Ok, we admit we tempted you in with the title a bit, but when we asked you to tell us if Abysse wetsuits were a little too sexy for the surf industry in this article, we were hit with a mixed response.
This is not about naming and shaming as many of us have been guilty of this at some point.
Modern medias usage of body shapes that are considered unattainable and an unrealistic representation of the average woman have created in turn a backlash again those who posses such a figure and dare to flaunt it in public.
Here is some of what you had to say…
“uff….eat eat eat…..”
“this girl is anorexic not sporty at all”
“She does not look capable of surfing”
“Too skinny…she needs to eat!”
Now please don’t get us wrong, of course we have selected the best of the worst in order to make a point.
What is interesting is that we may all at some time have looked at an image of someone and made an instant judgement of their abilities and state of health based on their body shape.
However society would jump down our throats for saying “she is too fat to kite” or “she needs to stop eating so much“ …but the other side of the scale it has become perfectly acceptable.
We are in this instance very lucky because we get to hear back form the girl in question, brand creatrice, model, pro surfer and more, Hanalei Reponty.
This is what she had to say…
Thank you for the comments, positive or negative. Yes I am the girl in the photos and in fact I do surf, I surfed professionally for 7 years. Yes I am skinny but I eat as much as I want, my genes and athleticism make it that way.
Some people have bigger bones and some are skinnier, it works BOTH ways! Not everyone is perfect and everyone is how they were created and working with the body they have.
Not every skinny person is starving themselves (and not all curvier person are obese!) Please open your mind. If you wish to see ‘curvier’ girls in Abysse wetsuits please go check out our website/facebook page/instagram as we have some “REAL’ girls wearing our suits. They are sexy but we believe that every woman should feel empowered in their own skin!
By the way I am a real girl too, I have flaws like everyone else.
We don’t think we need to add to that. We just hope that all of us start to look at those around us as human beings, not objects put in front of us to critique …we all have a heart and a soul and every single girl in the world looks in the mirror and sees her faults that others do not …you are no different, and neither is Hanalei.
So wear a smile and a positive attitude, and trust that it radiates out and covers over any physical faults you may think you have.