Helena Christensen “It’s really intimidating…”

intimidating to go on the beach in a  bikini

I came across this quote from Danish fashion model and photographer Helena Christensen. “It’s really intimidating to go on the beach in a bikini.” Now she is also a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. You’d think she’d would be use to wearing a bikini with no problem. If someone like that can be intimidated wearing one to the beach, then guess I shouldn’t feel too bad with my struggles to break out the swim brief. Yes, she is going to be under a microscope and being judge more than I would be. Still being a lone guy in a swim brief at the beach can be pretty intimidating.

With my limited public swim brief experience, I for the most part felt less intimidated once I was down to my swim brief. Though none of the times was at a busy beach or pool. Now getting down to the swim brief was/is always the biggest struggle. I’m always looking for the right moment for the reveal instead of just doing it once at a spot. Or just wearing it from the car to the beach like people suggest. I’ve been told it gets easier as you keep doing it, but still hasn’t for me. Much easier in my mind then when I get to the beach.

It is a bit surprising that it is intimidating for a women to wear a bikini. Especially one that was a model. I know self-consciousness can get the best of all of us, but at least it is pretty normal for a female to sport a bikini at the beach or pool. Would make life a lot easier for me if swim briefs were the norm around here for guys. I know I can’t let that stop me from wearing what I want. Here’s to beating the intimidation and continuing to chip away at it this summer.

15 Responses

  1. John says:

    You’re not alone in your fear and intimidation, but think of how many other guys feel the same way? Be confident in yourself and be a trend setter. We’re a species that tends to follow the herd.
    If other guys see you in a brief and confident in it they might be encouraged to do it as well. I had the same fears, but honestly no one really pays that much attention. I’ve found the best way to do it is to wear your brief under your shorts, get yourself to your spot on the beach, lay out your towel or chair and off come the shorts. I think people are more accepting of this mode rather than jumping out of the car in your brief as this can be seen as showing off. Just my thoughts, but it’s worked for me for years.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi John…I agree that removing the shorts at the spot you set up does seem more natural. Would be the route I’d take. I start out confident, but it starts to dissipate as I get closer to the beach! Will keep working on keeping it up.

  2. T says:

    There will always be people ready to criticize someone as beautiful and as near perfect looking as the former supermodel Helena Christensen. When you are bestowed with such a title,you really are on a hiding to nothing,and rest assured,the slightest imperfection will be magnified and commented on.I can totally understand why she would find it intimidating to wear a bikini in public.
    If everyone who has even the slightest negative feelings about stripping down to their swimsuits in public decided to cover up,there would be very few near naked bodies on show.Thankfully,the majority of us are seemingly able to overcome our genuine fear of possible ridicule at the hands of others,and bare as much or as little as we please.
    I will admit that I do feel body conscious when I see the tanned,well built,speedo clad physiques of the Italian men at my regular holiday destination,but it doesn’t bother me to the extent that I feel the need to cover up in baggy boardshorts and t-shirts.
    I don’t see the day when wearing swim briefs will become the “norm” in places like America and the United Kingdom,so it looks like you’ll have to move to Southern Europe to get your wish,BD.

    • I don’t think they’ll become the norm either. Would be nice, but would be really high hopes. Still nice to dream. I do believe there are some areas of the US that you can go and not be the only swim brief wearer. Unfortunately none close to where I live, but I know I just need to wear what I want and not be one of the herd.

  3. E.J says:

    I would love to strip down to a g string thong at the beach but no beach around me to do it, so I’m confined to the backyard when sunbathing

    • W W says:

      Same here E.J, I would love to strip down to a string bikini or thong, or even a men’s version of a cheeky bikini anyplace I swim, but only in my backyard too.

  4. T says:

    I recently posted an account of meeting a thong wearing Italian guy while on holiday there last month,and I said I would relate some speedo wearing stories in due course…………
    I have noticed some of your recent contributors have said how much they would love to visit a beach where they could wear a bikini brief,speedo or the ultimate goal,a THONG!!!! without fear of ridicule and negative comments. All of this,and more,can be achieved on the beautiful island of Sicily.
    It’s probably true to say that a lot of Italian men are keen on keeping in good shape and are not shy about showing off the results in public. I saw lots of men,from teenage to pensionable age,wearing speedos and bikini briefs,and not just on the beaches. I’ll admit to doing a double take at the guy I saw stepping off a busy bus in the main street with his wife and two children,clad only in a skimpy pair of black swim briefs with the words Calvin Klein displayed on each butt cheek. The jogger who ran past me in the street wearing a red swim brief also comes to mind,and I couldn’t help wondering where the guys in their skimpy swim briefs, queuing at the roadside food stalls,kept their money.
    Yes chaps! If you want to go to a place where you can wear a speedo on public transport,on a motorbike,in a supermarket,walking in the street etc,and where you can buy swim briefs with your groceries,then Sicily is the place to be.

  5. EJ says:

    Maybe another option is clothing optional beach-wearing a g string I’d be overdressed

  6. EJ says:

    20yrs ago my wife & I and another couple went on a cruise to Caribbean-we went to a beach on St Martin French side-beach was crowded, but next to it a quieter beach turns out it was a nudist resort.They didn’t kick us out it seemed normal my 1st and so far last time at a nude beach.I was wearing a string bikini under my trunks- I would’ve lost the trunks if we weren’t with another couple and beached in a skimpy bikini

  7. EJ says:

    Some guys were wearing g strings- maybe not so intimidating if others doin it too

  8. RT says:

    Next week I’ll be going to the beach. I will hopefully be wearing a thong. Still intimidating as I’m sure that once I get there won’t have the courage to remove my shorts in front of the crowd. I’ll go to my far away spot and even there I’ll be looking around many times just in case someone gets close. I may post a picture.

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