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Swedish bikini girl's buxom body goes viral

27 Jul 2012, 13:12

Published: 27 Jul 2012 13:12 GMT+02:00

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"It feels surreal," Linda-Marie Nilsson told The Local.

"I’ve got thousands of emails and comments. I even got one email from someone in Canada and Australia thanking me for being brave and posting it."

Nillson uploaded the photo on Wednesday evening with the comment that if all those people with flat stomachs could post images of themselves at the beach, then so could she.

Just hours after going public with the pic, it had received several thousand likes, and within twenty-four hours this number had swelled to 60,000.

“After I made it public things started happening,” laughed Nilsson.

She added that she posted the image as a way to make plumper people snap photos of themselves at the beach too.

“It is mostly skinny girls that post photos of themselves in bikinis. Those who are a bit plumper like me usually just take photos of other things,” she said.

So far the reactions have been 90 percent positive, Nilsson explained, but there have also been some negative emails and comments accusing her of promoting an unhealthy way of living.

“They said I’m promoting an unhealthy ideal, which I don’t do because I am healthy and not at all fat,” she said.

“But I don’t care what they say. Instead I’ve cried when reading the emails of guys and girls who’ve been suffering because they feel ashamed of their bodies.”

Swedish journalist Julia Skott, who ran a widely popular blog called "Kroppsbild" (literally: body image), where people could post images of their bodies, agrees that our body ideals need to change, but was quick to point out that the manner in which we talk about images like Nilsson’s is just as important.

“It’s just as problematic to discuss this image as 'a real woman's body'. That's just shifting the judgment. All women's bodies are real bodies,” Skott told The Local.

Skott, just like Nilsson, received negative comments saying her site was promoting an unhealthy ideal, but mainly she received encouraging reactions.

“I got mostly positive reactions. But people also forgot that I didn’t start the blog to show one particular body type. The idea was to show that our bodies are different.”

Although the blog is still up for people to view, Skott has stopped running it.

“It took up too much time. Even people who were positive of the blog started criticizing me for not posting more frequently.”

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Asked if Skott thinks people need to see more images like Nilsson’s she replies that “it would seem to be the case”.

Nilsson on the other hand believes she wouldn't be able to do the same thing again.

“I’ll never get this much reaction if I do the same thing again, but I’m sure I can continue to make a change by writing about it in my blog,” Nilsson told The Local.

Salomon Rogberg

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Your comments about this article

14:13 July 27, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
"They said I'm promoting an unhealthy ideal, which I don't do because I'm healthy and not at all fat," she said.

14:18 July 27, 2012 by rise
She made other people equally fat feel som pride, that's all.
14:56 July 27, 2012 by whoye
yeah right.. come by as a "not fat at all" when you stop using mirror attached to a stick for checking your genitalia
15:00 July 27, 2012 by Abe L
#2 - Already hit the hammer on the nail. I don't understand why fat people know no shame.

The majority of the responses must have come from people demanding compensation for their lunch and desk cleaning expenses.
15:06 July 27, 2012 by Kalyissa
What the hell ? You guys are just being cruel.

Shes not fat far from it. Shes perhaps a size 14/16 (UK) Which is the average size nowadays? She looks healthy and happy in the picture.
15:28 July 27, 2012 by Douglas Garner
At least she isn't anorexic!
15:39 July 27, 2012 by Svensksmith
No worse than some old geezer strutting around in a speedo with his junk poking out.
15:55 July 27, 2012 by mJagiela
Nah, she's not fat, but she's not worth 70,000 likes and almost 4,000 comments either.
15:55 July 27, 2012 by Swedish Cat
I really do not see why people have to bother and be so cruel. I would take a healthy happy person any day of the week instead of a starving body fixated, self aware bimbo.
16:22 July 27, 2012 by mJagiela
Well said, Swedish Cat. And I bet those who are so cruel spend all their days in front of computer doing nothing... or doing nothing and eating...
16:33 July 27, 2012 by arri
She's a truly beautiful mind, heart, body, spirit. You naysayers could learn a lot from her if you'd close your mouth, open your mind and stop being such twats. :)
17:29 July 27, 2012 by Frobobbles
Her arms are so enormously fatty!
17:48 July 27, 2012 by colombianska_tjej
Well, i admire her courage. And also, i prefer seing someone like her than an anorexic girl, who could break in pieces with just a hug
18:07 July 27, 2012 by batista
useless article...she is fat. Period.
18:20 July 27, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Yuck. Fat chicks are gross.
18:48 July 27, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
More cushion for for the pushin'.

Seriously, her BMI would put her in the obese range. Disgusting. At least don't flaunt it in front of the whole world.
21:35 July 27, 2012 by GLO
Good for her !!! But PLEASE do NOT wear any thing but a tent, Men have very tender eyes..... And we know a FAT girl when we see one......
21:57 July 27, 2012 by dizzymoe33
@Spuds MacKenzie

Fat men are even grosser!!!! Idiot!!!

Real women have natural curves and some meat on their bones. Only 1% of the population is naturally a size 0, the other 99% are all shapes and sizes. What is important is, is the person happy and healthy!!
04:08 July 28, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@dizzymoe33 But they're not healthy if they're overweight.
10:17 July 28, 2012 by rise

Why is a statement of fact being being cruel? I seldom put emotions into things. Now, being cruel assumes a feeling, which I lack in this case. I am Swedish, I am neutral. ;)

Fat, thin, short, tall... it's all statements of facts. It is neither saying ugly nor beautiful.

A person may be black like the blight or white like a corpse which is statements of facts followed by a description for easily understanding. Still it is not saying ugly, not beautiful.

Oh, readers are projecting their own feelings into those words, trying to transform the words into something I haven't even said, but that's something else completely isn't it...
12:36 July 28, 2012 by FatherJon
She's FAT! Why gild the lilly? She's a chubster, a Jenny Craig escapee, a gross chick!

Can't understand why people don't call a spade a spade.
06:58 July 30, 2012 by philster61
Shes fat, Is that not obvious?
02:44 July 31, 2012 by Da Goat
Yeah I guess she will do for practice!

I would not like to rescue her from a burning building though ...no use busting your back just for a shag!
05:58 August 4, 2012 by DinVitsippa
Well, since you are on the subject of stating the obvious, you're cruel comments reflect your intelligence.

Yeah, she might be a bit heavy but you guys are idiots. So, if she is to wear nothing but a tent because your 'sensitive man eyes' can handle it. Then please remove your internet connection because no one wants to witness your idiocy.
14:11 August 11, 2012 by calebian22
Good for her that she is out there enjoying the sun. She seems to have a good self image in spite of the fact that her eyes don't work very well. Her weight is unhealthy, but being ashamed of carrying too much junk in your trunk and having a muffin top is not healthy either.
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