‘Fatkinis’ making the scene for plus-size women

Fatkini Founder Gabi Gregg

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Who says you need to be a size 2 to rock a two-piece?

Danielle Defronzo said, “I wear what I want to wear and what I am comfortable in.”

Jessica Ross says, “I think I’m a little hottie with my curves and I feel like I wear it well.”

Hashtag “Fatkini” is making waves all over Instagram—curvy women like Clair Wakefield posting photos of their bikini bods in a bold, beautiful way.

Wakefield says, “It’s hard to find clothes that are cute and fashionable – let alone bathing suits which are a nightmare for most women – it’s really great embracing your body and not hiding it.” Dr. Robyn Silverman, a body image expert, said “The term ‘fatkini’ is the plus-sized community taking that word ‘fat’ back and saying ‘We’re going to celebrate our bodies as they are.’”

It’s a celebration that got a boost just last year when plus-sized blogger Gabi Gregg teamed up with a swimsuit retailer to create the so-called ‘fatkini,’ which sold out in only two days. “I really wanted to design bikinis that were stylish, young and fresh,” Gregg said.

And she’s not the only one taking notice of the overwhelming demand. Retail stores like Forever 21 and H&M are popular among fatkini shoppers.

But not everyone is as accepting of the big movement. Some comments criticized the women for encouraging obesity. “If you’re not healthy, you’re not healthy and no amount of self-confidence will help you deal with the consequences,” one said.

But Silverman said, “They should wear whatever they want if it makes them feel good.”

Jessica Ross said, “I am in a swimsuit and it’s a two-piece and I’m showing my tum-tum. I’m okay with it and you should be too.”

Danielle Defronzo said, “Once you are confident, nothing else can tear you down.”

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