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Diving In with Alex Underwood

December 9, 2016
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Welcome Back to Diving In, a new series where we sit down and discuss body confidence with inspiring women. In this piece, we sit down with American Model, Alex Underwood. Underwood is not just beautiful but passionate too. She is the founder of The Unwanteds Project, a horse rescue that brings awareness to the abuse that these beautiful animals face. Alex stars in Coco Reef’s newest campaign, Flaunt Your Shape. The campaign focuses on embracing the body positivity movement and encouraging women to show off their bodies. The goal is to show women that being who they are is not only good enough, it’s perfect.
How did you become body positive? What was the journey to accepting and loving your body like?
“I had a really big moment happen in the eighth grade. I’d always had problems making friends with girls growing up and I had recently been invited to hang out with a special group of girls. While hanging out with them, I realized they talked so badly about themselves. I remember listening and thinking, they sound silly! I don’t see any of this. And I didn’t want to sound that way. I guess I made a pact with myself that day – to accept and love myself.”
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop skipping class! And don’t sweat the small things.
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What is your life motto?
‘Never forget that the pressures of modern life are only a man-made game. You can take a break whenever you wish. It isn’t necessary to stress yourself to the level of those around you. Take nothing as seriously as your universal right to seek peace’
What advice would you give for someone struggling with confidence and body acceptance?

If you’re finding it hard to move past a body issue or hard to gain momentum to your body loving goal… try eliminating the outside influences. For instance: I gave up Facebook five years ago and monthly magazines. I immediately felt relieved. They say you are what you eat but to broaden that- you are what you consume. Give yourself substance in all areas of life. Your self love journey is yours and yours alone.

How do you ‘Flaunt Your Shape?
For me, comfort is everything and comfort equals confidence. Especially when you’re down to your skivvies! I actually prefer to find a nude beach, honestly. When I do find a swimsuit that fits me so well it feels like I’m wearing nothing- that’s a keeper!

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Diving In with Iskra Lawrence

November 23, 2016
Welcome to Diving In, a new series where we sit down and discuss body confidence with inspiring women. In this piece, we sit down with English model, Iskra Lawrence. Lawrence is not just a pretty face, she’s an #AerieReal role model, an advocate with the National Eating Disorder Association and an active editor of The Runway Riot. She stars in Coco Reef’s newest campaign, Flaunt Your Shape. The campaign focuses on embracing the body positivity movement and encouraging women to show off their bodies. The goal is to show women that being who they are is not only good enough, it’s perfect. So, who better to enlist to kick off our campaign than the queen of body positivity herself, Iskra Lawrence?! Coco Reef chatted with Iskra about being a role model, her life motto and what advice she would give her younger self.
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How did you become body positive? What was the journey to accepting and loving your body like?
I’ve been modeling since I was 13 and after I hit puberty and my body began to change. I was dropped from my agency because my hips were too large to be a straight-size model, and I was ridiculed on modeling sets for being the “fat girl.” I went on extreme diets and looked up different surgeries in an attempt to change my body into something it would never be. I realized I didn’t want to be this person, so I decided to accept and celebrate my body for what it was. It was then that my career as a model really took off — I signed with my agency JAG and started working with Aerie on their #AerieReal campaigns, which was a dream come true. It wasn’t an easy journey, but learning to love myself was the best thing for me, not only in my career, but life.
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What advice would you give your younger self?
 Stop fighting yourself.  When you look in the mirror, stop looking at the things you don’t like and start celebrating the things that make you feel beautiful and unique. Life is too short to constantly battle yourself and get hung up on the negative.
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How important is it to you to find clothes that fit your shape? 

Shopping can be really daunting, but when you find clothes that you love and make you feel great, it can be a really fun and empowering.

What is your life motto?
 The best gift you can give yourself is self-love. No one else’s love can have a greater impact on your life than your own.
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What advice would you give for someone struggling with confidence and body acceptance?
 I like to start every morning by waking up, looking in the mirror, and asking myself what I am going to accomplish that day. We are so focused on our appearance, that we often forget how much our bodies and minds can accomplish — whether that’s going to the gym, finishing a big project at work, or spending time with loved ones. By shifting that mentality, you can change your outlook on life and start each day on a positive note.
 
What is it like being a role model for so many people? 
 It is so humbling. Because I struggled for years with body image, it was important to me to use my platform to share my experience as a way to help others. Through my work with Aerie and the National Eating Disorders Association, I get to connect with so many young women and girls and talk about body image as well as mental health, which go hand-in-hand. It is both an honor and responsibility to give a voice to these issues that few people talk about.
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How do you ‘Flaunt Your Shape?
 I flaunt my shape by being true to myself! I’ve accepted my body as it is and focus on taking care of it, both inside and out.
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Flaunt Your Shape in Coco Reef Swim

November 10, 2016

Coco Reef Swim

It’s easy to compare yourself to others. In fact, most of us probably do it on a daily basis, even more so in the summer months. With skin-baring swimsuits everywhere you look, it’s easy to hide behind your towel.

But as the leaders of bra-sized swimwear, we understand the curves of a woman. We know you may need some additional support and we’re here to embrace your perfect imperfections, your “flaws”, and the parts of you that you may not be as proud of. Whether it’s your crooked teeth, freckled skin, the parts that jiggle, stretch marks, your short legs, your frizzy hair, all of it. We love everything that makes you, you.

Which is why we’re moving in a new direction. We’ve enlisted three models that are not only beautiful but also empowering. Iskra Lawrence, queen of body positivity, managing editor of Runway Riot and a NEDA brand ambassador. Alexandra Underwood, commander of her curves and the founder of the Unwanteds Project. And, Camila Lopes, a natural beauty, philanthropist and yogi who embraces her shape.

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These three inspirational ladies star in our new swimsuit campaign where we invite you to #FlauntYourShape in Coco Reef Swimwear. If you’re short or tall, if you’re round or thin, if you’re busty or on the smaller side, flaunt it!

In a society that profits from your self-doubt, loving yourself is a rebellious act. We’re asking you to be a rebel, embrace the movement and show the world that you love the skin you’re in!

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Five Reasons Why Suits With LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber Are Better

March 18, 2015


As the originators of bra-sized swimwear, we have been leading the industry in fit and quality for almost a century. When LYCRA® fiber began to revolutionize textiles in the early 1960s, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to elevate our fit and fabric into something even greater. As each of our brands has grown, we have continued to innovate and refine our practice to provide the perfect swimsuit time and time again.

FIVE REASONS  WHY SUITS WITH LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ FIBER ARE BETTER

1.   FIT – Finding the perfect fit has never more important than in swimwear. A small sizing error can reflect in a big way. We want you feeling flawless. That’s why we use LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber in our swimwear. The innovative technology in LYCRA® fiber gives our fabrics comfort, figure flattering fit and the freedom to move.

2.   COMFORT – What’s the point in looking good if you don’t feel good? Suits with LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber make you feel confident, and feel like a million bucks… for a fraction of that. Cool and comfortable, every suit is designed to complete satisfaction. Fashion forward never felt so good!

3.   MOVEMENT – Whether you’re on the beach, at the pool, or in the water, you don’t stay still… you move. And your swimwear needs to move with you. LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber offers a beautiful, long-lasting fit, with freedom to move. Chip chop!

4.   DURABILITY – They say you need a new suit every season. And while we’re crazy about swimwear, we don’t subscribe to that. Your favorite suit should last more than a couple dips. With LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ it can. Go ahead and fall in love… your suit is here for the long haul!

5.   RESISTANCE – Your swimsuit has enemies; intense heat, pool chlorination, salty water, and greasy sunscreen can do a lot of damage. But LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber resists fit loss and fiber breakage caused by pool water, giving you long-lasting shape, style and fit that resists bag and sag. Swim in freedom and let your suit do all the work.

LEARN MORE
www.lycra.com/xtralife

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Red Carpet Trends For Swimwear

February 26, 2015

 Tankini Stone Beauty Collection 2015

Coco Reef Swim Tankini

Coco Reef Swim Tankini

Model  Talita Correa  |  Top  Stone Embellished Ultra Fit Tankini  |  Bottom  Stone Embellished Ultra Fit Tankini

From the catwalk to your closet, we’re looking to the red carpet for this season’s swim inspirations. Fresh off
awards season, our eyes can’t help but notice all the stars strutting with stones… and we’re not talking just jewelry. Embellished
gowns and adorned accessories are all the rage this year, as celebs take their glamour game to the next level. Our Stone Beauty
Collection incorporates the hottest trends so that you never go out of style. Beautiful stone embellishments accentuate these sexy
suits in the season’s hottest colors. Underwire support keep things steady and in-place, while simple shirring and molded cups
ensure your ultimate fit and comfort. And with our unique bra-sizing and mix-and-match separates,
every creation is custom-fit to your body’s shape. How’s that for VIP treatment?



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Jessie J appeared at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 2015 Grammys in a sheer black dress from Ralph and Russo.
Splashed with gems and graced in a full train, the “Bang Bang” singer proved that there’s no such thing as too much fabulous.


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Dazzling in red at the 2015 Golden Globes in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Viola Davis put the glam in glamorous. In a flowing
Donna Karan Atelier dress, sparkled with ruby red and crystal rhinestones, the “How to Get Away with Murder” star was praised
for her classic, yet flashy ensemble.


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For those who want pocket-sized pomp, Prada’s cool clutch might be the perfect red carpet accomplice. Gold-plated
hardware supports this statement piece’s stunning stone embellishment. Available in three smart colors, it’s the must-have
accessory of the season.


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Stressful Sizing – The Benefits of Perfection Fit

February 14, 2014

Searching for the right fit in a swimsuit can become the worlds biggest struggle. It’s something I never anticipate being difficult, and usually enter into the task feeling fairly optimistic. Six stores, at least twenty swimsuits, and zero purchases later, I’m completely shot. I’m frustrated, upset, and starting to think that there’s something abnormal about my body that doesn’t allow me to properly fit into the swimsuits in these general stores. They’re either running too big, or the straps are too snug, or making the upper half of my body look somewhat disproportionate. The simple task of getting a swimsuit for vacation has now turned into a complete debacle, leaving me less excited for my trip and more stressed about having nothing to wear on the beach.

Here’s a little background on me, to give you a clearer view on my struggles. I’m about 5’3″, somewhat petite in size, with a little bit of a curve. I’ve also got a long torso, so many of the one-pieces I’d have to buy as a kid were too snug, or if I went the next size up, too big. Matched swimsuit sets were another hassle, since then I’d have to buy two sets – one for the proper fitting top, another for the bottom – and ending up with two extra pieces. So you can understand why I’ve had such problems in the past.

Thankfully, Coco Reef (and our sister brand, Coco Rave) has come up with the perfect solution to the problems I’ve faced all too often – Bra-Sized Swimwear. Many of us don’t fit into tops that are sized Small, Medium, Large, etc., which can cause a massive disruption in fit. Perfection Fit swimsuits are fitted the same way your bra is, allowing you to find a more specific size, allowing for a more custom feel, without the custom price tag. Mix and match bottoms allow you to decide what leg line and style is best for your body shape, so you’ll never feel uncomfortable with something that’s not offering as much coverage as you’d like. Basically, they’ve done everything possible to help you look and feel your best in and out of the water.

I could go on and on about the benefits of bra-sized swimwear, but honestly, you’ll need to try it to understand my enthusiasm. Every suit feels as though it’s been perfectly fitted to your body, solely by offering a better fit and more accurate sizing structure.

We all want to look and feel our best on a daily basis – why should it be any different when it comes to swimwear?

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 Have you had a great experience with our Perfection Fit suits? Tell us your story!