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"If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be modelling a bikini for a swimwear label, I would have laughed in your face.

I know most women will resonate: I have struggled with my body image since I hit puberty at the tender age of 11. I’ve always been curvy, despite years and years of restrictive dieting (keto, vegan, raw, soup diets, calorie restriction - you name it, I’ve obsessed over it). I’m not a gym bunny, but I’ve always been active. Regardless, I’ve never truly felt comfortable in my own body.

I recently dated someone who asked me several times how much I weigh, and made other comments that were not intended to be hurtful, but hurt terribly nonetheless. It made me realise how deeply sad and powerless my relationship with my body has been my entire life.

And so, I decided to agree when I was asked to shoot for Confidence Swimwear I can honestly say, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I flicked through the photos we took, expecting to hate them all... imagine my surprise when I thought to myself, ‘DAMN. HOT DAMN.’


I am am starting to truly accept myself in my completeness. I’ve got a long way to go, but that is how it’s supposed to be. Nothing is missing. Everything is exactly as it should be, at this exact moment in time.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but: I see you. I understand your struggle. You may not be able to see it yet, but you are so utterly perfect, just the way you are. Until you can make change from an *empowered* place, all you are doing is choosing a path of resistance to what is. Stop. Breathe. 

These are some of my favourite photos of myself I think I’ve ever seen, and I am so blessed and grateful for every cell in my dimpled, curvy body."

-MJ Valentine

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