Plus-sized swimmers photography
EXTRA,  FEATURES,  June 2023

Changing perceptions of plus-sized swimmers

Rowan Clarke meets the photographer whose images of fat swimmers are changing perceptions

When you search Google Images for ‘wild swimmers’, points out photographer Antonina Mamzenko, your browser is filled with images of thin, young, white women leaping into water. These images are idealised.

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.