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OWN YOUR SHAPE
Yes, it is possible! The key? Celebrating your favorite assets in a suit that plays them up. We helped 10 women do just that. Get inspired by how awesome they look (no retouching involved) and start shopping.
(Center) Amoress Nylon-spandez-blend swimsuit, $190; nordstrom.com
(Right) Heidi Klum Swim Nylon-spandez-blend swimsuit, $190; heidiklumintimates.com
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Suzy Perez, Blogger
Show off your shape "I love to play up my curves! The deep V of this suit gives me extra oomph up top, and the floral print adds a feminine vibe."
Be nice "Sure, I have stretch marks and cellulite. But who doesn't?! Keeping that in mind has helped me embrace my body."—Suzy Perez, styledbysuzy.com
Seafolly Nylon-elastane swimsuit, $177; seafolly.com
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Carly A. Heitlinger, Blogger
Stay true to you "I've been focused on health and fitness, so I wanted to show off my hard work, but I'm also modest! This striped bikini is the perfect mix!"
Embrace the now "I'm always shocked to look back at high school photos where I remember feeling self conscious—I looked great! I try to remind myself of that now so it doesn't happen again."—Carly A. Heitlinger, thecollegeprepster.com
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Katie Sturino, Blogger
Get sporty "I like to show off my cleavage, but I'm also pretty active, so I need a suit that can be supportive and sexy. This zipper lets me do both."
Focus on you "I started accepting my shape when I stopped comparing myself to other people and just appreciated my own body for how amazing it is."—Katie Sturino, the12ishstyle.com
Timothy Snell for Always For Me Nylon-spandex swimsuit, $99; alwaysforme.com
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Patrice J. Williams, Blogger
Be bold "I adore the way bright colors look with my skin, so this two-piece is right up my alley. I also like how the bra top doesn't overpad my small chest."
Compliment yourself "I used to go to the beach and marvel at how amazing other women looked. Then I realized that if I was thinking that, maybe someone was thinking the same about me. And if I could compliment other women, why shouldn't I do it to myself?!"—Patrice J. Williams, lookingflyonadime.com
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Eve Kessner, SoulCycle Instructor and Holistic Nutritionist
Stay strong "Working in fitness, I try to speread the message that it's not about a number on a scale, but how you feel about yourself. I focus on being strong becasue that's a result of the work I put in. This suit is bright, fun and reflects how I feel inside."
Keep pushing "I wasn't always comfortable in my skin, but fitness helped me take control of that and find peace with my journey. Some days I look great, some days I feel great, btu I'm always motivated to keep striving for better."—Eve Kessner, SoulCycle instructor and Holistic Nutritionist, @evelynnkess
Triangl Neoprene and crochet bikini, $89 for the set; triangl.com
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Tyla-Lauren Gilmore, Hair Influencer
Flaunt it "My favorite thing about my body is my long, strong athletic legs. This one-piece shows them off, which makes me feel more confident!"
You do you "When I started embracing my natural hair texture, it had a bigger impact than I expected. I realized all parts of me—including my body—are beautiful just the way they are."—Tyla-Lauren Gilmore, @tylauren
Trina Turk Nylon-elastane swimsuit, $148; nordstrom.com
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Lexi Stout, Model
Try a hint of sexiness "My chest is small, and I like being able to wear a keyhole without worrying whether I'll slip out. The peekaboo is hot!"
Start slowly "I'll be honest, I don't always love my body—especially in a swimsuit. But I'm working on it. The first step: to stop hiding in boring black suits."—Lexi Stout, @thelexistout
Reaction Nylon-elastane swimsuit, $102; dillards.com
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Tiffany Diana, Blogger
Go full-on va-va-voom "I love my hourglass shape, and this number really shows it off. These sheer panels are everything."
Talk yourself up "I'm a believer in pep talks. When I get self-conscious, I just tell myself I look great. That kind of thinking is so uplifting."—Tiffany Diana, lovegreyskies.com
Kenneth Cole Polyester-elastane swimsuit, $123; lordandtaylor.com
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Christie Ferrari, Blogger
Experiment with a cool cut "I'm drawn to bikinis because they show off my abs and back. The halter neck on this feels more exciting than a typical triangle top."
Good vibes only "I think part of body positivity is just being posititve in general. When you have a sunny outlook on life, it bleeds into how you feel about yourself."—Christie Ferrari, christieferrari.com
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Audrey Williams, Blogger
Be a trendsetter "I heart that this suit incorporates an off-the-shoulder look! Plus, the high waisted bottom shows off my hourglass shape, which is my fave."
Look around "No one in my family is a size 2, so growing up and seeing how happy and wonderful th elives of size 12 women were taught me that there's no reason not to like the size I am."—Audrey Williams, lululinden.com
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