Spain dumping ‘summer body’ myth

MADRID (AFP) — Spain’s government is seeking to dump the “summer body” myth by welcoming all those who are overweight, have had breast surgery, or simply don’t feel they have the perfect bikini body, to flock to the beaches.

A new campaign entitled “Summer is Ours too” was launched on social networks this week, aiming to challenge perceived beauty standards and, in particular, to free women from the social pressure, boosted by magazines and ad campaigns, to be slim.

The campaign poster shows a diverse group of women, some overweight, one with large tattoos, another with pink hair.  One of the women in the beach scene has had a mastectomy and is topless. Another is proudly displaying a hairy armpit.

The Women’s Institute, an organization directly dependent on the Ministry of Equality, is behind the campaign and tweeted that “bodies are diverse, free of gender stereotypes, and occupy all spaces. Summer belongs to us too. Free, equal and diverse.”

The “Summer is Ours too” hashtag has been circulating in recent days, at a time when websites, magazines and advertisements are, like every year, championing “operation bikini” or the “summer body.”

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