Shantal Monique shared on Friday a sweltering snapshot of herself in a teeny-tiny bikini with her 983,000 Instagram fans. The Playboy model paired the picture with a lengthy caption in which she opened up about her journey into finding and defining success on her own terms.
The post showed Shantal on a beach in the late afternoon, as the lighting showed the picture was taken at the golden hour. She was in a three-quarter pose, her front and right side facing the viewer. She took both of her arms behind her head, offering a full view of her incredible figure. The 30-year-old model shot a fierce gaze toward the horizon with her lips parted.
The former South African Playmate of the Year rocked a two-piece bathing suit in a red-hot color that complemented her golden blond hair. The top featured a triangle cut with spaghetti straps that tied behind her neck. The triangles were super-small, helping her display much of her famous cleavage, including a good amount of sideboob.
The Seattle native teamed her top with a pair of matching bikini bottoms with thin straps that sat high on her sides. The front of the bikini was low on her frame, helping accentuate her wide hips as they contrasted with her slender midsection and small waist. Shantal did not say where her swimsuit was from.Shantal wore her hair in a middle part and styled down in natural wavy strands. Her tresses fell down her back and over her left shoulder, coming to a rest on her chest. She wore liner and mascara -- which added extra depth to her gaze -- while she plumped up her lips with some gloss.
In her caption, Shantal described her failures, starting in childhood. She then explained that, after going through painful and difficult experiences, she learned how to adjust her mindset to focus on the things she wanted to change. She said that she was sharing this because she wanted to use her social media presence to spread positivity.
In just a few hours, the photo has attracted more than 31,900 likes and upward of 970 comments. Her fans used the comments section to thank her for her powerful message.
"Lovely to read a thoughtful and positive post," one user wrote, adding a praying-hands emoji at the end.
"You make my days better," replied another one, using a red heart and fire to illustrate the message.
"Failure is the tuition you pay for success. It's from a fortune cookie but it still resonates. Thank you for your words of encouragement," a third fan chimed in.