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#Fatkini On Instagram: Brilliant New Trend Sees Curvy Women Embrace Bikinis

13/08/2014 12:10 | Updated 20 May 2015

A refreshing new trend has emerged on Instagram which has seen curvy women showing off their bikini bodies.

Hundreds of women are getting in on the #Fatkini trend, embracing their bodies, and looking brilliant in the process.

According to the Independent, writer Miriam Perez explains on Colorline.com that a fatkini is "a bikini made for, and worn by, a fat plus-size or curvy woman."

The trend is acknowledged to have been started by beauty and fashion plus-size blogger Gabi Gregg (GabbiFresh) who now has her own line of swimwear for Swimsuits For All, which cover a range of sizes from 10 to 24.

Gabbi posted her own #Fatkini photos way back in 2012, in an attempt to encourage others to have fun and embrace their bodies.

From bold prints and multicolours to stripes and monochrome, these two-pieces are rocking our world.

The movement is even thought to have spurred some retailers on to stocking more plus-size bikinis, including online shop Asos.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, in her original 2012 post, Gabbi wrote: "I truly encourage you guys to get to the beach (or a pool) this summer – don't let body shame keep you from having a good time.

"I don't expect everyone to feel comfortable in a two-piece, but hopefully I can inspire some of you to take the plunge. I can't tell you how freeing it is to just have fun without worrying about what other people think."

Body positive activist Tess Munster (pictured fourth down) is just one of many women who posted photographs of themselves supporting the movement.

She wrote on her Instagram post: "Today I am celebrating being able to swim with my son without worrying what others might say ... and guess what? No one cared that my tummy was out and it was glorious."

Good on you, ladies.

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