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Mastectomy Monokini Swimwear Empowers Breast Cancer Survivors, Serena Williams' Huge Upset, and Teens Are Less Fit Than Ever

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From this morning's news of Maya Angelou's death to swimwear designed for women who have undergone a mastectomy, today's headlines evoked a wide range of emotions. What caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

1. Maya Angelou dies at 86. The legendary poet, author, and civil rights activist passed away this morning leaving behind a lasting legacy. "...She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist, and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance, and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love," Angelou's son, Guy Johnson, said in a statement.

2. Serena Williams gets bested by a 20-year-old. In a spectacular upset, Serena Williams lost to Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the French Open today. The fact that Murguruza listed Williams as her favorite player growing up didn’t seem to soften the blow: “I haven’t gotten past the fourth round of a Grand Slam this year. I have a couple words to describe it, but I think that would be really inappropriate, so I’m going to leave it at that,” the 32-year-old told The New York Times.

3. Swimwear designers want to help breast cancer survivors feel beautiful. Monokini 2.0 swimwear, which exposes one side of the chest and is modeled by women who have survived breast cancer, will launch a crowdfunding campaign on May 30 to mass-produce three swimsuits for women who've had mastectomies, Today reports. The company, who is marketing itself as "a social art project that re-examines popular culture’s narrow view of a woman’s ideal appearance," uses the slogan “Who says you need two?”

4. American teens are less fit than ever. According to data released today by the CDC, less than half of youths ages 12 to 15 are even close to being aerobically fit. Even more surprising? Only 34 percent of girls were reported to have adequate cardiovascular health, compared to 50 percent of boys, NPR reports. All the more reason to take the kids in your life out for a bike ride or hike and show them how fun fitness can be.

5. New York Sports Club warns Kanye. Not about to miss out on the Kimye wedding buzz last weekend, NYSC continued their trend of stirring up controversy with their latest marketing ploy. “Kanye, stay in shape. The last guy only lasted 72 days,” the tongue-in-cheek ad reads. "We’re really just commenting on the current events as it relates to getting healthy and getting fit," a company rep told Mashable. A bit of a stretch, but we applaud their creativity.


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