THE SWIMWEAR DILEMMA.

Updated on Jun 11, 2011
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accordingtoannika 's Thoughts:

See all the photos of this outfit here!

Believe it or not, the point of this post is not (only) to show off my pale but bitchin’ beach bod. This is actually all I’m able to wear these days. I simply don’t know how you people from Florida, Cali and all other hot and sunny places do it! How do you ever get dressed?

Still not complaining, though – I wouldn’t dare insult the so-extremely-rare-I’m-still-not-convinced-this-isn’t-all-a-dream Swedish heatwave! If I did, it would probably start raining in the next hour and not stop until October, when the rain freezes and turns into snow. Trust me, I love the sunshine, I love mowing the lawn in skimpy swimwear. But I just couldn’t put on clothes in this weather. Good thing I don’t have to!

Oh, and a few words about posting bikini-photos: At first, I was quite reluctant to posting them at all. When you show that much skin, obviously it might be perceived as too “sexual” or provocative. But then I asked myself, who’s to say which photos are sexual and which aren’t? Why does a woman’s body have to be a sexual object just because she’s in a bathingsuit? Then, on to the next issue: am I maybe too skinny to be in a bikini, sending out the wrong types of signals, reproducing the ideal that says you can’t be bigger than a size 4 if you want to show off your body? Wait, am I maybe not skinny enough? Aaaaah!

All these contradicting thoughts made me realize that it’s all bullshit. Of course everyone who feels like posting bikini photos should be able to do it, without having to consider the fact that she might be objectified, and without feeling insecure about her size or shape. It’s just a bathingsuit, for crying out loud, and well – it’s what I’m wearing. Still, once again, here I am, questioning my own decisions not based on what I think is right, but on the fear of what other people might think. And that ain’t cool, you guys! Last time I checked, my blog was called “According to Annika”, not “According to Some Imaginary Judgemental Person Out There”. This means that here on my blog, I make the rules, and I decide that a girl in a pretty bathingsuit doesn’t have to be anything else than exactly that.

Comments (40)

LyssBlondish
LyssBlondish on August 13
I would kill for this swimsuit.
Monstress
Monstress on June 14
Splendid.
Chiwidoll
Chiwidoll on February 13
I love your post and your photos! You look great!
alinaceusan
alinaceusan on August 16
superb swimwear!
wows
wows on June 21
lovve your photos! beautiful!!1 im a fan! =)
flexilexi
flexilexi on June 19
omg!i love your bikini!and omg!you're so sexy
iragee
iragee on June 18
SEXY!
JessicaBox
JessicaBox on June 12
Stunning! Love the bikini :)
JessicaBox
JessicaBox on June 12
Oh and everything you said, perfection!
merryanne
merryanne on June 12
love this bikini!
donniebutterfly
donniebutterfly on June 12
i like ur figure ur just right the reason why people dont like bikini pics is because they just get jealous,doenst matter if ur to skinny or to fat u have the courage and others dont
anonymours
anonymours on June 12
cool!
jumpingjellybean
jumpingjellybean on June 12
simply gorgeous. I admire your confidence!
SunShine319
SunShine319 on June 12
love it
creepy_stranger
creepy_stranger on June 12
amazing blog post! i couldn't agree more! you are gorgeous btw!
aminta
aminta on June 12
G-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!!!!!!!! If you feel like doing or wering something just go for it!!... Kisses gorgeous..
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
so charming!
WebCamGirl
WebCamGirl on June 12
wonderful!!!
StarStuddedBelle
StarStuddedBelle on June 11
I always love your posts so much! Great argument, I couldn't agree more; and you look stunning.
liberalchic
liberalchic on June 11
it's not what others think of you but what you think of yourself that matters most. you look great with your bikini and that's what matters. keep it up!
flowerchick
flowerchick on June 11
cute!
CaraJ
CaraJ on June 11
beautiful photos!
maryiangge
maryiangge on June 11
nice bikini!
Smash86
Smash86 on June 11
love the bottoms!
minagirl
minagirl on June 11
Always pretty!
Necca
Necca on June 11
;-; I want you to be my big sister and tell me all these thoughtful things and dress me up.
PSYCHO4FUNK
PSYCHO4FUNK on June 11
haawt bikini!! love the style, been looking for something similar
PlaygroundLoveVTG
PlaygroundLoveVTG on June 11
great bikini! you wear it well
Mimi_Walker
Mimi_Walker on June 11
love the bikini ..
tovelicious
tovelicious on June 11
perfekta kvinna du ger mig the chills! Vill oxå se ut sådär! *drömmer* Du! Jag undrar en sak, jag vill lägga till mig som ditt fan men jag vet inte hur man gör? I'm stupid I know...;)
katslovefashion
katslovefashion on June 11
wow! you look absolutely stuning :)
patlaenz
patlaenz on June 11
you can get away w/any outfit and still will be perfect...ive seen a lot of swimwear here on chictopia...love the pics!!!
LauraOsorio
LauraOsorio on June 11
gorgeous! love the bathingsuit
Rock102
Rock102 on June 11
awesome bathing suit!
ZaneZanite
ZaneZanite on June 11
love it, esp the post on the sidebar
sharaj
sharaj on June 11
cool.............
fifthofjuly
fifthofjuly on June 11
"Why does a woman’s body have to be a sexual object just because she’s in a bathingsuit?" - I could not agree more with this. I believe the idea that women should avoid dressing too sexily is misogynist - the assumption of such a statement is that women's bodies ARE sexual objects. It's no different from telling women not to dress in a certain way because they'll get raped. I agree so much with
fifthofjuly
fifthofjuly on June 11
everything you've written. Thank you for articulating it so well and being daring enough to post bikini photos. They're gorgeous and so are you! :)
itsnikki
itsnikki on June 11
stunning photos!
Ecee
Ecee on June 11
bikiniiiiiiii!! love love love :)
fashionvenom
fashionvenom on June 11
gorgeous :)
mochaccinoland
mochaccinoland on June 11
nice bikini! gorgeous photos!!!
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