Allison Kimmey, a mom of two from Cocoa Beach, Fla., and founder of the nonprofit GirlPhoria, posted a photo of herself wearing a pastel two-piece bikini split-screened with an image of Monroe in a similar pose. “…If Marilyn Monroe can be gorgeous with her cellulite … so can you,” Kimmey wrote.
The post has received almost 4,000 likes and lots of praise for her body confidence.
Kimmey makes a habit of sharing her body-positive attitude. On Friday, she posted another bikini shot, writing in part, “Every single woman is deserving of respect no matter what she decides to wear, but please know that you are allowed to wear whatever you please, no matter what size you are or how ‘flattering’ it is.”
“Since high school I’ve struggled with disordered eating patterns and weight fluctuations,” Kimmey tells Yahoo Beauty. When she married her high school sweetheart in 2008, Kimmey was a size 2/4, but “no matter my size, I felt like the girl was trying to fit in.” After the birth of her son, now 6, and daughter, now 4, Kimmey became exhausted by the idea of chasing perfection.
While working in marketing at a plus-size clothing company, she was encouraged to try modeling, and from there, her confidence soared. Now Kimmey’s Instagram account depicts her body at all different weights, but the theme is constant: Love your body.
Kimmey’s 47,000 followers on Instagram get a near-daily glimpse into her life — hanging out in a bikini, doing yoga on the beach, and working out at home.
The most fulfilling part of her journey has been instilling self-confidence in her daughter. “One day, I told her, ‘Everyone says we look alike,'” says Kimmey. “She said, ‘Mom I don’t want to look like you — I want to look like me.’”
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