Swimsuits For Real Bodies

Seven real women with amazing jobs get swimsuit makeovers
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Colleen Saidman Yee, Yoga Instructor

"We women are so hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to body image. It’s always easy to say what we don’t like about our bodies but hard to say what we do like. We all have to shed the layers of junk and judgment." Calvin Klein Swimwear nylon and spandex suit, $98; calvinklein.com Alexis Bittar rhodium earrings, $125; alexisbittar.com
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Jade Quon, Stuntwoman

"I fell in love with the challenge, discipline and hustle that this career requires. The best thing about having a strong body is the mental freedom that comes with it. The physical appearance is just the icing on the cake." Omo Norma Kamali polyester jersey suit, $350; normakamali.com Robert Lee Morris 18k gold hoops, $1,000; 212-431-9405
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Karen Arceneaux, Dance Teacher, Alvin Ailey Studios

"You can’t let anyone impose their opinion of what your body should look like." Magicsuit by Miraclesuit nylon and Lycra suit, $146; blumsli.com for stores Alexis Bittar rhodium earrings, $145; alexisbittar.com
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Lauren Brenner, Founder, Pure Boot Camp

"My favorite body part? It’s a toss-up between my abs and my butt. You can’t buy either one, and both require hard work. Sweating is hot-I say, embrace it. Now drop down and give me 10!" Carmen Marc Valvo nylon and spandex suit, $167; nordstrom.com for stores Her own earrings
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Valentina Zhabina, High-Wire Artist, Cirque du Soleil

"I have made a commitment to myself to treat my body well. I eat right, drink lots of water, exercise and get plenty of sleep. My work requires that I be in good condition, and I am." Michael Kors nylon and spandex suit, $266; michaelkors.com for stores Robert Lee Morris sterling silver hoops, $225; 212-431-9405
Photo: Danielle Levitt

Laurie Cole, Master Instructor, Soulcycle

"What’s the best thing about having a strong body? What isn’t! I think I look younger every year, except for those few pesky gray hairs. I love the signs of maturity, and I want to embrace the inevitable changes to come. The key is loving the body you’re given." Eres polyamide and spandex suit, $455; eresparis.com Robert Lee Morris 18k gold hoops, $1,750; 212-431-9405
Photo: Danielle Levitt

Ashley Holzer, Olympic Equestrian

"I like having a body that allows me to do the things I love doing." Karla Colletto nylon and lycra suit, $368; bergdorfgoodman.com for similar styles Prada satin and polyvinyl chloride heels, $750; similar styles available at select Prada stores, prada.com for stores R.J. Graziano lucite bangle, $25; 212-685-1248 Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz lucite bangle, $60; ben-amun.com WANT MORE SWIMWEAR? CHECK OUT MORE SWIMSUITS UNDER $100
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coco 06.07.2011

Every one of these featured women has a career involving physical activity all day, every day. They are no more "real" than the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.

Laura Kalika04.19.2011

These are not 'real' bodies. They're beautifuly, yes, but not your average woman. Just about anything would look good on these women. What about looking and feeling great if you have big legs (breasts, tummy, whatever). I believe we need to see more summer wear and swimsuits for the 'average' woman. Just an FYI. And I do love your magazine and web site.

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