So far, fourteen million people have watched Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley rant about the perils of swimsuit season, and it's pretty easy to see why the Internet just can't get enough.
Hensley and Smedley, creators of the popular web series #IMomSoHard, posted the video to Facebook on Thursday. In it, they perfectly spell out the pressures women feel when putting on a swimsuit, the hardships particular to moms on the beach, and finally they offer up some surprisingly helpful encouragement to fellow mothers.
The pair starts off by pointing out how comfortable and practical men's swimwear is.
via: Facebook"I would golf in this," Hensley effused, while Smedley proclaimed, "This is more than I wore to the prom!" They go on to reenact all the ways the board shorts and tees are so much more functional than a bikini, allowing them to do regular beach activities like crouch down to get stuff out of a cooler without accidentally exposing themselves, a swimwear reality that's all too familiar to most women.
Not only are women's suits prone to embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions, but they just don't do much for most moms' egos.
via: FacebookHensley, like many of us, can't seem to shake a few unwanted pounds. Since her daughter is four years old, she laments, "I can't even call it baby weight anymore. Just call it weight." Being uncomfortable doesn't mean you get out of your parenting duties in the summer, though! She continues, "I do not feel confident in a swimming suit at all...but I am not going to let that get in the way of me building a moat." The popular modern styles of swimsuits don't help matters, either, no matter how many space-age materials they use. "I'm gonna look like I love cheese no matter what," Smedley says, "Because I love cheese."
To drive that point home, the friends put on a swimwear fashion show to point out the absolute horrors we ladies face in the dressing room as swimsuit season approaches.
via: FacebookIssues range from cutouts that make it look like you're "pressing something against a tennis racquet" to skimpy bottoms that don't even come close to covering the goods. Even the high-waisted styles are compared to post-pregnancy underwear, and while hospital mesh panties are universally loved by new moms everywhere, that does not mean they're a good poolside look. Throughout the video, the duo gives little bits of encouragement, like when Smedley reassures us that there's always somebody on the beach that everyone will be looking at instead of you; specifically, that "dude with a real hairy back."