Mindy Kaling Discusses Her New Swimwear Collaboration: ‘I’m Feeling Really Confident in My Body These Days’ (exclusive)

The actress, producer, and mother of two have just released a “bold and empowering” collection with Andie Swim. If you’re one of Mindy Kaling’s 6.5 million Instagram followers, you’re aware of how much the actress, producer, and mother of two enjoy dressing up. The photographs she posts of herself dressed in everything from couture gowns to contemporary little dresses receive a flurry of comments, including many fire emojis from her celebrity pals such as Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Garner.

She’s now sharing her newest fashion obsession: a 33-piece collection of swimming suits, bikinis, and cover-ups co-designed with the swimwear brand Andie. Here, she explains why the line is so important to her and how she truly feels about all the body discussions.

“I’ve been a fan of Andie Swim for years,” Mindy Kaling says. I’ve had six different bodies in the last five years [Kaling has two children, Katherine Swati, 5, and Spencer Avu, 2], and Andie has always been really flattering. So when they said they wanted to collaborate with me on this collection, I was overjoyed.”

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Mindy Kaling Discusses Her New Swimwear Collaboration: 'I'm Feeling Really Confident in My Body These Days' (Exclusive)

“It’s not like you become a mother and give up on looking cute and sexy and all you want to wear is a modest navy bathing suit,” Kaling says. I don’t need a swimming suit with a skirt. These pieces make me feel young and carefree because they’re not too revealing, provide support where it’s needed, and have beautiful colors. I’m not the type of person who looks good in every item of apparel. I am voluptuous and have large thighs, so this collection is ideal for me.

And I think a lot of women will enjoy it for themselves.”

“There is a daffodil-colored one-piece — and I know not everyone feels comfortable wearing a yellow bathing suit — but it is the most flattering cut,” Kaling says. Then there’s a dress and some very adorable shorts and cardigans in this incredibly textured, almost tweed-like material that’s just stylish.”

“When you say it like that, it makes me feel even hotter!” Kaling says. I’m feeling pretty secure in my physique these days, which is something I haven’t been able to say in my entire life. And I truly appreciate how quickly I can get dressed in the morning. It doesn’t take me long to get ready, which I appreciate. And I’m feeling fantastic.”

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Mindy Kaling Discusses Her New Swimwear Collaboration: 'I'm Feeling Really Confident in My Body These Days' (Exclusive)

“I know people are really interested in the changes in my body, and I think it’s flattering, but it can be a little much at times, so I try not to tune into it,” Kaling says. The truth is that I spend a lot of time and effort trying to stay healthy. Every week, I run or hike 20 miles and lift weights.

It’s a significant commitment for me. “I basically live in workout clothes in order to get it in.”

“I’m going to Montana with my family in August,” Kaling says. And, once again, I enjoy running and hiking and doing so there will be a lot of fun, especially since the kids can go horseback riding and swim in the rivers.” The Mindy x Andie line is available on AndieSwim.com and ranges in price from $52 to $128.