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We were (happily) surprised to find that half of women are most at ease in a swimsuit around their friends or significant others, with 18 percent most comfortable around their friends, and 10 percent most comfortable around complete strangers!
If you find yourself hesitant to step out uncovered on the beach, you're not alone—we don't think there's a woman alive who doesn't feel insecure at least once in her life (and if there is, we want to know who she is!). Even our weight-loss coach Cynthia Sass has copped to a few bad days. But she's developed a strategy to help overcome that; read her tips for improving your self-image here.
Readers reveal what they love and hate about the most body-baring time of the year: bikini season.
Bikini Body Survey: The Results Are In!