There used to be a time frame - right around February/March - where i would start to get manic about becoming ‘Bikini Body Ready’. Heck, not even bikini body, any swimsuit-ready to be in front of people you didn’t know at the pool. We’re taught early on there is only one kind of acceptable body at the pool, and that stigma is instilled from a very early age. I remember around the age of 11 starting to feel ashamed by the rolls on my tummy - how when I sat down to grab a snack with my friends, how my belly poked out while theirs didn’t. How boys wanted to talk to them and I was left to hang out on the sidelines by myself. And up until a few years ago, media wasn’t your friend either. While brands are becoming more size inclusive and celebrating flaws instead of photoshopping them (hello, Target!) - growing up and being presented nothing but articles on diet plans and images of tone women in two pieces.