Say Hello to Nikki Prendergast! Nikki is here to assist you big-busted babes in finding a suit that supports and compliments your frame.
For more tips and tricks for your shape be sure to check out our Fit Specialist page!
Check out Nikki’s full Fit Specialist video below for behind the scenes footage from the shoot!
1) Tell us a little bit about your background? Where’d you grow up, how’d that area shape you AND what drove you to start blogging?
I grew up in a small town in Louisiana called Thibodaux where family and friends and food and fun are everything and fashion and the pursuit of that flawless figure take a bit of a backseat. And it was the perfect way to grow up. About ten years ago I moved to Los Angeles and attended fashion school at FIDM, which was quite a change of scenery. After graduating, I worked in the world of fashion public relations for a couple of years before hopping to the other side of the fence and starting my blog in 2011.
2) Do you think social media has impacted body image? If so, do you think it’s a positive or negative impact?
I think social media has DEFINITELY impacted body image, but I’m on the fence whether it’s positive or negative. I think it’s a little bit of both. Yes, there are a ton of beautiful, retouched photos out there depicting these seemingly unattainable standards, but there are also a ton of influencers, brands, and women in the world of social media who focus on sharing real, body-positive messages. Before social media, it was print magazines, runways, and TV shows. At least now, we all have a voice.
3) Have you ever had to redefine your perceptions about beauty? If so, what did you do?
I think over the years I’ve just had to learn that my blog photos and Instagram shots are not always going to be perfect, and that’s OK. I think my readers can sometimes relate more when there’s a hair (or 37) out of place, a partial bra strap showing (oops), or some less-than-toned swimsuit photo.
4) How would you define beauty?
I don’t know if I could really define beauty in general, but as it pertains to my own life, I’d say beauty is when I feel comfortable and confident in my own skin.
5) You’ve mentioned being fearful of swim shopping yet, you’re rocking all types of swim now…how’d you overcome this?
I really do think that brands like Swimspot have listened to shoppers just like me and broadened their sizes and selections. Years ago, it seemed like my only options when swim shopping were tiny triangle bikinis or one-piece suits that felt so stuffy and beyond my age. It left me constantly frustrated, and I ended up having to pay so much for one little suit that fit. Now, the options are endless with hidden underwire suits, bigger cup sizes, and one-pieces that are both functional and fun.
6) What was your most memorable moment of the SwimSpot photoshoot?
I’d say it was just connecting with all of the other girls (who were so much fun), learning a bit about their backgrounds, and hearing all the different perspectives on body confidence and swim styles. I also tried on a few suits during the photoshoot that I normally would have never tried and loved them. It just goes to show, you can’t always judge a suit by how it looks on the hanger.
7) What would you say to other women who just can’t think to wear swim?
We’ve all got different parts of our bodies that are our “problem areas”, and mine usually depend on whether last night was a pizza and vino kind of night. #cheers But it helps to remember that everyone is probably going through the same thing. If we all just get out of our own heads and focus on our favorite parts, positivity would surely follow.
8) If you could have lunch with one historic figure, who would it be and why?
Hmmmm, Jackie Kennedy, final answer, with the sole hope that after lunch I could take a little tour of her closet.
9) How do you FEEL after watching a commercial, movie, or advertisement that portrays flawless models or actresses?
You know, I’m not gonna lie – I don’t really have a problem with companies using flawless models and actresses in their ads and promos because I think many of those “flawless” women sacrifice and work really hard for it. I think discriminating against them is just as bad as discriminating against anyone. At the end of the day though, that “flawless” lifestyle certainly doesn’t fit with my lifestyle (#tacos), so I definitely applaud the companies who embrace the curvy, less-than-flawless bodies as well. I think it’s always great to have a good mix of gals represented.
10) Do you have a mentor? If so, who and how have they helped you navigate life’s challenges?
Well I’ve never really thought of the term mentor, but my parents cover that role, hands-down. My mom is like the perpetual, positive cheerleader, and anyone reading this who knows her, knows that this is true. She’s got a sunny outlook on pretty much anything and thinks that there’s nothing more powerful than your own mind. If you think you can, then you can – an important lesson for anyone really. And my dad, well he’s the cool, calm, collected advice-giver. I’ve definitely learned from him that when something is driving me nuts or seems impossible, to take a step back to really evaluate the situation. Is this person, campaign, job, etc. really worth my sanity? Or is it time to peacefully take another path? He’s also a lesson in patience, which we’ll just say has never been my strong point.
For more swimwear tips and tricks from Nikki for a larger bust & slimmer hips silhouette check out her Fit Specialist page!
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