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The Block back to bikini bombshel

Media images of the ‘body beautiful’ make women feel question their looks and lose confidence in themselves, research suggests.

A study found they feel worse about their bodies when shown pictures of bikini or fashion models.

They made them feel most conscious about their own stomach, followed by their overall weight, then waist, overall appearance and muscle tone.

Next, they evoked negative emotions about their legs, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms and breasts.

Women who viewed bikini/fashion model images showed more interest in dieting and exercising to lose weight compared to those shown pictures of women in paintings or products.

Nearly half said the photos made them feel too embarrassed to wear a swimsuit in public.

‘Our results show that seeing slender and bikini-clad models had an immediate and direct impact on how women feel about their own bodies – and that impact was mostly negative,’ said lead author David Frederick, assistant professor of health psychology at Chapman University in California.

‘Our findings highlight the important wholesale bikinis role of media in shaping women’s feelings about their bodies.

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Liz Hurley looks incredible in a red bikini in playful photo from her Maldives holiday

Clearly still lusting after the sunshine in the Maldives, the 52-year-old actress and model shared yet another snap of herself clad in a swimsuit, enjoying the sun.

Taking to one of her Instagram accounts, Liz posted a photo of herself floating in the crystal clear Indian Ocean.

Presumably still longing for the sunshine and balmy weather, the Austin Powers star treated her 93,000 followers to a sunny snapshot.

Sporting a chic red bikini from her own Elizabeth Hurley Beach collection, the star showed off her incredible figure.

Before returning to the UK for Bonfire night, the British star had been enjoying a long sunny break in the Maldives.

The 52-year-old landed in London ahead of Bonfire night, when she attended the Paddington 2 premiere with her son

Liz has been enjoying an Autumnal break from the bad weather at home, jetting out to the exclusive resort in the Indian Ocean at the end of last month.

Keen to showcase her skills as a designer, the Basingstoke native has uploaded a number of shots of her enjoying the hot weather in her latest beach wear collection.

It’s not all been self-promotion and tan time on the island though, as Liz has also been spending some quality time with her son, Damian.

The proud mother couldn’t help but gush about her only child in the post, which saw them cuddling up to one another on the beach, calling him her “sonshine”.

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Ashanti Responds to Allegations About Damaged Swarovski-Covered Bikini

In response to the allegations that designer Aiden Euan made against Ashanti and her team, the singer has issued the following statement:
“When my stylist pulled the beautiful crystal bathing suit that I wore in the commercial initially we were told we could purchase it. We were not informed by the designer that the suit could not get wet OR had body makeup restrictions. After seeing the BTS pictures of Ashanti all of a sudden he wanted the bathing suit back. We have written correspondence with the designer asking if we could have it cleaned before we returned it. He declined stating he had a special soap to hand wash it with and went to the media instead. He did not contact Management until Friday the week of the commercial release. He was paid within hours on Friday night. Now he has the bathing suit and the money.”
Previously: Ashanti wore a custom Swarovski crystal-embellished bikini to shoot her latest Ciroc campaign — but now, she’s under fire for reportedly trying to return the garment in horrific condition, Oh No They Didn’t reports. The bikini was created by small designer Aidan Euan who, as it seems, has been trying to get in contact with the singer and her team for some time, and to no avail.
In images that have since been removed from the designer’s Instagram, Aidan posted photos of the damaged garments, writing of his efforts to contact her team and the lack of response he claims he received. He acknowledged that he “tried the professional approach” but, with no reply, he said he was forced to take to social media. The designer added that “It is unfair for small online business owners like myself to keep quiet and stay in fear of ruining one’s reputation and losing possible ‘clients.’”

In images that have since been removed from the designer’s Instagram, Aidan posted photos of the damaged garments, writing of his efforts to contact her team and the lack of response he claims he received. He acknowledged that he “tried the professional approach” but, with no reply, he said he was forced to take to social media. The designer added that “It is unfair for small online business owners like myself to keep quiet and stay in fear of ruining one’s reputation and losing possible ‘clients.’”

Also in his post, the designer explained the craftsmanship that went into the bikini (that has also been spotted on Kim Kardashian in the past). The piece of swimwear is handmade, taking 16 hours of labor and more than 6,000 hand-placed Swarovski crystals. It retails for $700 on the designer’s website. Though the bikini was pulled as a sample for this particular shoot, it’s reportedly not in any condition to be lent to another photoshoot again, which means that the value that it once had is no longer. There is no statement from Ashanti or her team on the matter yet, but stay tuned for updates.

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The Internet Is Obsessed With This Hilarious Mom’s Bikini Karaoke

When UK-based comedian and mother of one Riona O’Connor, 36, realized all she had to do to get a bikini body was to put a bikini on, she decided to make up for the lost time she’d spent agonizing over her figure: Wearing a two-piece swimsuit, she reimagined hit songs, like Beyonce’s “Crazy Right Now” and Lady Gaga’s “Beautiful,” in an epic parody catered to “bikini fearing, cellulite despairing, wobble embracers to dare to jiggle,” according to the caption of her Facebook video. The clip was posted on Wednesday morning and has already received more than 282,000 views:

In the video, Riona wears her two-piece suit to Tesco (a popular grocery store in the UK) on the street, in the car, at the playground, at a bar, and at the beach. “I have never ever felt comfortable or confident in any swimwear, not to mention a bikini, so this video is a way to really challenge myself and other women to change the perception of what a bikini body means,” she says of her decision to take on body image in a video. “I decided to put my money where my mouth was, and really push myself to accept the body I come in, wobbly bits, jiggly bits, and all.”

Although she says starring in the video was fun, she found it difficult to edit the footage, since she was forced to face every angle of her body including “lots of belly rolls flying around the screen, lots of my back fat undulating like the ripples in a pond, my cellulite thighs roaming around a much bigger circumference than I’d like,” as Riona wrote in an Instagram post.

But the experience ultimately left her feeling empowered: “I found as I continued the edit it got easier and easier. Like exposure therapy,” she explains. “What I was so appalled at in the beginning became normal and 100-percent acceptable by the end! Not scary or ugly or weird.”

The video has racked up hundreds of grateful comments from women who can relate to Riona’s inspiring lyrics, which include, “Your belly size is not your worth,” and “I don’t care what size I measure, I just wanna eat my cheddar.”

“I have been told I am brave for doing it,” wholesale bikinis Riona says of the response. “I don’t believe I should be called brave, I think showing my body or any body should just be normal, no big deal.”

The comedian’s approach, it seems, is contagious. In the comment section of her Facebook video, one woman wrote, “Going to steal some of your confidence for myself!”