Baywatch star Donna D’Errico is defending her choice to rock bikinis at 54 in a new Instagram.
In the post, the actress poses in a pink string bikini on her coffee table.
“I can actually wear and do literally whatever I want,” she wrote.
Donna D’Errico’s Baywatch days may be behind her, but her bikini-donning days certainly aren’t—no matter what haters have to say about it. The actress, 54, recently shared a sultry swimsuit shot to let critics know that she will happily rock two pieces regardless of her age.
In the post, D’Errico squats on her coffee table wearing a light pink string bikini. And in the caption, she explains the backlash she received on Independence Day after sharing a video in which she danced to “God Bless the USA” wearing an American flag-printed suit.
“Quite a few women complained about the 4th of July video I posted in a red white & blue bikini because they thought I was ‘classier than that’ and ‘too old to wear a bikini’ and, my favorite, ‘desperate,'” she wrote. “Let me tell you something that might surprise you. I can actually wear and do literally whatever I want. On that note, here is me in a bikini squatting on a coffee table ❤️.”
Fans and followers were happy to see D’Errico stand up for herself, and showered the star with support. “Women should be supporting other women, not tearing them down! Wear what makes you happy. You look amazing 🙌 get it girl!” one person commented. “Gorgeous and F anyone who tries to tear you down. You look incredible period ❤️,” another added.
“Jeeeez people really are messed up. You are absolutely GORGEOUS 🔥🔥🔥🔥,” someone else wrote.
D’Errico has previously opened up about how she’s often told she looks great “for her age,” and she doesn’t find the compliment as flattering as it’s intended. “I just feel like I’m more than that,” she told FOX News last year. “It doesn’t feel nice to hear somebody say, ‘You look great for your age’ or ‘You still look amazing.’ Why not just say, ‘Wow you look amazing,’ and just move on? I think criticizing women based on their age is unfair. Men don’t face the same scrutiny and I don’t think they would like it either. But I know it’s not going to go away because it’s part of our culture.”
She added: “I understand it comes with the territory. And I understand that when you look at my social media, there’s that kind of stuff. But I think it’s very important for a lot of women, and for myself, to feel good about themselves. I like to look my best and I do that for myself. I don’t do it to be compared to other women or to be complimented. I don’t do it for those reasons. I do it for me.”
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