To beging with i am 5'9" and weight about 210. I dont look it but it is true. I never wore bikinis before because i was solid(not fat). About 3 years ago we were on 7 mile beach. I looked to my right and there was a women who weighed i would guess about 450 to 500 lbs and she was wearing a thong bikini. Wow what an eye opener. From that day forward i thought hey if she can do it i can do it better. I figure if you dont like the way i look dont look. Another thought is that i will never see you people again so i wear my bikini with confidence(and a little sucking in the belly haha). I think all it takes is confidence to feel great no matter what you look like. I figure on the ;inside i am 5'9" and weigh about 180 very curvy pounds.