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“I’m quite happy with my body, except for my stomach maybe, but I’m on a diet and I have managed to lose much of the weight I gained during my pregnancy.
“Here, people feel they have the right to give opinions about other people’s appearance, and my family and neighbors always have something to say about whether I'm fat or thin. Sometimes those comments make me sad.
“I like to improve my appearance, wearing fake eyelashes, nails, face and tongue piercings…and sunglasses. Sunglasses make me look cooler, and also if I see a guy I like, it’s easier to check him out without him realizing I’m staring.”
Camila, 29, Seamstress
“I’m not that comfortable with my body at the moment, because I’m slightly over my ideal weight. I work Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., so I have no time to go to the gym, as I’d like to. It’s not something that keeps me up at night — it’s not like I think I’m ugly — but I’d like to change that about me.
“I love the beach. For me, these trips start the night before, when I start getting ready: I choose what I’m going to wear, I wax… It involves a lot of preparation, because you want to look good.”
“I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, and I’ve been wanting to start exercising ever since I gave birth, but I haven’t had the time, especially not after I went back to work.
“Right now, my big belly is a concern for me. I look fat. I didn’t know what to wear for this trip to the beach today, for example. I argued with myself: Should I wear shorts instead of a bathing suit? I ended up buying this one."
“I’d like to look different...but it’s not something that has affected the way I live my life; I continue to go out and do everything normally.”
Ana, 21, Cabaret Dancer
“The most attractive thing about me is the way I walk. As a dancer, I know how to move with style, how to walk rhythmically. I think I’m hot, and I like to show off.”
Emilsi, 28, Chemistry Teacher
“I’m very comfortable with my body. I enjoy working out, which I do almost every day, except on Sundays.
“I love my hair. It’s tied now because it’s uncomfortable to wear it down with all the wind and the sand here, but I always let it down when I'm not at the beach. I’m very proud of it. This is my natural color; I don’t dye it."