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7 real ladies get real about swimsuit shopping

Turns out you've already got a beach body.

7 real ladies get real about swimsuit shopping

Swimsuit shopping should be simple and fun, but for many women, it's anything but.

It's just one piece of fabric or, if you're more adventurous, maybe two little pieces. So picking out a swimsuit shouldn't be super complicated, right? But as these ladies reveal, less fabric doesn't mean fewer issues. Take a look:

For the ladies in the video (and most of the ladies I know), trying on swimsuits is awkward, emotional, and painfully funny.

Refinery29 asked eight women to share what goes through their minds when they're searching for the perfect bathing suit. Even though each woman was completely different, I found myself nodding in agreement with almost every one. Here are a few of their responses:


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"Uh it's too small, I look stupid, and my stomach's big and fat. And then you're just tired and you leave with nothing and you just feel like you wasted your life."


"Why is there nothing that fits me? Why is the lighting so bad? Oh my God, I have cellulite. I mean, I know I have cellulite, but I'm really good at forgetting I have cellulite."

Trying on swimwear requires taking an unfiltered look at your body. And that's not always comfortable.

While each of the ladies in this video had very different body types, one thing they all had in common was that little nagging voice that forces too many of us to pick ourselves apart.

"Some days you wake up like, 'Oh my God, I am bangin'.' Like, 'Thank God!' And then some days you wake up, and you're like, 'Ah well, turns out I'm a monster piece of garbage, and I didn't realize that.'"

"Wow. It looks like you have no chest."

But there's a way to fight that inner negative voice. You have to be your own cheerleader.

"That's why us plus-size bloggers we gotta be out here like, 'Girl, love your body!'"

"Don't be afraid to desexualize yourself if that's how you feel."

"I like my skin color."

That's right. Tell yourself how amazing you are.

Now, I'll be the first to admit, I can be extremely hard on myself too, especially when swimsuit season rolls around. And while it wasn't easy to hear these ladies criticize their bodies, it's important to remember that we're all human, which means we have good days and bad days on this journey to fully love ourselves.

In reality, we all already have a "beach body."

No matter your shape or what you end up rocking poolside or beachside, confidence is the one accessory you can't afford to leave home without. Oh, and sunscreen. Seriously, don't forget sunscreen.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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