Plus Size Travel: Beach Body Image

May 1 2010 | CeCe Olisa

I woke up this morning and the beautiful view from my hotel room was calling my name. As a California girl, a good beach is one of the best things on earth to me, so I couldn’t wait to go out. I lathered on some sunscreen threw on my bathing suit, a maxi dress and headed downstairs with my girlfriends.

The Miami Beach Resort & Spa has a beautiful patio with a swimming pool and a private path that leads to the beach. We grabbed the complimentary beach towels and made our way onto the sand. As much as I love my new SwimSuitsForAll bathing suit, I still have apprehensions about walking around in a bathing suit but I looked around and saw women of all sizes proudly walking around in the sun and it made me feel more at ease.

In my mind Miami was a place for girls with tiny waists and fake boobies and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel as a PSP to be in a place like this. There was one woman with her family and she had to be at least a size 20 but she was wearing a teeny-tiny bikini! I thought to myself, if she can be proud of her belly, surely I can take off this maxi dress and wade into the water. We stayed on the beach for a few hours and then we made our way to the pool so that we could have a drink from the hotel poolside bar and listen to the band that was playing.

My friend Jaslin and I decided to take a dip in the pool, while Jaslin is very petite she has big (natural) boobies like I do. As we bobbed around in the pool laughing and talking, an older Caribbean man walked by and looked down at us, “I love women with beautiful smiles…” he said, pointing at us.

“Thanks” we replied in unison.

“And,” he said “I like women with a big– (he motioned to his chest)”. We both gasped in shock and then he gave us a wink “HEART!”

It was so ridiculously funny that I couldn’t even be offended. As the morning went on I got more and more comfortable in the beach/pool environment and I even made a quick run up to my hotel room wearing just my bathing suit and no cover-up which was a big deal for me.

Anyway, I wanted to check in… I’m sorry I didn’t post yesterday, my friends wedding was yesterday and I got caught up in all the wedding activities. Keep your fingers crossed, I think I’m going to go parasailing today!

I’ll keep you posted!


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8 responses on “Plus Size Travel: Beach Body Image

  1. LuckyGirl

    CeCe you are beautiful no matter what size you are!!! But I know how self conscious and hard we can all be on ourselves, so kudos to you for finding your comfort and enjoying the things that really matter – like sunshine, water, friends and, of course, poolside cocktails! Have Fun, lovely!!

  2. chocdrop

    Congrats on ultimately getting comfortable to be you…sexy and fun!!
    I haven't seen a bathing suit in 25 years and I am ok with that since I can't swim anyway.

    I hope parasailing happens today.

    Have more fun!!

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