This isn't a post looking for pity. I've spent the majority of my life being the biggest girl in the room--it's just a fact. My body has been picked apart by countless family members, friends, & strangers who don't even know my name. Over the years I've learned to deal with the unwanted opinions by covering up my stomach, thighs, arms, & everything in between. This post is me saying I'm done. This body has carried me for almost 20 years & I LOVE my body, even if you don't. I've spent my entire life afraid of any piece of midriff-baring clothing but guess what? This summer I'm buying all the bikinis & crop tops I want because I WOKE UP LIKE THIS & I'm not ashamed of my body anymore.

Katelyn is flawless.*

*being flawless isn't the absence of flaws; it's the absence of fear

This is Katelyn's story; follow her on Instagram @katelyn_mariie

This post was originally published on Feb 5, 2014