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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!

Fashion Giveaways

Ultimate Swimsuit Design Contest!

April 28, 2014

Ever wondered what goes into creation of a great swimsuit? We’re offering one lucky winner the chance to work with our design team to create a custom swimsuit – just in time for Memorial Day and summer kickoff!

Enter on the form below – good luck!

As seen on Super-Sweeps.com, Free CenterLucky Contests, and Hypersweep.com! Our sweepstakes is listed on ContestHound.com!

Lifestyle Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesday: Squat Challenge

March 12, 2014

Week 4 - Squat Challenge

We’re getting ready for the beach, and cannot wait for the sun to finally make itself a more permanent fixture in the sky! Warmer weather is on the way, and we’re working to make sure we’re ready for its arrival. Yesterday we started our squat challenge, and are inviting you to join in with us! Follow us on social media using #ReefSquatChallenge – we’ll be continually posting on our progress and keep each other going!

NOTE: I am in NO WAY a fitness professional. Please do not take my comments to be professionally backed, nor do I know what is best for every body. I am simply sharing my personal experiences with these workouts. If you are unsure if you should be doing a particular workout, please consult your doctor first.

Reef Week 4 - Squat Challenge

Tried this workout? Have another one you’d like us to try? Let us know!

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Workout Wednesday: Summer Shape Up

February 19, 2014

I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit to being a Pinterest junkie. In whatever free time I have, I often find myself perusing Pinterest and pinning dozens upon dozens of things I know I’ll never buy, make, eat, or do. I’ve got entire boards dedicated to the dream home I don’t own, the crafts I don’t have the time to make, and the foods I’ll never attempt to make in my tiny little kitchen. However, I am making an attempt to change that, and bringing you along for the ride. We’re getting in shape for summer, Pinterest style.

Every week, I’ll be delving into my Pinterest bank and giving an honest effort at one ten-minute or under workout. We’re all busy juggling work, social lives, and families, and none of us are willing to waste what little free time we have on something that isn’t beneficial. Consider me your internet filter, helping you find fun, quick workouts that actually make a difference.

NOTE: I am in NO WAY a fitness professional. Please do not take my comments to be professionally backed, nor do I know what is best for every body. I am simply sharing my personal experiences with these workouts. If you are unsure if you should be doing a particular workout, please consult your doctor first.

Workout Wednesday - Week 1

We’ll kick off this series with an eight-minute ab workout from Pumps & Iron. My best friend has always helped me do an 8-minute ab series, but after a while of doing the same routine, your body becomes too used to it, and the workout becomes less and less effective. I spotted this 8-Minute Abs, 2.0 and after noticing that they weren’t moves I’d tried yet, decided to give it a shot.   8 Minute Abs  

Positives: The graphics provided made the moves easy to understand and execute, even though they hadn’t necessarily been moves I’d done before. The workout moves at a great pace, changing up movements every 45 seconds, while the eight-minute timing makes it easy to do before work, before your nightly shower, or any other time you might have a few spare minutes. It’s also a prop-free workout, meaning I didn’t have to buy weights, a mat, or any other workout materials before starting.

Negatives: I did this on my wooden bedroom floor, so some of the ones that required me to be laying on my back hurt my spine a bit, which was more my own fault. As a result of an existing back injury, I had to refrain from the butt lifts, and substituted by doing an additional 30-second plank.

Overall: I’d give this a 6/10. There’s a good chance I wasn’t actually doing the moves correctly, since I didn’t feel as much as I felt I should’ve when I woke up this morning. I’m definitely not in shape, but the ab-burning morning-after feeling I’d been expecting was non-existent. Other than that, I felt like it was a really good workout, with the perfect way of switching it up every 45 seconds. I’d never realized how long 45 seconds can be, which made this workout feel like it was really making a difference. However, I’ll have to invest in a better stopwatch than my phone – it’s a pain to keep stopping and resetting my timer. Other than that, I loved not being completely out of breath, but still felt like I’d done a solid workout!

 

Tried this workout? Let us know what you think!

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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?

Perfection Fit Sizing

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