Toni Braxton, 53, Shows Off Her Toned Abs In Red String Bikini Video – Yahoo Sports

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  • Toni Braxton, 53, showed off her toned abs and legs in a new bikini video on Instagram.

  • The singer and Braxton Family Values star danced around wearing a red string bikini.

  • Toni has previously opened up about her lupus diagnosis and switching to a plant-based diet to manage symptoms.

Hot girl summer is getting red hot already thanks to Toni Braxton. The 53-year-old singer and Braxton Family Values star is heating things up in her new Instagram post.

She shared a video captioned, “Red Hot Sunday 🌶,” strutting around while wearing a red string bikini and sunglasses. The red hue is eye-catching, but it’s impossible to miss her strong bod. Her abs and legs look so toned. It’s no wonder she’s checking herself out in the video. read more

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Kids Protective Swimwear – Skin Cancer Prevention Announced by Infinium Life – Yahoo Finance

Tenue de Soleil, a children’s protective swimwear line created by a board-certified dermatologist, has been launched on Kickstarter announced by Infinium Life. The brand’s UPF 50+ fabric blocks 98% of harmful UVA and UVB.

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Infinium Life announced a new UV-protective swimwear collection for children called Tenue de Soleil has been launched on Kickstarter. Designed by board-certified dermatologist and skin cancer expert Dr. Daniel Kadouch, the practical swimwear products are produced using UPF 50+ fabric. read more

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Jennifer Lopez dances in yellow bikini – Yahoo Lifestyle

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So You’re Thinking About Trying An Upside-Down Bikini…

When several members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan — starting with Kendall, and then followed by Kylie and Kourtney — began wearing their string bikini tops upside down last summer, I figured that it’d be a blip as far as fashion trends go. After all, one of the big differences between famouses and the rest of us is that we actually like getting into the pool. But, like clockwork, once the weather warmed up, the DIY swimwear trend became ubiquitous, as people began tying their tops upside-down, criss-crossed, and even sideways. The Bachelor’s Chelsea Vaughn chose an upside-down bikini for a beach day in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in March, and appeared — at least in photos — to hold up during an outdoor shower. Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine wore a flipped blue bikini with a belly chain in January. And Atlanta-based blogger Frankly Frankie’s Instagram feed is full of upside bikinis, tied in myriad ways, from 180 degree flips to backwards and sideways. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kendall (@kendalljenner) Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal. Essentially, by flipping your swimsuit top this way and that, you’re getting multiple bikinis for the price of one. You don’t even have to buy anything new to create the look; all it takes is digging out the string bikini that’s likely been buried at the bottom of your swimwear drawer for a few summers. Also, oftentimes, they look great in photos. But do they stay up? How practical is it for doing anything in the water other than posing next to it? I wore one for an entire workday this week, changing the tie pattern every few hours to see what worked and what didn’t. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have access to a pool nor pool-appropriate weather, so I did not take a dive in my upside-down bikini, though I did try to wear it in the shower. Even dry, though, when the most rigorous activity I did was transition from working on my back to my side to my stomach in bed, none of the styles held up. At one point, I had to climb on the counter to reach the cereal box I keep up high for emergency snacking, and the tie around my neck completely unraveled. In the spirit of research, here’s what I found: While the standard upside-down style is the most sturdy when compared to any other style (strapless, criss-crossing it in the front, laying it on top of your chest untied while your a**istant takes fake-candid pics of you with a book you don’t plan on reading), it still isn’t actually sturdy. While it might outlast a wade in the shallow end of the pool, there’s no chance it’ll survive a single wave at the beach or a dive into the deep end. When the cinching isn’t on the bottom, the “coverage” part of a string bikini becomes a complete joke. All day long, I spent more time adjusting my swimsuit than not adjusting it. Despite doing this experiment for work, I think it made me get less work done. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chelsea Vaughn (@chelseavaughn_) Others are equally skeptical: “It sort of works,” says Refinery29 creatives and updates editor Kate Spencer, who recently gave the trend a shot at home. “But I’d say it’s not nearly as comfortable, supportive, or practical as wearing it right side up.” And then the hot take: “…And I don’t think it’s any more stylish.” “The upside-down bikini is just unnecessary,” Refinery29 work and money editor Hannah Rimm says after, too, trying the trend IRL. “I don’t think it looks any better than a normal bikini and it certainly does not hold my D cups in if I move around. There’s just so much underboob!” Though she admits that string bikinis aren’t her style — preferring, instead, a sportier, scoop-neck top — she still thinks the trend is “a lot of work for a very boring pay off,” adding, “The criss-cross neck one choked me.” Ironically, Kendall Jenner appears to no longer abide by the trend she and her sisters sparked. Most likely, she came to the same realization that we did: swimwear was designed to be worn right side up for a reason. Any way else, and you won’t be wearing it for long. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?An Exhaustive List Of Skimpy Plus-Size BikinisThe Best Swimsuits For Avoiding Tan Lines22 Black Bikinis You Need To Buy Up This Summer read more

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Beach or No Beach—Here Are the 10 Bikini Trends to Try This Summer – Yahoo Lifestyle UK

If you haven’t heard of manifestation, let me enlighten you. Manifestation is a self-help movement centred around the activity of focusing one’s thoughts upon the desired outcome. Essentially, it means that you can think something into actually happening.

Perhaps this is why I placed an order for a new bikini in the middle of February. Of course, I have no plans of jetting off to tropical climates this year. Still, perhaps my purchase was an act of subconscious manifestation—that we’ll have a warm enough summer to sit in the park, on the beach, on our balconies and in our gardens quite comfortably in a bikini. read more

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Zara’s Swimwear Collection Is Here — & These Are The Best Styles – Yahoo Lifestyle

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The Black One-Piece Swimsuits Online Shoppers Swear By

We’ve got black one-piece swimsuits on the brain. Although we won’t be traveling too far afield this spring or summer, we’ll still be seeking out nearby sun and sand where we can find it — so, as we plan out the bathing-suit shopping required to address our winter-induced vitamin D deficiencies, a little black one-piece is at the top of the list. Much like the reliable LBD, the LBOP is more than equipped to be your go-to swimwear essential: it’s simple, flattering, easy to wear, and can double as a bodysuit in a pinch. To spare you from the nightmare of online shopper’s remorse, we scoured the internet using the consumer-comment section to find the best swimsuit bets. Ahead, discover nothing less than the top-vetted styles worth suiting up in for your next sunshine-soaked occasion.Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Andie Swim The MykonosThe Deep VWith one deep-plunging V-neckline, the black-one piece is taken to s**y town while still maintaining its eternally classic appeal. The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 992 reviews on Andie.comWhat They’re Saying: “I ordered a size M, and the fit is almost perfect. The top is a little big but not bad. Very, very well-made and feels durable. I am ordering my second suit from Andie Swim today!” – Jennifer R, Andie Swim ReviewerShop AndieAndie The Mykonos—flat, $, available at AndieAerie Wrap One-Piece SwimsuitThe WraparoundThink classic DVF, but for swimwear. Aerie’s take on the wrap dress trend for bathing suits looks good, feels good, and comes with removable pads so you can wear it exactly as desired. The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 308 reviews on AerieWhat They’re Saying: “This suit is perfect for the person looking to have the look of a 2 piece but coverage of a full suit. I’m normally a medium. 34DD top. This can be tightened to support or loosened. Highly recommend.” — Bels, Aerie reviewerShop AerieAerie Wrap One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at American Eagle OutfittersSummersalt The SidestrokeThe Solo-ShoulderYou can’t go through the pages upon pages of glowing reviews for this one-shoulder number without seeing the word “compliment” mentioned over and over again. Not only does the sleek style attract positive attention but it also offers an effortless fit that’s easy to move around in. The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 1,482 reviews on SummersaltWhat They’re Saying: “Fits amazing, great quality and looks so good! Wore it for a girls’ trip in Hawaii and I had strangers stop me to tell me how they had seen the suit online and thought it looked amazing on me!” — Disha M., Summersalt reviewerShop SummersaltSummersalt The Sidestroke, $, available at SummersaltMaaji Hat Black Heavenly Reversible One-Piece SwimsuitThe Lace-UpTie up your favorite one-piece like a shoe tie. This suit holds in everything while giving us major s**y vibes. The Hype: 3.7 out of 5; 12 Reviews on Nordstromrack.comWhat They’re Saying:”Love the way it fits. It lifts your b*** and flattens the tummy – Win!” –Janeth, Nordstrom Rack ReviewerShop Nordstrom Rack Maaji Hat Black Heavenly Reversible One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Torrid Wireless Black Lattice One-PieceThe PlungeCustomers love the way this suit hugs their curves thanks to its Slim Fix mesh lining made to contour your body. Plus, the multiway straps can be adjusted for the perfect fit so you’ll really feel as good as you look. The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 418 reviews on TorridWhat They’re Saying: “Love this suit. I’m 5’6″, 370 lbs and it fits perfectly. Very comfy, doesn’t ride up and the plunging neckline is s**y. I would highly recommend it.” — Jenny 77, Torrid reviewerShop TorridTorrid Black Lattice Ruched Swimsuit, $, available at TorridMiracle Suit Illusionist Crossover One-Piece Swimsuit The Silhouette Shaper With allover slimming technology, this one-piece accentuates your natural shape without any uncomfortable panels or wires. Its exclusive Miratex® fabric is designed to firm, hold, and form your frame without being suffocating. The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 98 reviews on Macy’s.comWhat They’re Saying: “I have many Miraclesuits and this is the most flattering of all! I wear a size 12 everything and the size 12 is just great for me being curvy (doesn’t ride up in the rear). Even if I was a bit larger in the bust it would fit. I bought this style several years ago elsewhere and loved it. I was so happy to see it again that I bought 3 more colors! I wash by hand in the sink and they last for years!” — Anonymous reviewerShop Macy’sMiraclesuit Illusionist Crossover One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at NordstromMiraclesuit MiraclesuitPlus Size Illusionist Crossover One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Dillard’sTrina Turk Studio Solid Bandeau One-PieceThe Cold-ShoulderThanks to its sweet ruffled trim detail, this suit accents the front neckline in a subtle and stylish way. Plus, you have the option to remove its contour pads depending on the shape and support that suits you best. The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 55 reviews on NordstromWhat They’re Saying: “Love it — it fits perfectly. I also wear it with cut off jean shorts to make it look like a blouse — perfect for summer and tropical vacations.” — RLBH, Nordstrom reviewerShop NordstromTrina Turk Off the Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at NordstromApt. 9 Keyhole Halter SwimsuitThe HalterThis 70s-inspired neckline is a crucial component of every woman’s swimwear wardrobe — especially for those avoiding pesky shoulder tan lines. Reviewers praised the cool details and flattering lines on this affordable bathing tog.The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 15 reviews on Kohls.comWhat They’re Saying: “Being a daily swimmer I am very selective when it comes to my swimwear. It has to meet very specific criteria and this one met them all! The halter makes for a very comfortable swim as well as accents your upper body. The keyhole just puts the perfect touch to create a lovely look. Being a one-piece allows for better sun coverage as well as helps to create a sleek appearance. I like the fact that the leg holes are a little higher which not only allows for a better swim but defines your legs. Really a wonderful swimsuit!” — Jillie, Kohl’s reviewerShop Kohl’sApt. 9 Keyhole Halter One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Kohl’sDixperfect One Piece Swimsuit The High-CutIt’s no coincidence that this ’90s-inspired, scoop-neck style had its own viral moment on Amazon. Its exaggerated arm and leg openings add a touch of glam while the wide straps and durable lining keep you secure.The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 229 reviews on AmazonWhat They’re Saying: “Bae watch! This swimsuit is totally retro and very well constructed. It holds you in and fits true to size. I have thick thighs so a little nervous about how high cut it is, but will make it work!” — NJ, Amazon reviewerShop AmazonDixperfect 90s Trend One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at AmazonMagicsuit Rita One PieceThe RuffleA statement-making neckline ruffle and beaded details make this sleek one-piece a stylish choice, while underwire and removable cups offer plenty of support for fuller busts.The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews on MiracleSuit.comWhat They’re Saying: “It fits perfectly and holds me in in the right places. I love it. Thanks” — Glenda, Miracle Suit reviewerShop MiracleSuitMiracle suit 2021 Magicsuit Solid Rita Top, $, available at Magic suitDaci Cutout One PieceThe GlamorousA full-coverage option that supports and flatters while strategically showing a little skin, this plus-size option has racked up accolades for its streamlined, s**y silhouette.The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars, 736 reviews on Amazon.comWhat They’re Saying: “I LOVE this bathing suit. Modest but s**y and well made. Not too thick or bulky like a lot of plus size swimwear. I have a VERY large chest but smaller on the bottom and it fit my ‘girls’ perfectly! I think I might order another color/pattern right now! Very happy with this purchase!” — Tiffany, Amazon reviewerShop AmazonDaci Cutout One Piece, $, available at AmazonAshley Graham x Swimsuits For All Boss Black One PieceThe s**y SupportThe s**y silhouette of this one-piece is designed to flatter your figure and support your a**ets. The straps are adjustable and there are built-in soft cups that cover and boost just the right amount.The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 654 reviews on Swimsuits For AllWhat They’re Saying: “This suit is exceptionally flattering to my body type. I’m very curvy with hips that don’t lie… and the booty to match. I feel secure, s**y, and confident in this. The ruching helps to hide any perceived flaws and the suit doesn’t cut into me at all. I look forward to trying other suits from this site.” — Mara J., Swimsuits For All reviewerShop Swimsuits For AllAshley Graham x Swimsuits For All Boss Black Swimsuit, $, available at Swimsuits For AllTempt Me High Neck One Piece Swimsuit The Hidden GemYou know you’ve found a winner when your swimsuit manages to be both s**y and supportive. The high-neck design of this Amazon find features a padded push-up bra and neck hook closure for shaping and support while its see-through mesh style and plunging back design add a flirty touch. The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 6,364 reviews on AmazonWhat They’re Saying: “I ordered this hesitantly. I hate buying swimsuits online. This was a great surprise! It looks great on and is super comfortable… This from someone who tries on 20 suits a year, has a mini break down, then settles on one. Lol. I am 5’4″ with [an athletic, curvy build], so it’s hard finding things that are flattering.” — ANRamsey, Amazon reviewerShop AmazonTempt Me One Piece Mesh Swimsuit, $, available at AmazonNorma Kamali Marissa One-PieceThe Barely-ThereYou won’t just walk in this swimsuit — you’ll strut. Every inch of this suit is dramatically highcut to elongate all of your limbs.The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews on Revolve.comWhat They’re Saying: “This item is just amazing, you feel like a star!” — Silvia, Revolve reviewerShop RevolveNorma Kamali One Piece In Black, $, available at RevolveHilor One Shoulder Asymmetric Ruffle MonokiniThe AffordableIf you’re a fan of the one-shoulder top, why not try out the trend for your swimwear? The stylish asymmetric neckline of this under-$30 option looks sophisticated (read: expensive) while the ruffled trim adds a flirty touch.The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 2,134 reviews on Amazon.comWhat They’re Saying: “This is so cute. I’m actually kind of excited to wear a swimsuit, which is not something I normally say. It’s so hard to find a swimsuit that supports and covers my chest but is still stylish, but this does just that!” – Meagan, Amazon reviewerShop AmazonHilor One Shoulder Asymmetric Ruffle Monokini, $, available at AmazonTYR Solid Maxfit SwimsuitThe AthleticIf you’re an active swimmer and need a little black swimsuit that can keep up, consider this athletic option featuring secure straps and a classic cut. The long-lasting, chlorine-resistant material makes this a stylishly durable choice.The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 209 reviews on Swimoutlet.comWhat They’re Saying: “I like this suit a lot. It has great support and doesn’t ride up in the back or front. I swim lots of laps on most days, so it has stood the test of my swim workouts!” – Ellen D., Swim Outlet reviewerShop Swim OutletTYR Solid Maxfit Swimsuit, $, available at Swim OutletSeafolly Active One-Piece SwimsuitThe Extra ProtectionAccording to a number of pleased Anthropologie shoppers, one of the best things about this swimsuit is that it protects your shoulders and chest from the sun. It’s made from a solid, thick material that fits well and flatters the body. The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars; 14 reviews on AnthropologieWhat They’re Saying: “This suit has it all. It’s actually COMFORTABLE and flattering. Good bum coverage and I especially love the fact that it protects your shoulders from the sun. Perfect choice for hanging out in the ocean and watching the manatees swim by…” — LMLat9000, Anthropologie reviewerSeafolly Anthropologie Active One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at AnthropologieThe Bandeau One-PieceNothing is sweeter than a sweetheart neckline. And although this flattering bandeau-style suit already has reinforced side boning, there’s also a detachable halter strap for the moments where you want a little extra bust support.The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 24 reviews on ZapposWhat They’re Saying: “Felt like a goddess in this! Gorgeous suit!” – Anonymous Zappos customerLa Blanca Bandeau One-Piece, $, available at ZapposRalph Lauren Beach Ruffled One PieceThe Subtle-But-Sultry SuitThis Ralph Lauren number might look sweet and straightforward, but a deep ruffled V necklace and slight shirring give this suit a super-flattering, va-va-voom quality.The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 194 reviews on Bloomingdales.comWhat They’re Saying: “This suit actually makes me feel good in my skin. It has compression at the tummy area, but not so much that I feel confined. It is comfortable and I have worn the suit for hours on end, all the way through dinner time with no problems. It provides great coverage so I feel confident playing in the sand and pool with my kids. And best of all, there is a ruffle along the bust, which provides a nice detail to sort of camouflage my smaller bust.” — SwimmingMum, Bloomingdale’s reviewerRalph Lauren Beach Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Bloomingdale’sThe Style That Loves Your CurvesThe simple silhouette of this one-piece is designed to flatter your figure. There is much to love about the ample shirring at the waist for a super-flattering fabrication that moves with you.The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 12 reviews on NordstromWhat They’re Saying: “Great suit. Shapes you without binding you. I wish it was offered in more colors.” – Corbin3, Nordstrom reviewLa Blanca One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at NordstromMagicsuit Isabel Ruffle One PieceThe Statement PieceA statement-making neckline ruffle and beaded details make this sleek one-piece a stylish choice, while underwire and removable cups offer plenty of support for fuller busts.The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews on Dillards.comWhat They’re Saying: “It fits perfectly and holds me in in the right places. I love it. Thanks” — Glenda, Miracle Suit reviewerMagicsuit Isabel Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Dillard’sSwimsuits For All Cut-Out Underwire One-Piece SwimsuitThe Suit With Surprising SupportOk, you’ll likely get weird tan lines from this one but it’s totally worth it. The criss-cross side detailing is super s**y, and the hidden underwire bra adds secret support for all kinds of beachside adventures.The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 411 reviews on Swimsuitsforall.comWhat They’re Saying: “This swimsuit is the real deal. It just arrived and I couldn’t wait to try it on. Hands down the best swimsuit I have ever bought! Thank you for making my curves look awesome! I can’t wait to wear it!” – DoreneD, Swimsuits For All reviewerAshley Graham x Swimsuits For All Black Cut Out Underwire One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at swimsuitsforallThe Vintage-Inspired FitHate dealing with bathing suits that are always riding up in the back? Keep everything in place with a retro, full-coverage swimsuit like this little number offering ruched detailing and a boy-short bottom fit.The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 107 reviews on AnthropologieWhat They’re Saying: I avoided swimming in public until I discovered this suit! It’s so flattering! The cut is comfortable, and I get compliments every time I wear it.” – ArcticAnthro, Anthropologie reviewSeafolly Boyleg One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at AnthropologieThe Halter-Top FitThe halter neckline and supportive body of this monokini is just what you need if you want something classic and comfortable. Also, the ruched detailing distracts from the stomach region for those of us who are a bit self-conscious and want the fabric camouflage.The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 36 reviews on ModClothWhat They’re Saying: “Really great quality suit. The ruching and cut make it comfortable and flattering. I love the halter. I’m over 60 and a bit squarish in build, but I like that it makes me look curvier than I am.” – Angela, ModCloth reviewKenneth Cole One-Piece Swimsuit In Black, $, available at ModClothKenneth Cole One-Piece Swimsuit in Black, $, available at ModClothThe Cutout One-Piece For a look that’s equal parts elegant and fun, tease a bit of extra skin with this swimsuit’s sneaky little cutout just below the chest. Bonus points for the adjustable straps.The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 6 reviews on LoftWhat They’re Saying: “I’m not usually for a one-piece but this one caught my eye for its simplicity. Well, let me just say I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it fits and how flattering it is. The top has just enough padding and the bow can be cinched to lift the bust just a bit.” – Faye75, Loft reviewLOFT Beach Bow Cutout One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at LOFTThe Adjustable SuitThis sleek monokini proves that your bathing suit can be s**y and practical all at the same time. While it features a plunging neckline and open back, the adjustable neck and lace-up straps allow for optimal support and a comfortable fit.The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 64 reviews on TargetWhat They’re Saying: “By far the best bathing suit I’ve ever purchased. Having larger breasts, I was skeptical of the low cut, but the way it’s tied in the back definitely keeps them in place.” – kp, Target reviewSunn Lab Swim Women’s Double Halter Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Target.comMadewell Second Wave Crisscross One-Piece SwimsuitThe Eco-Friendly OptionThe fabric of this comfortable crisscross style was made using recycled plastic, allowing you to make a more conscious choice about your next swimsuit purchase. The suit is available in a wide range of styles (from XXS to 3X) and features a built-in shelf bra. The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 13 reviews on MadewellWhat They’re Saying: “I have been searching for two years for the perfect, classic cut swimsuit in my size. I wear between a 20 and 22 and typically wear a 3x at Madewell. I ordered this in a 3x and it fits perfect! The cut is great, it is simple and classic and doesn’t have a bunch of weird padding or extreme unnecessary compression for ‘slimming.'” — Tori95, Madewell reviewerMadewell Second Wave Crisscross One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at MadewellLively The Tank One PieceThe Low Back Cut For those who are into the ’90’s one-piece look but don’t want a suit that shows off your pelvic bone, try this Lively style which dips low in the back and has a deep neckline — but keeps it covered otherwise. Designed for the cheeky beachgoers that don’t want to go all-out cheeky, this option has got just the right amount of scoop. The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 5 reviews on LivelyWhat They’re Saying: “…I’ve used it more than 6 times and it looks new yet. The garment is very well made; the fabric is of good quality, not transparent, has good thickness. I love it and I always receive compliments when I wear it. Very good buy.” — Rocio, Lively ReviewerLively The Tank One Piece, $, available at LivelyMiracle Suit Illusionist Crossover One-Piece Swimsuit The Silhouette Shaper With its overlapping mesh panels, this one-piece accentuates your natural shape without any uncomfortable panels or wires. Its exclusive Miratex® fabric is designed to firm, hold and form your frame without being suffocating. The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 31 reviews on NordstromWhat They’re Saying: “Super flattering suit! I wanted something that would help me feel confident this summer at the lake after having twins this winter and this suit delivered while still feeling a little s**y. I’m 5’8’’ [and] 135 lbs and the medium fits great.” — SNA5, Nordstrom reviewerMiraclesuit Illusionist Crossover One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at NordstromSunn Lab Swim Strappy Back One PieceThe s**y BackThe strap-happy back of this design may look complicated, but it’s actually very easy to wear. The suit has soft removable cups and moderate coverage so there’s no need for adjustments — just suit up and go!The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 84 reviews on TargetWhat They’re Saying: “This bathing suit is not only beautiful, it fits perfectly. Also, very easy to slip in and out of even when wet. I have gotten so many compliments!” — Mariah, Target reviewerSunn Lab Swim Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Target.comTorrid Wireless Black Lattice One-PieceThe Deep VCustomers love the way this suit hugs their curves thanks to its Slim Fix mesh lining made to contour your body. Plus, the multiway straps can be adjusted for the perfect fit so you’ll really feel as good as you look. The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 11 reviews on TorridWhat They’re Saying: “Comfortable and sturdy. It creates a nice silhouette, especially at the waistline.” — Lagwitt, Torrid reviewerTorrid Curve Wireless Deep-V One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at TorridLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Guide To Plus-Size Retailers Who Do It RightThe Most Loved Plus-Size Swimsuits On AmazonThe Summersalt x Tanya Taylor Is Not One To Miss read more

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Eva Longoria’s Abs and Legs Are Insanely Toned in These New Bikini Photos – Yahoo Lifestyle

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  • Eva Longoria, 45, shared a set of two new bikini photos on Instagram.

  • The actress is wearing a navy bikini, and her abs and legs look so toned.

  • Eva’s workouts include jumping on a mini trampoline, hiking with her family, and serious strength work with her trainer Grant Roberts.

Eva Longoria, 45, has a weather request for Los Angeles. The normally sunny city has been rainy lately, and she’s hoping for bikini weather to return stat. Eva shared an effective argument with a bikini photo of herself looking super strong and toned. read more

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Bikini clad Russians compete in cryathlon – Yahoo News

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National Review

The Day Iron Ships Went to War

One hundred and fifty-nine years ago today in Virginia, on the second day of the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads, something happened for the first time in the history of the world: Two ironclad ships fought each other. The Confederate CSS Virginia, a rebuilt version of the USS Merrimac, had participated in the battle’s first day and had its way against the wooden ships of the United States Navy. The USS Monitor, hastily dispatched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, arrived just in time to join the battle on the second day. News of the two ironclads’ clash was carefully watched by naval observers from Europe. So many were interested not merely because of American naval ingenuity but also because the road to a clash of ironclad ships had been a long one with many entrants. The Dawn of Iron and Steam The idea of armoring ships was ancient, and gained serious attention from the dawn of muskets and cannons at sea. In the 16th and 17th centuries, as European warships grew increasingly large and heavily armed and their decks higher, it became common to use copper plating on sections of the hull. The challenge was technological: Nobody could design and manufacture a metal-hulled ship that would float. Everything below the waterline was wood. One early example of armoring a warship, which attracted much local comment at the time, was the Korean “turtle ship.” Japan from 1592–98 launched a vast, bloody, ultimately unsuccessful invasion of Korea, eventually losing a third of its 158,000-man invasion force. One of the weapons the Koreans deployed to great effect against the Japanese navy was the turtle ship. No contemporary depiction survives, so there is some controversy over exactly how the turtle ship was designed, but it is commonly believed that the ship covered its deck with armor and spikes, less as a defense against cannon fire than against muskets and boarding raids. The turtle ships are thought to have been rowed galleys rather than sailing ships, thus enabling the deck to be covered without masts. Both Korea and Japan isolated themselves from war or commerce with the outside world for two-and-a-half centuries after 1600, so the turtle ship’s secrets were lost. Iron-sided ships — whether wooden hulls clad in iron, or hulls made of iron — remained impractical so long as ships depended on wind to propel them. The advent of steam engines, first designed in the late 1700s and put into practical use in a paddle-wheel boat in 1807 by Robert Fulton, made it possible to build heavier ships. The first iron boats, built by the Laird shipyard in Liverpool, were steamers used in Ireland and Georgia. In 1832, the Lairds’ Alburkah became the first iron ship to make an ocean voyage, from Liverpool to West Africa. While steamboats came immediately to dominate river and harbor transport (making fortunes for men such as Cornelius Vanderbilt), it would be decades before they were seen as reliable ocean-going vessels. There were a variety of technical and economic reasons for this, including the cost and weight of the coal and the stability of boilers in a storm. The great leap forward for iron warships came in 1841 with the British Nemesis. The projection of British power by sea far outstripped all other nations by the 1830s, and the need for a nation with a tiny army to maintain its overseas commerce and empire drove the British to be early adopters of both wooden and iron steamboats as tools of empire and war. The first use of steamboats in a military campaign came in the First Anglo–Burmese War in 1826. The British steamer was confined to towing and ferrying warships and moving troops rather than fighting, but the effect of what the Burmese called the “fire devil” on the war was decisive. The East India Company, the private corporation that ruled India, was the Lairds’ top customer, buying nearly half of their iron steamers before 1841. Iron arrived just in time: Britain had cut down much of its remaining forest to build the navies of the Napoleonic Wars. With the outbreak of the First Opium War between Britain and China in 1837, the British had immediate naval superiority around coastal Chinese ports. To bring the war inland, however, required overcoming the vastly more numerous (if poorly equipped and motivated) Chinese army. The proponents of steamboats, led by Thomas Love Peacock, sprang into action. They convinced the aggressive foreign secretary, Lord Palmerston — the architect of the war — to deploy steam-powered gunboats to subdue the rivers that served as China’s commercial arteries. Gunboats were revolutionary: For the first time in human history, naval power could be projected upriver with speed and force. They would greatly extend the reach of European imperialism. The British were surprised to find paddle wheels in use in China, which they arrogantly ascribed to the “Oriental” gift for imitation. But they had it backwards: The Chinese had been using paddle wheels (powered by hand cranks turned by slaves) since the twelfth century, and the first prototype steamboats in Britain in 1788 had actually taken the idea from descriptions of Chinese paddle wheels. But in the 1840s, the Chinese were still turning their wheels by hand. Meanwhile, the Lairds were at work on a secret project: building six iron steam-powered gunboats. In March 1840, one of the six was ready: The Nemesis, a 184-foot iron-hulled paddle-wheel steamer with the world’s first watertight bulkheads. Much of the ship — deck, rudder, paddle wheel — was still wood, and the bridge was open to the air. The Nemesis became the first iron vessel to round the Cape of Good Hope, nearly sinking along the way. Only on January 7, 1841, was it finally sent into action in China, with devastating effect. A fleet of Chinese war junks was stationed upriver from Canton (now Guangzhou), in water too shallow for British sailing ships to enter. While the rest of the British fleet cut off their escape, the Nemesis steamed in and started launching Congreve rockets, swiftly destroying eleven junks. In an hour and a half, the Chinese suffered 280 dead and 462 wounded; the British did not lose a man. Complete naval superiority on the rivers would decide the war, shifting the balance of power in Asia in favor of the West for the rest of the century. The next test came in Mexico in 1843. Texas was not the only Mexican state to secede in 1835–36; it was just the only one to succeed. The war conducted by Mexican president Antonio López de Santa Anna to put down the secessionists raised its own tensions in the south, where the province of Yucatán particularly resented having to send troops to fight the faraway Texans. In 1839, Yucatán seceded. When Santa Anna blockaded the peninsula, Yucatán hired Texan-crewed and commanded ships from the Texas navy, which sailed against the orders of Texas president Sam Houston. Santa Anna’s navy responded by deploying the 183-foot ironclad Guadalupe, also built by the Lairds in Liverpool. Set to sea with a British captain and crew, the ship flew the Union Jack. Unfortunately for the Mexicans, the British captain died of yellow fever the night before the battle, and most of his experienced gunners were deathly ill of the disease. The Texans were unable to dent the Guadalupe, but they smashed one of its wooden paddle wheels and killed 47 of the crew. Santa Anna was thwarted by the Texans once again; Yucatán would return to the Mexican fold, but on its own terms. Detail of “The sinking of the “Cumberland by the iron clad “Merrimac”, off Newport News Va. March 8th 1862,” by F. Newman, Newport News, Va. The Arms Race Even with the development of fast-sailing clipper ships, the Age of Sail’s days were numbered. The British Royal Navy launched its last great sailing ship in 1848. The death-knell of both sail and wooden walls was sounded at the Battle of Sinop in November 1853. The Russian and Ottoman Empires went to war in October 1853, as they had done several times before, over disputes both religious and territorial. Russia’s invasion of Ottoman territory along the Danube (modern-day Romania) alarmed the neighboring Austrian Empire, but did not bring other powers into the war. Neither did the presence of the British and French fleets near Constantinople (now Istanbul), placed there to deter Russia from sailing into the Mediterranean. On November 30, 1853, the Russian Black Sea fleet staged a surprise raid on the Turkish fleet at Sinop, on the northern Turkish coast, with the aim of cutting off supplies to the Turkish army in the Caucasus. It was the first time explosive shells were used in naval combat, and they swiftly demonstrated that wooden ships could no longer stand up to naval bombardment, especially when fired by ships that had put on steam to close for combat. In an hour and a half, 2,700 Turkish sailors were killed, and the Turkish fleet was destroyed. Russia gained complete naval supremacy over the Black Sea. That, Britain and France would not tolerate. They declared war in early 1854, turning the Russo–Turkish conflict into what became the Crimean War, the bloodiest European conflict between 1815 and 1914. The governments of Britain and France both immediately recognized that their navies had become obsolete. Napoleon III ordered the building of armor-plated floating batteries, but these still had to be towed. Russia, behind the times, launched the world’s largest warship, the American-made wood-hulled frigate General Admiral in 1858; it had to be retired from service by 1873. An ironclad-warship arms race began, and the French won, laying down La Gloire, the first ironclad capital ship, in November 1859. It would take 13 months before the British caught up, launching the Warrior in December 1860. The arms race drove tensions between Britain and France, still nominally allies, to a fever pitch. Paranoia about a French invasion led to the construction of a series of coastal forts along the southern British coast after 1860, labeled “Palmerston’s follies” after the man now prime minister. Only when France was defeated by Prussia in 1870–71 would it become clear that Napoleon III’s massive investment in an ironclad fleet was a grave strategic misallocation of resources that could have been spent on his army. View on the deck of USS Monitor looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Va., July 9, 1862. At left is the turret, with the muzzle of one of the ship’s two XI-inch Dahlgren smoothbore guns. Dents in turret armor are from hits by Confederate heavy guns. The Race Comes to America Americans were slow to engage in the competition among the European powers, but the outbreak of the Civil War gave new urgency to sea power. The Union’s “Anaconda Plan” strategy depended upon a naval blockade of the Confederacy’s thousands of miles of coastline, most of which was bottled up by early 1862. Gunboats patrolled the rivers, playing a crucial role in Ulysses S. Grant’s capture of Forts Henry and Donelson in February, 1862. Blockade-running became a Confederate priority, but the Holy Grail of Confederate naval strategy was to force open a hole in the blockade. Nowhere was that more militarily crucial than in Chesapeake Bay, which controlled access both to Washington, D.C., and to the Confederate capital at Richmond. The bay’s outlet was protected by the Union-controlled Fortress Monroe. On April 20, 1861, a week after the surrender of Fort Sumter, the commander of the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Va., (located where the James River flows into Chesapeake Bay) concluded that his position was indefensible and torched the place. The Confederates, moving in, found the hull of the burned Merrimac intact. Under orders from Confederate Navy secretary Stephen Mallory, they began rebuilding it as a new weapon, rolling railroad ties flat into iron plating. Unlike the Nemesis, constructed halfway around the world from its war zone in the years before the telegraph, the building of a Confederate ironclad was no secret. Gideon Welles, the former newspaperman serving as Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of the navy, set the Union to developing its own ironclad ship in Brooklyn. Both sides knew they were in a race against time. The Confederates won, by one day. On March 8, 1862, the Virginia steamed into the harbor against three Union sailing ships and two steamers. Two-hundred-and-seventy-five feet long, shaped like a shoebox with rows of guns protruding on each side and no masts, the Virginia was an evolution of traditional ship design. Its success was almost as dramatic as that of the Nemesis. The Virginia sank the sailing ship c**berland, finishing it off by ramming it. Everything old is new again: Ramming was a favored tactic of rowed galleys and triremes in the ancient world, but sailing ships could not generate the closing speed to ram. Under fire, the sailing ship Congress surrendered. A steam frigate, the Minnesota, ran aground, and the Virginia’s captain planned to finish it off the next morning. The Union shells seemed to bounce right off the Virginia. Two hundred and forty Union sailors were killed; the Navy would not lose two ships in the same day again until Pearl Harbor. Lincoln held a cabinet meeting the next morning, at which a stack of alarmed telegrams were reviewed. This was still early in the war, before Robert E. Lee a**umed command of the army of Northern Virginia, before Shiloh introduced mass-casualty battles and opened the Mississippi valley to conquest. Things had all been going the Union’s way since the Confederate victory at Bull Run the prior July. The Union’s leadership was still inexperienced with setbacks. Edwin Stanton, just two months into his tenure as Secretary of War, flew into a panic, warning that the Virginia would terrorize the East Coast. It was, Stanton said, “Not unlikely, we shall have a shell or a cannonball from one of her guns in the White House before we leave this room.” He wanted ships sunk to block the Potomac. Fortunately, Mary Louvestre, a freed slave working as a seamstress for one of the engineers on the Virginia, had rushed to Washington in secret in February to tell Welles that the ship was almost ready. Armed with Louvestre’s intelligence, Welles ordered the Monitor to sea without even a commission or a crew. It had to be towed for the ocean voyage, and like the Nemesis, almost sank on the way. It arrived just too late to join the action on March 8. Unlike the jerry-rigged Virginia, the Monitor was designed from scratch to be a revolutionary ironclad warship. It was the work of John Ericsson, a brilliant naval innovator who was confident enough in his design to agree to build the ship at his own financial risk; Welles would pay him only if it worked. The Union war effort featured many immigrants, but Ericsson was unusual because he came from Sweden, a country that banned emigration until 1840. Not until the Swedish famine of 1867–69 would Swedes begin to come to America in significant numbers. Ericsson’s design incorporated one of his prior inventions: the undersea screw propeller. The screw was superior in a number of ways to the paddle wheel, but never more so than in combat, where a shot to the paddle wheel could swiftly disable a warship. Ericsson also added a brand-new element: the rotating turret, which would not only revolutionize naval design but would, much later, be essential to the construction of tanks. The 179-foot ship’s “cheese-box on a platter” layout looked nothing like any ship anyone had seen before. The Confederates were stunned at its appearance at Hampton Roads. The duel of the Monitor and the Virginia, commencing early on the morning of March 9, was inconclusive. While both ended up inflicting more damage than was immediately apparent, neither could disable the other in an engagement that featured two hours of heavy fire. The Monitor temporarily withdrew after its captain was briefly blinded by a hit to the wheelhouse, and the Virginia fled to avoid being beached at low tide. Strategically, however, the battle was a major Union victory, securing control of Hampton Roads and the outlet of Chesapeake Bay for the rest of the war. Reports of the battle confirmed what naval reformers had been arguing since Sinop. The London Times, referencing the Warrior and Britain’s other new ironclad, wrote: Whereas we had available for immediate purposes one hundred and forty-nine first-class warships, we now have two. . . . There is not now a ship in the English navy apart from these two that it would not be madness to trust to an engagement with that little Monitor. Eager to get more firsthand reports, the Royal Navy dispatched a ship to loiter in the area to watch the rematch; the French navy sent two ships to do the same. But the Virginia never fought again. It sailed with a supporting force of six ships on April 11, but the Monitor would not come out to give battle, and the Confederates would not risk the open sea. On May 9, after George McClellan had landed a Union army on the peninsula, Lincoln came to Fortress Monroe to visit the front and was stunned to discover that McClellan had no plan in place to attack the now-surrounded Norfolk naval base. Lincoln was still deferential to his generals at this stage of the war, but leaving the Confederate naval super-weapon at large was too much to tolerate. Lincoln personally commandeered a tugboat and went ashore himself on enemy soil to scout for a good place for McClellan to land troops, an unprecedented bit of hands-on presidential daring in a war zone. Two days later, with Union troops closing in, the Virginia was scuttled by its own crew a second time, this time for good. The Monitor sank in a storm at the end of 1862. Ironclad ships would quickly become the order of the day. The Monitor proved inexpensive to build and replicate, and would form a key part of the Union navy, which laid down 58 ironclad ships before the war was over. The Confederates built 21 ironclads, mainly modeled on the Virginia, but to less effect. a***ysis of the Russian program for building ironclads, begun in 1863, revealed that it cost three times as much to refit a wooden ship with iron as it did to build a new Monitor. The key elements of Ericsson’s ship design would form the basis of most of Western naval construction for the next century, widening the gulf between Western and non-Western sea power until Japan caught up. In 1865, Spain’s Numancia became the first ironclad warship to cross the ocean, reaching the west coast of South America in time to participate in a war against Peru and Chile. The last ride of the wooden-walled navy came in 1866, in the Battle of Lissa in the Austro–Prussian War. Italy, fighting on the Prussian side with a newly minted fleet of twelve ironclads and 17 wooden ships in support, faced off against seven ironclad and eleven wooden Austrian ships, the first-ever battle of ironclads in the open sea. Confident of victory, the Italians even brought along Ippolito Caffi, a gifted Venetian painter, to capture the action from the Italian flagship. Italy, however, was plagued by internal rivalry among its commanders, poor coordination (the Italians shifted their flag at the last minute, unbeknownst to the ships looking to it for signals), and poor gunnery, with one key broadside fired without shot having been loaded. The Austrians rammed and sank two of the Italian ironclads, sending Caffi and the crew of the former flagship to the bottom in two minutes. The wooden Kaiser rammed another Italian ship, hitting its target with such force that its masthead was embedded in the other ship’s deck. It would be the last time that ramming was used in a major naval engagement; the Virginia’s revival of the tactic was quickly outpaced by advances in naval gunnery. Since that day at Hampton Roads, navies have never been the same. read more

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Qatar calls beach volleyball bikini row ‘propaganda’ – Yahoo Sports

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The organiser of a beach volleyball tournament in Qatar called a dispute over a dress code which would have banned bikinis “propaganda” as matches got underway in Doha on Monday.

Qatar had faced criticism from some players last month after the International Volleyball Federation updated its official dress code to require women wear a “short sleeve t-shirt… and wear knee-long sports shorts”.

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Salma Hayek has set the internet alight after sharing a stunning, bare-faced swimwear shot to Instagram.

Being covered in water might not be many people’s ideal social media share, but the Frida star was more than happy to show off her natural beauty in the image.

Posing in a dark red swimsuit, her damp hair slicked back, the actor kept her eyes closed as she pulled her knees into her chest and enjoyed the feel of the water on her skin.

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Nikki Haley says Trump won’t run again: “He’s fallen so far”

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that she does not believe former President Trump will run for federal office again in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, telling Politico in an extensive profile: “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”Why it matters: Haley has left little doubt that she will run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. The profile by Politico’s Tim Alberta painted the picture of a staunch Republican who has wavered between defending and condemning her former boss — who still holds massive influence within the party’s base.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Behind the scenes: “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record,” Alberta wrote. “I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, a**ociates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”The big picture: In December, before the Capitol riot, Haley defended Trump’s refusal to concede defeat to Joe Biden and his indulgence in election conspiracy theories, blaming his lawyers for doing him “a disservice” by not telling him the truth of his loss.“I understand the president. I understand that genuinely, to his core, he believes he was wronged,” Haley told Politico in December. “This is not him making it up.”She equated Trump’s perception of the false election claims to a colorblind person, saying: “That would be like you saying that grass is blue and you genuinely believing it. Is it irresponsible that you’re colorblind and you truly believe that?”“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election. He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it,” she added.After the riot, Haley told Politico in a subsequent interview that Trump had “let us down,” referring to Republicans.“He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she said. “And we can’t let that ever happen again.” The former governor of South Carolina specifically criticized Trump for turning on Vice President Pence in his campaign to force him to overturn the Electoral College vote, even though Pence lacked that constitutional authority to begin with.”I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him,” Haley said. “Like, I’m disgusted by it.”Yes, but: Despite her harsh words for Trump’s actions, Haley said that she believes impeachment is a “waste of time.” Instead, she said Trump’s isolation from mainstream politics is enough of a punishment.”I think his business is suffering at this point. I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”Worthy of your time: Read the full profile Go deeper: Nikki Haley’s new PAC steers clear of Trump brandLike this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free. read more

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