shape| Swimsuit anxiety is real, and no one understands that better than blogger and body-positive activist, Carly Anderson. A few years ago, the young mom realized that she’d only worn a swimsuit three times since giving birth to her daughter.
“I felt uncomfortable, so I avoided the beach and pool parties,” Anderson tells Shape. “My whole life, I’d loved the water and hated bathing suits.”
Then one day, she jokingly shared her dislike for swimsuits on social media. To her surprise, she wasn’t alone. “The comments and messages poured in,” she says. “Apparently, everyone felt the same way.”