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Update: This story was originally published on March 17, 2012. But, in honor of another summer officially being on its way, we've added 10 more women who inspire us to slip into our swimwear and own it in a major way. Click ahead for 25 forever-rad beach babes.
Whether you've been hitting the elliptical or indulging at that pudding place down the block, or both, all winter long, the thought of stripping down to a bikini in public for the first time in months can be somewhat jarring.
Just in case you need a little push, we're here to boost your swimsuit confidence and galvanize your prep with some inspiration in the form of 15 babes who redefine the word "bikini bod." While the body types here run the gamut, one thing is constant: Each woman is confident and sexy — exactly the things we want to be when we hit the sand. These 15 ladies look so darn comfortable, happy, and gorgeous in their bikinis, they're amping us up for our own swimsuit debut.
Singer Mary Lambert is taking over the world. In addition to her poetry, musical collabs, a recently released debut LP (Heart On My Sleeve), blogs, videos, and plans to one day conquer Broadway, the 25-year-old Massachusetts resident is still planning more. Which is a feat, considering she's already done so much. A GLAAD read
The wedding dress may be the first thing people notice as you're coming down the aisle, but no bridal look is complete without a few thoughtful
accessories. It's those seemingly small touches — like your "something old" or "something blue" — that can turn a gown into a moment. A delicate lace veil is a prime read