The photo you’re about to see will give you an uncontrollable urge to drop everything, pull on your swimsuit and hit the sand. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Like many – okay, basically all – Instagram users, Australian singer Casey Donovan couldn’t resist sharing a photo with her followers while hanging out at the beach earlier this week.
The best part? Unlike other celebrity beach shots, it wasn’t a carefully curated, artfully-posed, “Here I am gazing ponderously into the distance while my hair tumbles over my shoulders in professionally styled waves…” effort. It was just a genuine, spur-of-the-moment happy snap.
Here it is in full.
"I've never put up a full shot like that, ever," Casey, 26, told The Glow.
"I was at the beach the other day, and I've been going through this health kick and I was in a really happy place, and I said to my mate, 'Can you just take a picture?'
When she shared the photo on Instagram and Facebook, Casey also used the opportunity to share some words of wisdom from the one and only Ru Paul. "In the words of #RuPaul... Learn to love yourself, 'cause if you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" she captioned the image, adding hashtags like #bigbeautifulandsexy, #bighair and #plussizefashion.
"I wanted to put it out there to promote happiness, I guess, just being comfortable in your own skin. I just thought I'd post it and see what happened," the singer-songwriter says.
Now, as anybody with a smartphone and a wifi connection knows all too well, social media can be an unpredictable environment. Even when you're sharing something among friends, there's no telling what kind of response a post will receive, whether it's a swimsuit photo or a passing thought.
Some more pics from Casey's Instagram account:
Imagine, then, what it's like when you have an audience of thousands viewing your photos. Unfortunately, some people out there love wielding the anonymity afforded by the internet, using it to say exactly what they think about a woman's appearance or body - regardless of how cruel or demeaning those thoughts happen to be.