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    Love Your Beautiful Bikini Body!

    Summer has officially begun! With summer comes vacation, warm weather and swimsuit season. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, but sometimes it can be dreadful for teen girls.

    Magazine covers in the checkout line bombard us with headlines that read, “Best and Worst Bikini Bodies!” We are shown images of celebrities looking perfect. Seeing these types of images can tear a girl down by suggesting that she’s not fitting the Hollywood image.

    Seventeen is one example of a magazine that gives advice on how to get a perfect beach body in weeks. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy or looking good in a bikini, it’s best to try not to get too caught up with looking perfect. As Nicole has showed us in some of her articles, many of the ‘perfect’ images we see of celebrities are manipulated to look that way.

    Obsessing about your image can lead to some very serious issues, including an eating disorder. Rather than focusing on looking perfect, it’s better to focus on how beautiful you already are. Rather than spending your summer dreading how you might look in your swimsuit, jump into the water and enjoy your summer! You are only young once!

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    Corrina Jean grew up in Pennsylvania and dreamed of traveling. Over the past three years she has had the opportunity to live in Virginia, California and Japan. She is a student at Liberty University and is pursuing her English degree. She contributes pop culture articles for the Examiner at Examiner.com. Writing is her passion and she uses her talent to bring to light the negative influence that the media can have on young girls.

    78 COMMENTS

    1. I agree that you shouldn’t be insecure with your body because, after all, God did give it to you, but you do need to be modest. I usually wear a cute tankini and swim shorts, so im being modest but at the same time i’m highlighting my good features!

    2. I do not think that bikinis are immodest. Unfortunately my mom does, and so I wear tankinis. When I graduate I will wear a bikini but not for rebellious reasons. I have 2 thoughts about bikinis vs. one pieces. Most one pieces/tankinis are so tight that they show your shape just as well as a bikini, and also I think that guys will often be attracted to girls in a swimsuit no matter what you wear. There’s not really anything you can do about that.

      • I am not trying to be offensive in my opinion but how can a bikini NOT be inmodest? it highlights the two MOST sexual parts of your body, your bust and your ‘baby-making parts’A bikini is like wearing your underwear in public and personally I would never do that. My thoughts and reasons for wearing a one piece/tankini vs. a bikini is that I try to respect my brothers in Christ by covering up skin that was made for only your future husband to see. I didnt always think like this, and trust me its not always easy to give up the trends of the world but it feels SO much better.

        • I disagree to the rhetorical question you posed (“…how can a bikini NOT be immodest?”). The word modest means ” dressing or behaving so as to avoid impropriety or indecency.” The whole point is not to be stumbling block for our brothers, to allow people to see God shine through our personalities and to not be deceived by our flesh, AND to put God first… I think the question of whether bikinis are immodest by default is up to the individual. I like bikinis because honestly, sometimes they look more modest on ME (hard to explain) than one pieces. I like bandeau bikinis that do not show cleavage or side-age. As for bottoms, I like them best high-waisted or in a skirt style… but I agree with the rest of what you said… 🙂

    3. The title of this article, “Love your Bikini Body,” isn’t promoting bikinis. It talks about Seventeen’s articles on how to get a perfect bikini body, as in being healthy and fit. She is saying you should love your body, but used Bikini Body because it was in the magazine.

    4. I wear a rashguard with running shorts for swimming. That is the ONLY swimsuit I feel comfortable and modest in. Of course not being cute is NOT an option!! 😉 I’m naturally super conscious about my body. But not conscious in a bad way… Bye!

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