Mindy Kaling Gives Body-Positive Bathing Suit Advice For Summer

by Cassandra Stone
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Mindy Kaling gives us all the boost of bikini confidence we need

Though we’re right in the middle of summer, it’s never too late (or early) to get body confidence pointers from our favorite celebrities. Mindy Kaling is coming through with the bathing suit advice we all need to hear once in awhile, and we love her for it.

Kaling took to Instagram to give a general shoutout to anyone and everyone: “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI.”

“You don’t have to be a size 0,” she notes in the caption. “Swipe for my storytime and have a great summer.”

In the video, Kaling shares that her best friend Jocelyn lives in Hawaii — land of incredibly surf, sun, mountains, lush landscapes, and BIKINIS. “In Hawaii, everyone wears bikinis. It doesn’t matter what your body type is. You wear a bikini.” Thus leading to Kaling, who admits has “always been shy” about her body, to rock the hell out of a two-piece bathing suit. She personally recommends high-waisted bottoms for her own figure, but encourages all of her followers to share photos of themselves in bikinis.

Naturally, people are loving this advice. Because as we all know, the best way to get a bikini body is to put a bikini on your body. Poof! Now you’ve got the perfect bikini bod.

Mindy Kaling is a breath of fresh air for many reasons (I mean, her entire style and online persona is just a literal breath of fresh, delightful air, so there’s that). One of the most empathetic things about her is how relatable she is during interviews.

Earlier this summer, she opened up to Glamour about her battles with social anxiety. “People may be surprised to hear this, but I think I do have a little social anxiety,” Kaling told the digital issue of the magazine. “Going to parties where I don’t know most of the people is stressful to me. I’ve always had four friends.”

She does the exact same over-analyzing in her head we all do after social engagements (well, those of us with anxiety do it, anyway). Not because we’re shy or anti-social, but because when we’re out of our element, or, in Kaling’s case once, socializing while knowing there’s a big presentation she has to deliver, it’s hard to stay in the moment. Becoming a parent, for many of us, only makes this more difficult to deal with. Kaling is mom to Katherine, who turns two later this year.

Personally, I’m a very singular-focus type of person. I can nail the one bigger thing I have to do, but only if I tune everything else out. Socializing while parenting a toddler? LOL good one. Trying to hold a conversation and write at the same time? Yeah, nope. And then when it’s all over, I’ll sit and wonder if I come across as rude or disinterested. So Mindy Kaling, if you’re listening, I get it. I SO GET IT.

So basically when it comes to being extremely relatable and offering simple-yet-sage body confidence advice, Mindy Kaling is incomparable.

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