Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine
In a day and age where Instagram filters designed to make you look perfect are super popular, celebrity wardrobe stylist Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins is inspiring women to embrace who they really are.
The fabulously voluptuous WE tv star and sister-stylist of GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Mary Mary uploaded a filter-free swimsuit photo to her Instagram page.
“No filter. Just Goo! No suck in apps. No de-cellulite apps. Just Goo! Take me as I am!” wrote the host of Goo Ru Style, a web series about all things fashion.
Rocking a black and yellow two-piece while soaking up some sun, Atkins encouraged followers to live a life full of love, happiness and self-acceptance with hashtags, “#Live,” “#Love,” “#HaveFun,” “#AcceptYOU.”
Though the post received some backlash from body-shamers and legalistic Christians that think showing skin is a sin, the sibling of Tina and Erica Campbell was quick to shut down criticism.
In response to a commenter who said, “Sorry Goo Goo but what about the God you are suppose [sic] to be representing?” suggesting that her swimwear was inappropriately revealing, Atkins wrote, “So a bathing suit is a sin? This is sexual? How do Christians swim?”
Atkins continued, “You're not my leader or spiritual advisor so even in the event that I step out of line it is your duty to pray for me not to publicly come to my page and point out what you consider a ‘sin’. That is a very religious act that is reflective of The Pharisees that had a problem with Jesus and His grace. YOU are religious NOT godly.”
With thousands of likes (more than 19,000 at the time of writing) and hundreds of comments (almost 600)—mostly positive—the curvy Christian fashionista has far more support than criticism, with more than a few expressing appreciation for the positive message of self-love.
A supportive commenter told Atkins, "Thank you my sister for this. You're helping a lot of us to accept ourselves as we are....beautiful!"
If you love fashion and need help piecing together looks, check out Goo Ru Style on WE tv's YouTube channel.