When author and blogger Jenny Trout made her New Year’s resolution in January to wear a two-piece bikini, her goal was not to lose weight.
Instead, Trout, a 33-year-old mother from Delton, Mich., told followers of her blog, Trout Nation, that “this isn’t a weight loss goal because I don’t intend to lose weight to achieve it.”
Trout held true to her resolution, posing last month in a floral two-piece bikini on the shores of Michigan’s Lake Superior.
“I thought that this would be a good way to show people that it is not as scary as it sounds,” Trout told ABC News. “Look, if I could do it, you could too.
“Doing this was a really big leap for me,” she said.
“The reason these people do not want to see a fat body in a bikini is because traditionally, that garment is something a woman earns by proving herself attractive enough to exist,” Trout wrote.
The blog received over 300,000 likes on Facebook and comments like, “She’s beautiful,” “She looks fantastic” and “Good for her.”
The post also had its critics, with one commenter writing, “Fat isn’t just a look..it’s unhealthy.”
Body-image expert and the founder of "Break Free Beauty" Sarah Maria says the conflicting viewpoints are not surprising.
“We live in a culture that is very judgmental about the size of your body,” Maria told ABC News. “When someone like Jenny says, ‘I can wear a bikini if I want to regardless of what people think,’ it sparks a lot of debate.”
Trout says she hopes her bikini experience is inspiring.
“If I could help someone push the limit, that would be the best thing in the world,” Trout said.