but it doesn’t stop the anxiety that comes with popping on your bikini and getting ready to step out.
Model and activist Munroe Bergdorf had hit back at the tired beach body trope, with a new campaign designed to get us loving ourselves whatever skin we’re in.
Writing on Instagram, Munroe said: ‘I know I’m not alone in saying that I’m someone who has had a complicated relationship with their body, especially during the summer. Advertising selling us the dream of the perfect beach body is damaging, especially when we as women come in an endless array of shapes, sizes, and abilities.’
‘Personally, the beach has always been a difficult space to navigate. I spent so much energy trying to hide my body, that I forgot I deserve to enjoy it… My weight fluctuates. I have self harm scars. I’m transgender. I get cellulite. But I deserve to feel the sun and sea on my skin during summer as much as anyone else! I refuse to let other people’s judgments of my body become how I see myself,’ she says, opening up about her own struggles to find body confidence.
Munroe has been vocal about her own journey to loving herself, as well advocating for the LGBTQ community and working on anti-racism campaigns. She appeared on this year’s Pride Power List, and has modelled for major brands such as Illamasqua.
She’s now part of lingerie and swimwear brand Bluebella’s #LoveYourself campaign to empower other women to do the same.
The 31-year-old began gender transitioning at 24 after describing her adolescence as growing up as a ‘very effeminate boy.’ She recently posted a picture of herself as an 11-year-old boy on Instagram – saying she wanted to give that ‘baby a big hug.’
She has been working with Bluebella for the last year promoting its lingerie and swimwear because of its strong ethos empowering women.
Bluebella founder and CEO Emily Bendell said: “We love seeing Munroe looking so confidently beautiful in Bluebella swim on her recent beach trip
‘As Munroe so eloquently tells us, all women, whatever their age, shape or gender identity, should celebrate self-love on the beach this summer. You don’t have to do anything to be beach body ready apart from getting to the beach. That is what #LoveYourself is all about.’
Finishing off her Instagram caption, Munroe said, ‘As far as we are concerned there are just three things you need to have a “beach ready” body this summer. 1. A body. 2 a swimsuit and 3. a beach.’
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