04 June 2015

Monif C. Beach Chic Blogger Giveaway

If there's a rare find in the world of plus-size swimwear, it's a bathing suit that's mean to support your curves without hiding them. By that I mean, something that isn't designed with the idea of "slimming down fat girls," but rather, giving their bodies the utmost comfort while letting the beauty of those fuller bodies shine through. With the ever-popular "fatkini" trend, the options have definitely been improving steadily over the course of the last couple of years. But if there's one designer really delivering luxury and structure for a cost that's not going to completely throw you into financial devastation, it's Monif Clarke of Monif C.
As a confident, goddess-esque plus-size woman herself, Monif knows what larger bodies need to feel truly comfy. She knows a swimsuit needs to be built with extra support in areas like the tummy so everything can be kept into place while you're prancing around the beach (or, you know, a Brooklyn rooftop, if you're me). But she also knows that in order to do this, you shouldn't have to force a garment to "slim" or "tuck" or "minimize" the body. With qualities like reinforced elastic, control lining, removable bra cups, and removable halter straps, her swim line is all about stability without compromising. You don't have to compromise the shape of your body. You don't have to compromise your most beloved chunky bits. You don't have to compromise style.
The "Fiji" Sweetheart Ruched Swimsuit I'm wearing here feels to me like a profession of love. When I'm in it, I'm reminded that I adore my body. While it makes me reflect upon all the wasted time I spent not feeling this way, it makes me grateful that I managed to arrive at all. With these strategic belly cutouts, I can show the world that I'm not ashamed of my stomach. I'm not afraid of being seen or wearing something that puts what so many think of as a "problem area" in the spotlight. Because it's not a problem area at all. And we seriously need to stop thinking as much.
So… with swim season basically here (unless you're on the East Coast and dealing with these temperamental weather changes), Monif C. has teamed up with six plus-size bloggers and body pos proponents for the Beach Chic Giveaway. Monif's newest swim line is filled with the stuff bathing suit dreams are made of. Everything from sexy cutouts to experimental necklines to pastel hues to bold prints is there. And I'd absolutely love to introduce as many plus women to the wonders that is wearing a bathing suit that isn't designed to "fix" or "slim" or "hide" your beautiful bod.
So! If you're interested in being gifted a free swimsuit, please enter the raffle below between now and June 18th! All you have to do is:

  1. Comment on this blog post with your swimsuit preference (including size) and contact info.
  2. Follow @monifcplussizes on Instagram.
  3. Spread the word using the #monifcbeachchic hashtag.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I know swim season has traditionally been this weird source of anxiety for so many women (and men, let's be fair) of all sizes and shapes. It's been a harbinger of body hate and negative self-talk. But it doesn't have to be. Every body is beach-ready. Every body is a bikini body. Every body deserves to feel sexy and beautiful and confident and all-around phenomenal. And that includes when wearing a swimsuit. Heck, maybe especially then.

Images by Paddy McClave — who shot these on an old Polaroid because this bathing suit totes deserves the magic that is analog photography.

33 comments:

  1. I have been lusting after The "St Tropez" for quite sometime now, I think the fringe is absolutely HOT! My favorite color of that collection is Fuschia, in a curvyliscious size 18W- pa' que quepan todas estas curvas! (contact info: zgfsquared@gmail.com)

    GOOD LUCK to everyone that enters!

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  2. i would love the PERU" FRINGE SKIRT PLUS SIZE SWIMSUIT - BLACK in a size 18 for my sister

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  3. Llllooooove that Fiji so much! Especially in black, but aztec is great too! I hope I win!

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  4. I'm loving the Peru Fringe suit in Jade! So pretty! Size 20

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  5. I'm in love with the Santa Rose Bikini!! I've finally worked up the courage to wear a bikini and hoping this could be my first one! :D I'm a size 20W and prefer the color orchid. Thank you for the opportunity and fashion inspiration! <3

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  6. I would LOVE the Santa Rosa Bikini in mint green! It'll be my first summer wearing a bikini to the beach and this would be perfect! I'm a size 18 top and 16 bottom. Fingers crossed!!! (:

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  7. Great swimsuits! I love the Sao Paulo underwire top and high-waisted bottom. The fuchsia snake print is fun. I wouldn't be afraid to go to the pool with my kids in a suit that's so flattering. I wear a 12 to 14.

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  10. "Sao Paulo" Plus Size Bikini Fringe - Black
    Size 24W
    regina.weed@gmail.com
    IG: MRSZWRIGHT

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  11. Cabo Monokini fuchsia /paprika
    Jkwright20@hotmail.com
    Size 24W

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  12. I would love the Santa Rosa in Mint Green size 18.

    Contact info: angelina.baybee@gmail.com
    @angelina_maryann instagram

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  13. I love the Fiji Sweetheart style in a Size 16 W
    Contact: erin.mckelle@gmail.com
    @erinmckelle on Instagram

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  14. All of the swimsuits are awesome!!! My favourite is the fringed one piece!

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  15. I would love the Cabo monokini size 14. I can be reached at clwest06@yahoo.com and @mschanice via Twitter and Instagram

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  16. I would live the Sao Paulo High Waisted Bikini- Aztec in a 14/16. You can contact me at sheinarodney@yahoo.com or s_stush on instagram.....fingers crossed!!!

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  17. I would like the Cabo Fushia Paprika size 16 makeshiftqueen@gmail.com

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  18. I would like the "FIJI" SWEETHEART RUCHED PLUS SIZE SWIMSUIT - BLACK in 14. I was looking for a white one they showed in a picture, but it wasn't on that page.

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  19. Hi !

    First of all, i read your blog but i'm often too shy to left a comment. So, thank you for your articles, i really love your sens of fashion ! :)

    As for the giveaway, i'm pretty into the Peru fringe skirt swimsuit, in Jade because everything is better in Jade, and in 22w (because it's my size, and so it fits me better too ^^).

    You'll find my contact nifo on the rafflecopter. Thank you for this opportunity, have a nice day ! :)

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  20. "Sao Paulo" Plus Size Bikini Fringe - Jade
    Size 24W
    Jessy.Cinderflame@yahoo.com
    IG: jessycinderflame

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  21. I would love to win the Santa Rosa bikini in pink!

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  22. I love the black Fiji sweetheart suit in 16. These are awesome! mrsbrockavich48 (at)gmail (dot)com

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  23. I absolutely love the
    "SAO PAULO" PLUS SIZE BIKINI UNDERWIRE TOP -AZTEC and matching "SAO PAULO" HIGH-WAISTED PLUS SIZE BIKINI BRIEF -AZTEC! I Hope I win!!
    Katherine
    Size: 14W
    Email: knsmith.art@gmail.com

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  24. I am in love with the Peru fringe skirt in Fuchsia!!! These are some beautiful suits, so if they're comfortable as well ... Hawaii here I come!
    Size 24W
    lisa.lou@q.com

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  25. That swimsuits color made your skin more fairer. Check my blog page too Swimsuits Direct .
    Cheers!

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  26. I like the "Peru" Fringe Skirt Plus Size Swimsuit - Black in a size 24W
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  27. I would loooove to get the fiji sweatheart ruched plus size swimsuit aztec in a size 16W. My contact is MiraWinter@gmx.de. Thank you :-)

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  28. I like this one:
    "Peru" Fringe Skirt Plus Size Swimsuit - Jade Sz 24
    RAFFLECOPTER NAME: JENNIFERANNE
    jenniferanne74@aol.com

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  29. I'm in love with the "Santa Rosa" Plus Size Bikini Top w/Underwire -Orchid with matching "Santa Rosa" Plus Size Bikini Brief -Orchid both in 20W.
    Email: jackie@altmedia.net.au

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  30. I absolutely adore the Sao Paulo fringe bikini in a size 16/18. My contact info is: adria.s.johnson@gmail.com

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  31. Me pareces una chica preciosa y el bañador te sienta de maravilla. Qué vivan las curvas!

    Saludos!

    http://losantojosdeclara.blogspot.com.es/

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