Girl In Bikini Shuts Down Haters On Twitter And Encourages Women To Love Their Bodies

It's not easy being a woman. I would say "in this day and age," but it's been hard for a while. Both men and women have had to adhere to expectations of their gender that are not realistic and cause severe confusion, self-doubt, and confidence issues that make everyone miserable. Some people are more miserable than others, so they feel compelled to express their insecurity by projecting it on other people. Clearly, they're more fearless and vocal hiding behind a computer screen, so one girl decided to do something about it.

Like most girls her age, Sara Petty is an avid social media user and loves to post pictures of herself and her life.

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She posts pictures of herself feeling confident in some of her favorite clothes. 

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Sara posed in the mirror like we all do and posted her new collection of snapshots for her friends to see.

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However, then she got some seriously mean messages from people she'd never even met.

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"I had seen a tweet from someone saying that 200-pound girls shouldn’t wear bikinis. I just did some quick searches and found a bunch of similar tweets, so I decided I could do my part to chip away at body-shaming however I could."

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"Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want."

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This simple but empowering statement was the caption on her images.

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And while it may not seem like much, this message is something everyone should live by.

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Like any issue, the only way to change minds is, well, to start. 

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Not only was Sara's approach one heck of a start, but it also created a stir online. 

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And even though there will always be haters out there who will continue to try and bring her down, Sara just keeps on smiling.

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It's something that is easier said than done, especially when you're being berated with hurtful messages from complete strangers, but at the end of the day there is only one healthy way to deal with hate and this is definitely it.

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"I hope women realize how important it is to stop tearing each other down."

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She goes on to say, "We have a lot going against us as women, we don’t need other women against us, too." 

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"I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale, and realize there is no number, high or low, that dictates if you’re worthy of feeling beautiful."

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 "Body-shaming will probably always be there in some way, but I hope my post helps at least some women feel beautiful in spite of it."

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