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12 Women's Swimsuit Confidence Boosters

  • The Nose Knows

    A spritz of her favorite perfume and Wen Zhou, 23, is set for the shore. "It makes me feel superconfident and sexy."

     
  • Body Language

    Any woman can wear a two-piece, says Maria Cecilia Mete, 25. "It's all about your body language."

  • Strike a Pose

    Maria Sollon-Scally, 34, never deletes beach photos because of how her body looks in them.

     
  • Accessorizing

    Great legs are 42-year-old Linda Crawford's best beach accessory, "although my husband says it's my butt!"

  • Own It

    "When you feel great, you own it," says Susie Quintana, 30, who would rather be a sculpted size 10 than an untoned 2.

     
  • Channeling Your Idol

    What's Kelly De Castro's approach to bikinis? "Play up my curves," says the 25-year-old, whose swimsuit idol is Jennifer Lopez.

  • Work It

    How does Laurie Leiner stay swimsuit confident? "I really work on my fitness," says the fifty­something avid swimmer.

     
  • Stay Positive

    Feeling good in a bikini is totally doable, Viktoria Schneider, 27, says: "Smile, keep your head held high, and focus on the things you like about your body."

  • Mix It Up

    Peyton Turner, 36, credits a mix of sit-ups, push-ups, squats, and "lots of water" with boosting her bikini bravery.

     
  • Beauty Tips

    "I don't dwell on all the better-looking women on the beach," says Melissa Morales, 25, a CrossFit regular. "I believe we're all beautiful."

  • Attitude in a Tube

    Running and yoga are key to 25-year-old Liz Prutting's bikini-ready attitude. "Lipstick doesn't hurt either!"

  • One Size Fits All

    Your size shouldn't stop you from going two-piece, says Cassandra Rosello, 23. "It's about the level of confidence you have when you wear it."

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2011

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