05/28/2014 09:34 am ET Updated May 28, 2014

25 Reasons Why You Deserve To Feel Good In A Bathing Suit

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As we head into summer, it seems impossible to escape discussion of “beach bodies” and “bikini bridges” and, of course, the ultra-controversial “thigh gap.” While it’s important to be conscious of the way our culture talks about body politics, it can be pretty exhausting to get caught up in all the beauty standard bullshit. In the coming weeks, you’re gonna run into a lot of articles about how to look better in a bathing suit. I don’t blame you in the slightest for wanting your appearance to be top-notch, and I’ve read plenty of those workout guides in my lifetime… but sometimes we all need a break. Instead of reading another listicle about how you should be avoiding carbonated drinks and subsisting off nothing but cayenne pepper and crunches, here’s a list of 25 reasons why you deserve to feel good about the body you already have.

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