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Plus-size women on TikTok are embracing their bodies by sharing what they used to wear to the beach compared to what they wear now

Summary List PlacementPlus-size women are jumping on a new body-positive TikTok trend showing bikini body season is for all shapes and sizes.  The trend which was first reported on by BuzzFeed last week sees plus-size women sporting baggy clothing before a transition to them wearing two-piece bikinis. It went viral after Randi Bosin, 36, posted her original TikTok on June 7, which has gone on to be viewed over 4 million times and has more than 950,000 likes.  @mrsbosin Im a damn Queen and so are you 👑 put the suit on babe! ##PerfectAsWeAre ##DADMOVES ##plussize ##selflove ##bodypositivity ##BestSeatInTheHouse...

A side by side of TikTok user @MrsBosin comparing the T-shirt she used to wear to the pool with the bikini she's wearing this summer.

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Plus-size women are jumping on a new body-positive TikTok trend showing bikini body season is for all shapes and sizes. 

The trend which was first reported on by BuzzFeed last week sees plus-size women sporting baggy clothing before a transition to them wearing two-piece bikinis. It went viral after Randi Bosin, 36, posted her original TikTok on June 7, which has gone on to be viewed over 4 million times and has more than 950,000 likes. 

In the video Bosin, a mother of two from Wisconsin, starts off wearing an over-sized t-shirt and black knee-length shorts. She describes the look in an overlaid caption: “This is the type of outfit I wore to the beach/pool most of my adult life. I was ashamed because society says big isn’t beautiful.”

Declaring she’ll “never be ashamed” again, Bosin swaps her baggy clothing for a black bikini. 

Speaking to Insider, Bosin, who affiliates for online boutique Closet Candy, said: “I just loved showing who I used to be and who I am now because I think people can relate to that.”

“I was in a bad place 10 years ago after having two babies. I was not amused by my body, my lack of motivation and metabolism,” Bosin said. “But I always tell people that the self-love journey is long and it’s never-ending. I’m not always confident every single day, but I’m still here.”

It didn’t take long after the original video was posted for the trend to catch on and for Bosin’s display of confidence to spark a similar feeling in other plus-size women.  

Those following Randi’s footsteps on TikTok use the trend as an opportunity to highlight how society made them feel when visiting the pool or beach.

User @pressedbysativa starts her version of the trend in a similar fashion, before a transition where she rocks a strappy technicolor swimsuit. Her accompanying caption reads: “I will NEVER wear basketball shorts and a big T to the pool/beach again.”

TikTok user @pressedbysativa wears a grey oversized t-shirt (left) before changing into a rainbow color strappy swimsuit (right).Since posting the video, Bosin describes receiving an influx of messages from people who say they found her just at the right time because they were ready to “give up on life.”

“I just wanted to inspire women to wear bikinis and now I’m just inspiring women to live their lives essentially,” Bosin told Insider. 

In terms of her own personal inspiration, Bosin is quick to single out Grammy award-winning pop star Lizzo, who recently made waves on Instagram by declaring the start of “big girl summer.”

“Her music is so much about self-love and self-worth,” Bosin said. “She’s my hype station. I tell all the girls following me you got to get up in the morning and you got to hype yourself up. You have to talk to yourself and tell yourself you’re amazing and that you’re beautiful. Because once you start to tell yourself those things and believe them, they just become second nature.”

TikTok user @pressedbysativa did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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