Exploring Hawaiian Beach Culture
I was first introduced to minimal coverage bikinis when I went to Hawaii as a young adult. I spent about a month there when I was 17. I had no idea that the bikinis I was wearing actually were unflattering and immediately labeled me as a haole (aka foreign white girl).
However, I soon realized how my "normal" California bikini actually did look more like a diaper than anything... especially when it got wet. Despite this, I was shocked at how small the "normal" bikini bottoms that other girls my age were wearing in Maui and Oahu. I never thought I'd ever wear those tiny revealing bikinis under any circumstances.
I felt perfectly comfortable wearing my normal American bikinis, for the first few days until I finally gave in to just going and LOOKING at the bikinis at a local bikini shop. Next thing I knew, I was buying a tiny bikini.
It took some getting used to. I ended up buying a more conservative choice, but even that was about half as small as my normal bikini bottom. Not only that but wearing the minimal coverage bikini initially left me with the most awkward tan lines. Luckily, it didn't take too long to get my cheeks tan and my rear end looked a lot better in smaller bottoms.
Nowadays, I can't believe that I used to wear those unflattering diaper butt bikinis. I learned that change can be difficult and be showing off more skin than I was used to being shocking at first, but later empowering. Once I was used to the bottoms, I no longer felt exposed, but rather comfortable, confident, and sexy.