Dare to Swim and Post?

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Swimming suit photos were pretty fun when I was a kid. That was before they became known as the art of strategic tucking in, pushing out and angling the body.

One of my fondest memories wearing a swimming-suit happened when I was eight. My mom was pregnant with my sister Angie and she wanted a photographic record of her ready-to-pop belly. She stepped out of our house to get a swimming-suit picture in our brick patio. Wanting to be like mom, Cata and I put our swimming-suits on and ran to hug mom’s belly as a film camera immortalized the moment. Looking back, I love this memory because of how careless we all were about how we looked. It was all about having fun and enjoying the moment, giggles and kisses to the big belly.

Nowadays, swimwear photos go hand in hand with the word caution. Put the words “social media” and “guidelines” together in any professional conference or career development seminar and you will surely hear it. How we have to be careful about what we post, mindful of those photos that show more skin. To ignite fear, the speaker will say something along the lines “Imagine what a prospective employer will think if they see those photos?”

Tragic, isn’t it? They could find out that you don’t wear work slacks and a blazer to the beach. What will they think of you?

I get it, there’s a thing called work etiquette. I appreciate it exists and I follow it, because most of the time it’s reasonable. I am not hanging a photo of me in a swimming suit on my work cubicle, but why does it matter if I post it on social media? Unlike people who get fired because of online behaviors that are offensive or discriminatory, a swimwear photo is not really aimed at hurting others. Whatever you wear to the beach, you have a right to wear it. Whether it’s a two-piece swimming suit or a burkini, it’s your choice.

Let’s embrace realness. Let’s stop pointing fingers for things that we all do. Go on, post your swimming suit photo. I won’t be offended.