She is candid about body positivity.
Bethenny Frankel posted an unfiltered photo of herself poolside in a tiny bikini with a message about body positivity and choosing “balance and happiness” over dieting.
‘Here is the unfortunate truth. I rarely exercise. I hate water. I prioritize sleep, but fail. I eat what I want, but I never eat,” Frankel, 51, wrote on Instagram last Friday. “I run like crazy with endless energy…”
The “Real Housewives of New York City” alum said she’s in better shape now than when she was dieting and exercising “endlessly” in her 20s and 30s.
†[I] was much heavier and generally less happy with my physical appearance,” she recalled.
The podcast host “Just B” went on to say that her body isn’t perfect, but she’s happy with her flaws.
“I have good skin, but I’m flabby in places and I’m thin, but by no one’s standards I don’t have a significant muscle shape,” she wrote. “I choose balance and happiness and do the best I can. When I’m 90, I don’t want to have exercised anymore, that’s for sure.”
She concluded her post with the hashtags, “#noglam #nofilter #loveyourself.”
Fans applauded Frankel for encouraging her 2.6 million followers to embrace their natural beauty and reject the food culture.
“Your honesty is what makes you recognizable…never stop. From day one on TV I knew you would shine like no other. Will always be #teambethanny [sic] ❤️,” one person wrote in the comments.
“You are such a role model to me in every way! I aspire to be like you,” commented a second fan.
“and your honesty is why we love you B! Thanks for normalizing bodies in real life… we’re human, it’s time we all accept that and live like that x,” agreed a third.
However, others criticized Skinnygirl’s founder for suggesting that exercise is not important for leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Ridiculous statement!! you need exercise [sic] to keep your muscles strong, posture, bones, etc. when you are old it is more than important! Spend some time in a drug rehabilitation center before making statements like this!” one critic wrote.
“Yeah, but a little muscle will protect those nice bones as you get older,” commented another.
“However, strength training and weightlifting promote strong bones, especially as we age,” reiterated another netizen.
Other fans replied that Frankel has been known to practice yoga over the years.
The former reality star shares 12-year-old daughter Bryn with ex-husband Jason Hoppy. She is engaged to Paul Bernon.