Sunday 9 June 2013

Just keep swimming.

I got invited to take photos at an awesome event recently, but unusually for the ones I usually feature on this blog - I didn't actually make it there. Pesky work got in the way, you see.

I still wanted to blog about the event though, because I really admire the sentiment behind it and think it's worth sharing.

Earlier this week, Speedo arranged a parade where dozens of women paraded through London in their swimming costumes. I know, the idea fills me with dread too, but that's entirely why they did it. The women weren't all model thin or cellulite free, but they were trying to make a statement against this bloody fat culture that we as a nation are obsessed with, to transform the walk of shame from the changing room into a parade of confidence.

Heck, I'm guilty of being part of the fat culture - if you heard the conversations I have with my sister or my best friends about body image, I'm sure you'd be horrified. I've been open about trying to lose weight this year, and a large part of it was due to not liking how I looked at the start of this year. But I was also putting my health at risk, and I can feel the difference in my body from just eating better and being more active.

Swimming is actually my favourite form of exercise, and one that I really miss as I haven't done it in ages. It's perfect for people with joint problems as the water is super supportive, and it's low impact whilst working you hard. And even if you don't like how you look in a swimming cossie, once you're in the water, who cares? You're in your own little bubble (almost literally!) and can just focus on getting through those lengths.

Speedo have launched a range of swimming costumes to help sculpt and shape the body called the Speedo Sculpture range, because they know that it's all very well trying to think confident, but sometimes we all need a little bit of help, too. I'm definitely getting one, and definitely getting back in the pool this summer.

Check out Speedo's Facebook page for more photos and info!

Collaborative post.


  1. This was such a lovely idea! I hope there is more awareness raises around it as it is such a good thing for young people to see. Well done speedo.

  2. I love this idea but there is no way I could have taken part in it. I swim every day, and I find it hard enough to be in my swimsuit in the changing rooms / pool of my gym, which is pretty quiet at 7am. Body confidence is something I have definitely not got the hang of.

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