AT the top of a busy day Mollie Chapman loves nothing higher than to strip off, pop on one among her 15 bikinis and head off to her native pool.
And as a “non secular” fan of Love Island, the 22-year-old takes her inspiration from the more and more skimpy outfits worn by contestants – even when it means risking a backlash from merciless trolls on-line.
“I am a dimension 18 and love carrying skimpy Love Island bikinis. As an added bonus, you get a greater tan,” she says.
“Prior to now nameless on-line trolls have referred to as me fats. If they’ve points with my determine then it’s their downside – not mine.
“I am going at the least twice per week for a swim. Sure I’ve received huge hips and a giant chest however once I look within the mirror, these days, I see a beautiful hourglass determine.”
Love Island contestants have beforehand described the painstaking efforts they undergo to hone their bikini our bodies, with Amy Hart final month revealing she weighed simply 9 stone after skipping work to go to the fitness center.
Mollie, who lives in Manchester and is a videographer, describes herself as “curvy” and “mid-sized”, however proudly insists that “each physique is a bikini physique”.
“It grinds my gears the way in which the time period is used to divide and rule,” she says. “It’s why I push myself into flaunting all of my curves, stretch marks and rolls in bikinis of MY selecting.
“Sure my thighs are thicker and have stretchmarks – however I like them. They’re part of me and make me who I’m. I wish to remind myself that every of my “imperfections” is simply one other stunning and distinctive attribute to indicate off.”
As a young person, Mollie says she felt insecure about her determine and would put on a shirt over her bikini, even when swimming within the sea.
“I used to be all the time acutely aware about different folks taking a look at me,” she says.
“I recognised my self-consciousness was making choices for me – however didn’t know what to do about it.”
The turning level got here when she requested a good friend for recommendation about how they’d deal with awkward emotions about their physique.
The recommendation from her pal was easy but life altering: “Showcase that physique!”
“It was a large lightbulb second for me,” she says. “That’s once I determined to face my fears. I used to be round 18 once I determined to push myself into it.
“As I’ve received older I’ve develop into actually empowered. Now when folks take a look at me in a bikini I do know they’re considering “how nice does she look!” And now I really feel assured and attractive.”
With hundreds of social media followers, Mollie desires to unfold her physique assured message world wide.
She says that whereas in her scholar days, trolls would name her “fats or meaty”, the phrases now bounce off her.
“Anybody who places themselves on the market on-line goes to get the odd unkind remark,” she says.
“These days these phrases don’t imply something to me as a result of I refuse to present them a that means. That method I don’t give the phrases any energy. We ALL have physique fats.
“Trolling somebody is extra of a mirrored image of the particular person. It’s unavoidable and I simply put it all the way down to jealousy.”
‘All of us have the identical insecurities’
As an influencer, Mollie hopes to comply with within the footsteps of fashions like Felicity Haywood, Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday in flying the flag for bigger girls.
“I’ve received a presence on social media. I’m all about selling self-love. I don’t need ladies of their teenagers to get sucked into the aesthetics of life on-line being a sure method.
“All of us have the identical insecurities, even so a great deal of younger folks use filters and it worries me.
“There are such a lot of apps that can assist you tweak your footage so you may have perkier boobs, shinier pores and skin and a thinner physique.
“Everyone knows none of us seem like that in actual life.
“I wish to remind myself that social media is an promoting platform. So most of the photos are filtered. But we’re all bodily totally different dwelling the identical life.
Mollie credit her boyfriend Ben Suthers, 24, a bar tender, for additionally serving to her love her curves.
“My boyfriend makes me really feel so attractive. We have now been collectively three years. He’s one among my fundamental sources of confidence and is a implausible help system. If I’ve the odd day of tension he tells me I’m stunning. He has helped me change how I see myself.”
And Mollie has a message for producers of the present.
“All the Love Island ladies this 12 months are slim,” she says. “I’m unhappy there aren’t extra Love Islanders – women and men – with totally different physique sorts.
“A wider vary of illustration would higher replicate who we’re as a society.
“The producers needs to be pushed to signify their viewers. Being curvy or mid-size – or totally different physique shapes – simply isn’t talked about sufficient.”