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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!”

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Kim Kardashian Spent Her Birthday in a Bikini During a Utah Getaway

Kim Kardashian West added fuel to the adage that age is only a number as she spent her birthday clad in the tiniest black bikini—and she’s never looked better.

The reality star, who famously promised, “Nude selfies till I die,” was feeling herself as she enjoyed a “super low-key” celebration over the weekend while reminding fans that she’s looking great at 37.

After reaching the milestone on Saturday, the social media mogul couldn’t stop checking herself out as she took to Instagram stories to share two different Boomerangs of herself. In them she is lying down on a tanning bed and playing with her platinum hair while clad in the tiniest black string bikini

The hot mama, who is expecting her third child with Kanye West via surrogate, also looked to be enjoying other views, namely the stunning desert scenery surrounding the Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah.

The birthday girl shared several snaps of the stunning landscape, including one which she captioned, “Most relaxing bday trip! Amangiri.”

And while no celebratory cake was in wholesale bikinis sight (Kim K. took to her app to reveal that she was looking forward to Hansen’s cakes and “Khloe’s strawberry cobbler”), the Keeping Up with the Kardashians mainstay made a point of indulging in some special pancakes topped with berries.

 

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‘Bikini Grandma’ Says She Still Drives Around in Swimwear

Not many grandmothers have been caught in a situation like this one, who put on quite the spectacle when she was forced to take a roadside sobriety test while wearing only a bikini.

The video of the exam became a quick internet sensation since the 2015 incident, with her grandson in the back seat.

For the very first time since the arrest, Patricia Ebel is opening up about being forever identified as “bikini granny.”

It all started when she slammed her BMW into the back of a Mustang in Naples, Fla.

She was driving her grandson home after an afternoon on the beach and she says she had two glasses of wine over a five-hour period.

Police put her through a series of tests, including lifting her leg six inches off the ground, which she appeared to struggle with.

“I couldn’t do that on a normal day,” Ebel told Inside Edition. “I wear heels all the time.”

In the video, she is also seen playing with her hair, which led many to believe she was flirting with cops.

But she said that was not the case, adding that she was “just fluffing my hair. It was wet.”

As for the bikini, Ebel still has it, despite receiving several strange offers for the skimpy swimwear.

“I had offers to buy the bikini,” she said. “I had a marriage proposal from Malaysia. It just got crazy.”

She admits that she still drives around in a bikini, but now “with a cover-up.”

Ebel says she plans to auction off the bikini with proceeds going to a veterans charity.

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Can Vietjet President Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao generate sustainable growth past bikini-clad gimmicks?

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is the president and CEO of Vietjet, a budget Vietnamese airline firm that gained infamy after featuring airhostesses decked out in bikinis for inaugural flights.

After commencing its operations in 2011, Vietjet is now poised to surpass the national Vietnamese Airlines in passenger volume within the Southeast Asian nation. The carrier has managed to grasp 40% of Vietnam’s domestic market share.

The success earned her a net worth of $1.59bn (£1.23bn) and the 62nd spot on the Forbes Power Women list. She is also the second richest person in Vietnam, after real estate magnate Pham Nhat Vong, making her the richest woman in the Southeast Asian nation.

A Russian education and the creation of Sovico HoldingsNguyen Thi Phuong Thao received a Ph.D degree in Economic Cybernetics from the Mendeleev Institute. She also possesses a Bachelor of Finance and Credit from the Trade Institute of Moscow, and a Bachelor of Labour Management from the National Economics University of Moscow.

Phuong Thao’s fortunes were consolidated after she co-founded the conglomerate firm Sovico Holdings, whose investments extend to financial services, real estate, energy, and philanthropy. Her husband, Nguyen Thanh Hung, is the firm’s chairman. At present, Sovico Holdings possesses a registered capital of $53m.

Vietjet’s inaugural flightsThe success of Sovico Holdings was the first step in Phuong Thao’s ascent to becoming Vietnam’s richest woman.

“When my first son was only a few months old, I started to research the low cost carrier space,” Phuong Thao told CNBC.

“Then I spent the next 10 years researching aviation, meeting the CEOs of different LCC’s like Jetstar, Air Asia and Southwest Airlines.”

Vietjet was ultimately launched at the opportune moment when the Vietnamese government was allowing the entry of private business ventures into the airlines industry. The budget airline commenced its first flight in December 2011.

In the subsequent months, Phuong Thao adopted a novel method of generating a buzz around the company. Young and attractive women were appointed as air hostesses and made to wear bikinis on certain inaugural flights. While the act saw the airlines incur a penalty of $1,000 in the first instance, the publicity it created greatly contributed to Vietjet’s success. The flight crew also organised flash mobs and released music videos.

Phuong Thao does not necessarily view the tactic of employing scantily clad air hostesses as particularly sleazy or provocative. CNBC reported that in response to objections that the gimmick objectified women, the entrepreneur said, “In this world, there are a lot of beauty contests where the contestants wear bikinis in the competition. The bikini shows beautiful characteristics. Our message at VietJet is we did this for the benefit of beauty and happiness.”

Vietjet’s success amid the emergent budget airlines industryVietjet was able to reap the benefits of a burgeoning middle class bearing higher disposable income within the market. According to the CAPA Centre for Aviation, Vietnam was Asia’s fastest growing domestic market. Moreover, the frontier economy of Vietnam was one of the world’s fastest growing countries, with an annual GDP growth of 6.2% in 2016. By the beginning of 2017, Vietjet’s pre-tax profits rose by 91.6% year-on-year to $101.9m.

Vietjet has also managed to launch a successful IPO in February 2017, with the stock value surging by 20% during its debut on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. However, the budget airline’s fortune could still soar higher as it is in talks to become the first Vietnamese company to list its shares in a foreign market.

By March 2017, Vietjet owned 45 jets and offered 300 flights a day, which comprised of 63 domestic routes and over a dozen international destinations. The airlines had also managed to generate a valuation of over $1.8bn, surpassing the state-owned Vietnam Airlines in market capitalisation. Vietjet is set to expand further after placing orders for more than 200 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing.

However, the success of Vietjet should be viewed more cautiously. Despite the astounding success achieved in a remarkably short period of time, the airlines’ customer services and other operational methods may not be up to par with international quality standards.

Reviews of Vietjet on travel websites have been mediocre at best and terrible at worst. Aggregated customer reviews on Tripadvisor have awarded Vietjet a score of 3 out of 5, while Skytrax reviews have averaged to 4 out of 10. Based on current customer reviews, Phuong Thao’s ambition of making Vietjet the “Emirates of Asia” is still far from reality.

As the entrepreneur looks towards international markets, Vietjet’s business model can only go so far past provocative gimmicks. The company’s competitiveness against other popular budget airlines in the region, such as Air Asia and Cathay Pacific owned Dragon Air would be the true test of its ability to generate profits on a sustainable growth trajectory.

Trouble could also be brewing within domestic markets. The best way for Vietjet to improve its services would be through competition with other entrepreneurial entrants within Vietnam’s airlines industry. After Vietjet’s success as the first privately owned airlines firm in Vietnam, the government may look to liberalise the sector further.

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LOOK INCREDIBLE IN A BIKINI THIS SUMMER

There are few bloggers as synonymous with swimwear as Tash Oakley and her business partner/best friend Devin Brugman. The Australian Instagram stars have gained a cult following with ‘A Bikini A Day’ (3.2 million followers between them, and counting), which they’ve parlayed into a highly successful bikini label of their own, Monday Swimwear.

As Monday Swimwear’s newest collection, Paradise Found, drops, BAZAAR tapped Tash to answer all our burning pre-summer questions. Which bikini shape suits my body best? How do I feel confident at the beach? How does she get her body in summer-ready shape?

Here, Tash’s tried-and-tested beauty, style and general life philosophy on all things swimwear. If you’d like to catch up with the A Bikini A Day girls in person, Natasha and Devin will be hosting a pop-up for their new line at La Piscine in Sydney’s Darling Point on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, for an exclusive showing of their new Monday Swimwear line.

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Gymnast who confused vitiligo for tan lines and gave up her sport out of embarrassment embraces her skin by modelling in bikinis

A gymnast who gave up her sport out of embarrassment when she was diagnosed with vitiligo is now proudly baring her patchy skin in bikinis.

Dionne Lees, 21, thought the pigment-free patches that appeared around her eyes when she was 12-years-old were bad tan lines, caused by wearing sunglasses while out in the sun.

But after more white spots appeared, she consulted her doctor, who said she had vitiligo – a condition that affects one per cent of the world’s population.

In public, people asked her about her unusual patches and treated her like a ‘monster’, with parents pulling their kids away fearing she was contagious.

Dionne, a rhythmic gymnast, was too embarrassed to show her spots in leotards during competitions, eventually leading her to drop out – despite representing at the Commonwealth Games and international level.

Her hospital prescribed steroid creams and heavy make-up to cover her patches, which she wore until three years ago after discovering vitiligo model Winnie Harlow.

Seeing someone proudly embracing the condition helped her to appreciate the beauty in being unique and different, which has led her to now being comfortable in bikinis and skirts.

Dionne, a casino worker, said: “I was 12-years-old when my vitiligo first spot developed, I was in Lloret de Mar, Spain and I woke up with white patches on my eyes.

“They were two big circles of white and the rest of me was really tanned, I had been wearing sunglasses while lying in the sun so I thought must have been caused by that.

“People used to mock me, asking if I had worn sunglasses for many years or whether I was wearing fake-tan, being young and very insecure I would never wear anything revealing.

“I have had people scared of me due to fear of the unknown, parents people pulled their kids away like I was a monster and then others asked if I was burned in a fire.

“As a teenager, it started to bother me, I went to see a specialist who talked about make-up brands to cover my vitiligo.

“I used the make-up every day and then steroid creams for seven years every night before I went to bed in the hope it would make my vitiligo go away but it didn’t work.

“I stopped competing as a rhythmic gymnast, because I had to wear a leotard when performing, but after developing vitiligo I became insecure and struggled to show my legs.

“I would try to find tights to hide my white patches, but ultimately I quit and missed out on something I loved and a lot of opportunities because I didn’t want to show my skin.

“It wasn’t until seeing Winnie Harlow a couple of years ago that my perspective of vitiligo started to change.

“To discover there was a model out there with the same skin condition as me was a real wake-up call and I started to realise that being different is a good thing.

 

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Mel B flaunts her rock-hard abs in tiny blue bikini as she cosies up to ‘the love of her life’

She has escaped the dramas of her bitter divorce battle with estranged husband Stephen Belafonte with an idyllic trip to Hawaii.

And Mel B seemed to be reaping the rewards of her sun-drenched getaway, as she declared that she was ‘single and happy’ while sharing a series of carefree bikini snaps.

Cosying to the ‘love of her life’, hairdresser Gary Madatyan in her hotel room, the 42-year-old former Spice Girls star showcased her incredible abs in a skimpy blue two-piece.

Proving she was keen to make the most of the trip, the America’s Got Talent judge also shared a video of her and Gary clinking champagne glasses.

Letting fans know she was in great spirits despite her divorce woes, Mel declared that she was ‘finally free’ and during her first proper holiday in 10 years.

She wrote: ‘Yipppeeee goodmorning,my first proper vacation in 10 years,and it just keeps getting better and better

Mel, who is on the getaway with her three daughters – Phoenix, 18, Angel, 10 and Madison, six – and her mother Andrea Brown, revealed the trip has been a time to reflect.

Sharing a snap of the sea, she said the ‘pain and sadness’ she has endured have made her ‘stronger’.

‘As I lay in the ocean I say to myself I’m only stronger coz Ive had to be I’m only smarter coz of my mistakes,’ she wrote.

Meanwhile Gary shared a snap of bikini-clad Mel beaming at the camera as they lounged on some sun beds on a private beach.

The pair’s outing came after rumours of their apparent romance gained traction when she shared a snap of him kissing her neck in a seemingly intimate Instagram post.

Mel, who is embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with ex Stephen, said in the caption to the photo shared with her one million followers: ‘The love of my life, thank you for believing in me.’

Her followers were quick to speculate that things had become ‘official’ with the hairdresser in the steamy new social media selfie.

Tattooed entrepreneur Gary, who has been known to donate proceeds from his hair salon to aid charities for victims of domestic abuse, was filmed kissing Mel as they partied at an MTV VMAs after party in August.

Gary, who ran the now-closed Boom Boom & Beyond salon in Beverly Hills, has shared equally cryptic posts, including one with Mel from last week in which he wrote the caption: ‘With my love.’

Onlookers saw the pair lock lips during a boozy night out at Tao nightclub after the VMAs in August – but sources told DailyMail.com she purposely flirted and kissed Gary to distract the media from her affair with Beverly Hills policeman Ryan Lawrence, 32.

The source said: ‘Mel is good friends with Gary, he does her hair, so she decided to go for it in the nightclub to get some tongues wagging, nothing is going on between them romantically.’

The source added that Ryan and Mel have ‘got it all planned out’ and intend on going on holiday together ‘once the dust has settled’ in Mel’s divorce case and once he has left his wife.

It comes after a trying few months for the America’s Got Talent judge, who has accused estranged husband Stephen of ’emotional and physical abuse’ amid their divorce battle.

She has also claimed he had an affair with the German nanny Lorraine Gilles – both allegations that Stephen has staunchly denied.

In May, Mel was granted a restraining order against Lorraine, who she alleged had been harassing her.

She was also granted an order against Stephen in April, a month after she filed for divorce from the film producer following nearly ten years of marriage.

Mel alleged he had wholesale bikinis been physically abusive, blackmailed her, and got Lorraine pregnant during their relationship.