“When you say you’re being brave, what you’re implying is you are doing something you probably shouldn’t be doing,” the Florida-based fashion blogger tells PEOPLE. “I know so many people who are doing actual brave things in this world that mean something much deeper, and I want to emphasize that me getting in a swimsuit shouldn’t be perceived as brave.”
Kane – who is the creative director for the plus-size fashion line Cool Gal Blue – was inspired to post her swimsuit shot on Facebook after a well-meaning friend said, “Wow, I wish I was brave like you,” in reaction to posting the photo.
“I’ve been told how brave I am for not having a coverup, but going with out a wrap would only take bravery if I cared what others thought of me, but I don’t,” she captioned the post, which now has over 590,000 likes. “I spend my time worrying about things I CAN control and this day, I was only thinking about how fab I felt and how much sun I was catching.”
The SKORCH Magazine owner has been surprised by how much this particular post has resonated with people.
“I’ve been in the body positive movement for over 10 years now so I’ve done a lot of these kind of posts, and it’s amazing that it’s struck such a cord within people,” she says. “I’m just truly speechless.”
Kane hopes her post helps people to put things in perspective, and focus on the more important things in life.
“It’s much easier to go about your day, put on clothes, feel good about yourself, and not care about what so-and-so thinks about how you look when you put in perspective how short our life is, how we have one little moment on this planet, and to cherish every second of it,” she says. “I would hope that [people who see the post] would put into perspective what life is all about.”