Here in DC, my favorite morning radio show is without a doubt Sarah, Ty & Mel on 107.3. So when I heard that Sarah Fraser was going to be hanging out in a bikini in Dupont Circle to emphasize loving your body, I was curious and wanted to know more. Read on to learn more about Sarah (who is awesome and has a fantastic blog you can find here, by the way) below.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
- I’m a radio and TV personality here in the DC area. I happen to love life and I’m always looking for ways to live my life anything goes in order to entertain and inspire others. I’m also a proud aunt of 5 nieces and nephews in Maine and have a great family up there.
- How long have you been blogging?
- I’ve been blogging for about six years now. LOVE blogging…so empowering to put it all out there.
- What made you decide to finally buy a bikini and wear it in public?
- The bikini had a hold on me for so many years. My worth was based on if I could get into and look hot in a bikini. It was insane. Every spring I would buy books and magazines with the bikini ready diet tips for summer and every year I would fail. I would never lose weight or be comfortable in my own skin, so instead I hid my body. Under layers of shirts, all black swimsuits, and I would avoid the beach. I also never believed a good man would love me unless I was thin, looked great in a bikini, and was sexy. The bikini had a lot of power over me.
- What were you most nervous about?
- I was most nervous when Fox 5 said they were sending someone down to cover the story. Everything was cool about being in public in a bikini but on TV! WOW. That was another level.
- Tell me about that morning – what exactly did you do when you got to Dupont Circle?
- The morning in Dupont was incredible calm and wonderful. I think I’ve been building up to that day for a long time so I’m finally at a place where I love myself just the way I am. I LOVE my body…all of it. So when I got to Dupont I took my cover up off in the first 20 seconds and felt great.
- How were you received?
- Great! The response was amazing. About 30 people gathered and wanted to know what I was doing…everyone was supportive, loving, and talked about their own body image issues.
- Did you notice a difference in how men and women received you?
- It was interesting how many men shared their body image issues. That is what surprised me. Being a woman, I knew the women could understand but when the men came up and opened up I was blown away.
- As the morning went on, how did you feel?
- Amazing. Just the support and being in the moment. I was so aware and just giving myself a moment to appreciate how far I’d come. That was powerful. I kept getting more and more comfortable so when Fox 5 started rolling the camera I was truly present.
- Now that you’ve had some time to process, what do you think you learned from that morning?
- I LOVED it! I want to do it again. With all of you joining me. I’m thinking of doing one end of August on the National Mall. So many people have come forward since I wore the bikini with their own stories about body image struggle…that’s what I’m all about. We can do it together. I want to have 200 people on the National Mall in swimwear LOVING their bodies.
- What advice would you give to someone who is experiencing body issues?
- Start a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the practice of being present, acceptance, love, and kindness. When you begin to treat yourself with love and kindness amazing things happen. You no longer care as much about being criticized or what people think. This takes time so be patient. We have great resources in the DC and a lot of them are free. Check out the Meditation Insight Community of DC. They do some amazing work.
- Anything else you’d like to add?
- Thank you for covering this story…I really believe that as a society we are on the cusp of getting away from photo shopped unrealistic bodies to a place of celebrating the real.
Wow. I am so inspired by hearing Sarah’s story. Body image issues are real and I think it’s fantastic that Sarah is using her platform to bring some light to issues that so many of us can relate to. I think we can all relate to the same struggles Sarah discussed and to be honest, I can’t imagine standing in Dupont Circle on a regular morning wearing just a bikini. You can follow Sarah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and of course over at her blog.
So, would you ever pull a Sarah? Do you wear bikinis? I might when she does it again – and I’ve worn bikinis (for better or worse) for years!