Mindy Kaling is a mega-talented entertainer who’s been making us laugh from her days on the Office to The Mindy Project ($29.99, Amazon Prime). Now, she’s also inspiring us to embrace summer fun in the sun no matter what size or body type we have.
Kaling posed in some seriously cute high-waisted bikinis on her Instagram and encouraged anyone who wanted to do the same to just go for it — even if they aren’t a size 0. She wrote a message in all caps to make sure it came across loud and clear: “WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI.”
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IDK 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. Swipe for my storytime and have a great summer ❤️ (edited to say: this accidentally sounds like an ad but it’s not- but I mean, if you want to buy ANY high waisted bikini and wear it, tag a pic so I can comment)!
She added a “story time” video where she explained how she came to this epiphany on her own. “My very best friend in the world, Jocelyn, is from Hawaii and I would go and visit her when I was in college. And what I was struck about Hawaii is that everybody wears bikinis — it does not matter what your body type is. You rock a bikini because you’re in Hawaii!” Kaling has clearly taken that attitude of body positivity to heart and carried it with her beyond the islands.
Kaling admitted she prefers the high-waisted option because she feels they’re more flattering to her figure and “slightly more modest.” She also went on to ask her fans to share their own bikini pics on Instagram. (Psst, you can find some amazing options at Target!) We just love when celebrities champion such healthy body image beliefs and remind us to do the same!
You can still catch Kaling’s lasted film, Late Night, which co-stars Emma Thompson as a late night talk show host, in theaters now. Kaling also has a new series coming to Hulu on July 31 based on the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral (and going by the same name). She isn’t starring in it this time, instead taking the helm as producer and writing episodes, but the cast includes Nathalie Emmanuel of Game of Thrones fame.
We can’t wait to see what else Kaling has in store for us — either on screen, writing a new book, or another empowering post on social media!
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