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NAVIGATING BATHING SUIT SEASON

BODYSummer means: backyard barbecues, July 4th celebrations, no school, free time, reuniting with camp friends, and so many other joyful, carefree occasions. But summer can also mean: pool parties, beach days, and feeling uncomfortable in a bathing suit.

Starting around middle school, there can suddenly be a lot of pressure to show some skin by the water, and you may notice friends, classmates, or camp buddies lounging around in bikinis at the beach. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear one too. If you try on a bikini and your instinct is to keep your arms crossed in front of your stomach, that’s probably a pretty good indicator that you feel uncomfortable. And don’t force yourself to wear something that doesn’t make you feel like your best, most relaxed summer self!

You’re not alone if summer—and its typical uniforms—bring with it some body image issues. But rather than leaning into that discomfort, shop around for a bathing suit that feels like it shows off the things you love about yourself. Pick out a one-piece in a color that highlights your beautiful blue eyes, or a strapless suit that shows off your great shoulders. By doing that, you’re basically flipping the script on how you view yourself, and feel about your body.

But anyone is allowed to wear anything! Flipping through magazines, it can be easy to think that you need a certain type of physique to “pull off” a certain style, and that’s simply not true. If you think you look good, you do. The most important thing to remember in the summer is: the only thing you need in order to have a “beach body” is to be a person with a body who goes to the beach.