06/27/2012 08:34 am ET Updated Jun 27, 2012

Fearless Body Image: Lessons From The Mermaid Parade (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade -- the ecstatic annual gathering of scantily clad folks who aren't afraid to wear sequiny, sea-inspired costumes in broad daylight, with thousands of people watching. Where do these revelers get their amazing body confidence? That's what we wanted to know. So we asked some mermaids point-blank ... and their answers inspired us! Check out the slideshow:

Body Confidence, Mermaid Style!

Want an even bigger boost of body confidence? Watch this video, wherein a multitude of mermaids explain why everyone should love his or her own body:

What personal lessons have you learned about fear and fearlessness? Comment below, or tweet us @HealthyLiving using the hashtag #becomingfearless. If you tweet, you will automatically be entered into Toyota Corolla's Most Fearless Tweet Contest! (Click here for the Official Rules.)

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