Beach babe and spaghetti vongole, an odd pairing wouldn’t you say?
No, it’s not in Italy.
What I mean is a beach babe has beautiful connotations here. Women enjoy their food and bare their bodies and it is truly a wonderful thing. Women of all shapes and sizes wear their bikinis or one-pieces without a care in the world. They enjoy their spaghetti vongole without guilt, with no regret and with gusto.
Forget the cover up, lying on the back to make the stomach appear flatter or worrying about every dimple and wrinkle. Italian women parade in their swimsuits without concern for body image and what others may think of them. I am in awe of their lack of self-consciousness and their innate self-confidence.
What I envy is their comfort in baring it all.
I admire the way they wander in their swimsuits regardless of size and many are very voluptuous and of generous build. Watching the Italian women at the beach club reminded me to enjoy the spaghetti vongole and worry less about the rest. I could see straight up the difference good posture makes and how a dose of self-confidence is probably the slimming trick of the year. Standing straight with shoulders back and head held high takes the eyes from the minutiae and puts the focus squarely where it should be. The beauty of women is so much more than the perfect 10 body.
The women with the bellies and the buttocks looked so stunning because they exuded a love for life. Enjoying the moment, like they do, is a habit I will take to heart. Walking tall with great posture, using our muscles and feeling confident mentally is something I will strive to remember.
I am not suggesting we abandon all restraint and over-indulge but rather we accept ourselves, on any given day, rather than our oftentimes default position of self-criticism.
With our confidence and posture in hand, a good swimming suit can also make the world of difference. I’m still a big fan of the one-piece, both the sporty and the vintage styles and I am working my way towards enough “Italian” confidence to get the bikini on.
Rome wasn’t built in a day ;) xv
Be A Beach Babe And Eat Spaghetti
image, hamilton wright in capri 1939