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10 Striking Portraits Show Beach Life In Bangladesh

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    In the U.S., summertime magazine covers demand we get our "bikini bodies back" and offer tips for toning and dieting our way to a "presentable" beach bod. But global beach cultures are as varied as the people who visit them. To check out how women experience the seaside around the world, Refinery29 sent reporters and photographers to six international beaches to expand our notion of what it's like to be a woman near the water.

    Here, 10 women on Laboni Beach in Bangladesh tell their stories.

    It's your body. It's your summer. Enjoy them both. Read more Take Back The Beach stories here.



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    Fariha Tabasuam, 21, Student

    "I have a feeling other people are judging my body. But I don’t do that [to others]. I don’t feel like [judging] others by their structure or bod… We all are different, so why should we judge? It’s a bad practice.

    "I do think about my dress — which dress I am going to wear? What [will] other people will say about my clothing and me? For these reasons, I like wearing something that no one can say any bad comments about. No one can think badly about me or look at me in a bad way."

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    Ibtida, 22, Student

    "I do worry about how I look on the beach a little bit, because people are staring and making odd comments; for that I am a little worried. Their way of looking [at us] is not good; they stare at us really badly. Today, while I was standing in the sea, many people started staring, making bad comments… [There’s] nothing I can do."

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    Monuara Akter Lija, 13

    "I feel that other people are judging me, but I don’t judge others. I don’t feel any pressure."

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    Jasmin Sultana, 35, Sociology Lecturer

    "Actually, I come here to see nature, so I am not really worried how people are thinking about me. I came here to see the sea and to see the waves. I am not feeling anything except that I am on a vacation.

    "I don't feel that others are judging my body, because I have crossed that age. I think people here are busy with their own lives."

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    Zareen Shakila, 21, Student, Dance Teacher, & Part-Time TV Anchor

    "I used to judge my own body and myself and actually thought I had to live my life in a certain way or wear something particular to look good. But I felt it’s better I should do what my heart says. [I'd] rather let my feelings be free.

    "Sometimes, in the past, I used to judge other people, but now I don’t. We live in a certain society where people will judge you, but it is up to me if I am thinking like them or living like them."