These Hot Hollywood Stars Have the Best Beach Bodies of 2018

Celebrities often escape to a beach getaway to celebrate a new year. At the beginning of 2018, we’ve already seen a number of celebrities baring their beach bodies, and they’re looking hotter than ever. Though celebrities like Demi Lovato and Hilary Duff may have received body shame in 2017, they’ve proven that confidence is your best accessory in a swimsuit.

We dare you not to stare at these 15 hot Hollywood stars with the best beach bodies of 2018.

1. Demi Lovato

Demi embraces her curves as much as possible. | Demi Lovato via Instagram

Demi Lovato started off 2018 the best way possible: with body positivity. She looks radiant in her striped black-and-white one piece. Even though Lovato claims to be “insecure about legs in this picture,” we think she looks as gorgeous as ever. Her caption not only affirms that she’s on the path to recovery, but she inspires her followers to love their own bodies:

So, I’m insecure about my legs in this picture but I’m posting it because I look so happy and this year I’ve decided I’m letting go of my perfectionism and embracing freedom from self criticism. Learning to love my body the way it is is challenging but life changing. Giving up my eating disorder has been the most challenging journey of my life but I work every day towards solid recovery even if I mess up sometimes. Today I’m feeling strong. You all can do it too. It IS possible. Thank you God for this new chapter in my life.

Next: He might be more attractive the older he gets.

2. Mark Wahlberg

He’s got abs for days. | AU Showbiz via YouTube

Mark Wahlberg may be a father, but getting a dad bod isn’t on his agenda. The actor traveled south to Barbados for a beach getaway just before the new year, and he was looking hunky as ever.

Next: Her husband probably didn’t mind being her photographer.

3. Ciara

She looked stunning while on vacation. | Ciara via Instagram

Ciara was obviously feeling herself in this swimsuit, and we don’t blame her. The 32-year-old singer looked positively stunning in an itty bitty black bikini. She and her husband, NFL star Russell Wilson, escaped to the beach at the beginning of 2018. Wilson was likely her personal photographer on the trip — and we’re sure he didn’t mind being behind the camera.

Next: She’s holding nothing back.

4. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is 100 percent confident in a bikini. | Lady Gaga via Instagram

Excuse us while we pick our jaws up from the floor. Lady Gaga’s body is looking amazing, and she wanted her Instagram followers to know it. She wished everyone a “Happy New Year!” in her caption, and she looks like she’s getting her year started off feeling happy, healthy, confident.

Next: His tattoos and muscles look great together.

5. Justin Bieber

We have a feeling 2018 will be a good year for Justin Bieber. Not only is he back with his long-time girlfriend, Selena Gomez, but he entered the new year with his body in serious shape. He spent the holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and without his shirt on, he was easily spotted with his recognizable tattoos. Although they weren’t photographed together, Gomez was spending New Year’s at the same beach with friends. Coincidence? We think not.

Next: She looks adorable yet sexy.

6. Olivia Munn

Olivia is giving us summer swimsuit insp. | Olivia Munn via Instagram

Olivia Munn is no stranger to posting Instagram photos of herself in swimsuits, and we’re not mad about it. She’s looking amazing in this adorable, cherry-adorned one piece, which perfectly accentuates her curves. We’re betting lots of ladies will be copying this Punta Cana look in 2018.

Next: She has every right to show off her body.

7. Alessandra Ambrosio

She looked incredible on the beach. | Alessandra Amrosio via Instagram

Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio has every right to show off her body while on vacation during the start of 2018. Not only is she in great shape, but it looks like she has her mind in the right place, too. She posted this photo to Instagram, and wrote, “May 2018 be full of prosperity, infinite possibilities of love, freedom and happiness!”

Next: He’s not letting himself get a case of dad bod.

8. David Beckham

This hot dad looks better than ever. | TMZ via YouTube

Yet another famous dad who’s keeping the dad bod away? David Beckham. He was having some fun in the water with boogie board in-hand, and was looking good while doing it. It’s hard to believe he’s the father to 18-year-old Brooklyn Beckham, because the two of them are looking more alike by the day.

Next: She’s looking like one hot mama.

9. Britney Spears

Britney’s beach bod is enviable. | Britney Spears via Instagram

Hot mama! While on vacation with her sons in Hawaii, Britney Spears took some time to show off her toned body. The 36-year-old looks younger than ever in her yellow bikini and sunhat, but it was one more accessory that had people talking.

Spears was spotted wearing a diamond ring while hitting the beach, so rumors of engagement to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, 23, have inevitably surfaced. Either way, we’re happy for her, because she definitely seems to be living her best life.

Next: She’s looking confident, happy, and gorgeous.

10. Cassie

Happy looks amazing on her. | Cassie via Instagram

Speaking of gorgeous celebrities living their best lives, that’s exactly what Cassie’s doing to start out the new year. The singer posted this photo of herself at the beach, with the caption, “I will spend the rest of my life living my best life” — and it definitely seems like she’s sticking to that philosophy. Aside from her killer body, the first thing we noticed was how confident and happy she looks.

Next: His silly face isn’t distracting us from his body.

11. Hugh Jackman

Looking good and having fun. | NEW TOP SHOWBIZ via YouTube

Hugh Jackman may be making a silly face, but that can’t distract us from his chiseled bod. The Australian native spent some time in his home country while running in a very Baywatch-esque manner along Bondi Beach, which put him on the radar as one of the best beach bodies in 2018.

Next: She’s proving one-pieces can be sexy.

12. Molly Sims

She looks 20 at 44. | Molly Sims via Instagram

This photo of Molly Sims is proof that one-pieces can be even sexier than a two-piece. We love how Sims accessorized with the hat and sunnies, which enhanced her beachy vibes while ringing in the new year. The 44-year-old posted this photo to Instagram on the eve of 2018, writing, “See y’all next year.”

Next: He’s sexy and inspirational all in one.

13. Shemar Moore

He flaunted his toned body at the beach. | Shemar Moore via Instagram

Shemar Moore was looking seriously handsome on the beach while celebrating the new year. He’s definitely comfortable showing off his ripped body on Instagram, so it’s safe to say he’s earned the title of one of the hottest beach bodies of 2018. In this video, the Criminal Minds star wished his followers a Happy New Year while reminding them, “Tomorrow’s the first day of the rest of your life.”

Next: She’s looking picturesque in her red swimsuit.

14. LeAnn Rimes

She looked fresh and confident. | LeAnn Rimes via Instagram

LeAnn Rimes looked picturesque in a stunning red one-piece by the water on Jan. 10, 2018. The singer was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with her husband, Eddie Cibrian, and we have to admit we’re a bit jealous. She captioned the photo, “Oh, Heavenly Day!” — and that’s exactly what it looks like.

Next: She shut down those body shamers.

15. Hilary Duff

Talk about a hot mamma. | Entertainment Tonight via YouTube

Hilary Duff is feeling good in a bikini! The star looked absolutely fabulous while roaming the beach with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie, and their son, Luca, 5. She may have recently dealt with body shamers, but her body and her confidence are definitely radiating.

Earlier in 2017, Duff shared a photo of herself in a swimsuit holding her son, with her backside to the camera. She wrote an inspiring message to her followers:

I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages. I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. Since websites and magazines love to share “celeb flaws” — well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, lets be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed.

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40 Celebrities Over 40 with Amazing Beach Bodies

Celebrities seem to age on a different timeline than mere mortals. When we’re starting to see wrinkles around our eyes in our 20s and spotting those first gray hairs just a few years later, they’re magically lineless and perfectly-coiffed, often looking decades younger than their chronological age. Perhaps even more impressive is our favorite stars’ seemingly magical ability to maintain their fit physiques well into middle age, keeping beach-ready bodies in their 40s, 50s, and beyond. From head to toe, these over-40 celebrities are more physically fit than individuals half their age, and are sure to motivate you to hit the gym. And when you want to turn back the clock, discover the 20 Best Ways to Give Your Dad the Gift of Time.

1 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, who will turn 49 this year, looks fitter than she did 20 years ago, and isn’t afraid to don skimpy attire that shows off her hard work. So, how does the mom of two do it? In addition to eschewing caffeine and alcohol, the Tracy Anderson Method devotee says that she prioritizes a good night’s rest and proper hydration. “I love the way working out makes me feel, so I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout,” she tells Hello. “That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day.”

2 Hugh Jackman

Wolverine didn’t get those eye-popping abs overnight. Hugh Jackman, 49, sticks to a low-carbohydrate diet when he’s not working out and hits the heavy weights to get his jacked physique, according to trainer David Kingsbury. And when you want to improve your own physical fitness, start with these 40 Ways to Get a Great Beach Body After 40.

3 Halle Berry

51-year-old Halle Berry’s ageless face and figure have earned her a spot on countless “best bodies” lists since she started her career nearly 30 years ago. What’s the key to Berry’s ultra-fit physique? “No sugar, no carbs—nothing white,” Berry said of her ketogenic diet on Kelly & Ryan. “You don’t eat sugar and you train your body to burn healthy fats.”

4 Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe may be even fitter at 43 than he was 20 years earlier. The actor’s secret is a 90-minute workout created by trainer Happy Hill, which the actor completes five days a week. ” Eat right and get to the gym,” Phillippe tells Muscle & Fitness. “I’ve never gotten lazy about that.”And if you want to kick off your own slimdown, star with these 20 Surprising Weight-Loss Tips That Anyone Can Do.

5 Sofia Vergara

45-year-old Sofia Vergara has managed to maintain her famous curves while staying in beach-ready shape, thanks to regular workouts. Her trainer, Jennifer Yates, tells Marie Claire that the star opts for short workouts on a spin bike, walking, and weights, combined with a diet that allows her to indulge—in moderation, of course.

6 Terry Crews

Terry Crews’ plan for staying ripped is undeniably rigorous, but surprisingly doable. The 49-year-old Brooklyn Nine-Nine star combines heavy weight lifting, four-mile runs, and intermittent fasting to maintain his super-fit physique.

7 Gabrielle Union

How does 45-year-old Gabrielle Union stay in bikini-ready shape all year long? Union credits Pilates, portion control, and drinking a gallon of water each and every day with helping her stay on top of her fitness game. And when you’re ready to start getting fit, try one of these 30 Workouts That Burn More Than 500 Calories an Hour.

8 John Stamos

At age 53, John Stamos’ amazing body is putting men half his age to shame. In an interview with the LA Times, the Fuller House star revealed that the key to his lean, yet muscular physique, was a combination of Pilates and swimming.

9 Eva Longoria

Rocking a bikini at 43 may take a lot of confidence, but fortunately for Eva Longoria, she’s got a lot to be confident about. The actress doesn’t mince words when it comes to how she stays so enviably fit, however: “There is no secret,” she tells Vogue Australia. “It’s diet and exercise.”

10 Tony Goldwyn

Scandal star Tony Goldwyn is as fit as ever at 58. How does he do it? Healthy food—including lots of protein—as well as regular workouts to maintain his signature on-screen sex appeal. “I have to stay in reasonably good shape so that I’m in striking distance of not being humiliated,” he tells People.

11 Heidi Klum

45-year-old Heidi Klum is every bit as bikini-ready as she was when she was posing for Sports Illustrated. Her recipe for success, according to nutritionist Oz Garcia, is a clean, protein- and veggie-rich diet, combined with daily exercise.

12 Tim McGraw

At 51, country star Tim McGraw has abs men half his age would envy. The key to his jacked body? Running, weight lifting, and a water-based resistance workout that combines elements of martial arts and CrossFit.

13 Salma Hayek

51-year-old Salma Hayek doesn’t just look great for her age, she looks great, period. While Hayek has admitted that she’s not a huge fan of working out, she makes sure her diet is full of healthy fat to fuel her body and maintain her ageless look. “I think people are afraid of fat,” the actress tells Extra. “And fat is your friend.”

14 Jared Leto

At 46, Jared Leto, with his washboard abs and lineless face, could easily pass for a man 20 years younger. The 30 Seconds to Mars’ front man credits the vegan diet he’s adhered to since he was in his early 20s for his lean look.

15 Kim Cattrall

At 61, Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall looks fitter than ever. Her recipe for maintaining her beach-ready figure is simple, however. “I take care of myself, which includes dieting and minimizing stress and exercising,” she tells Women & Home, joking that she’s “been on a diet since 1974.”

16 Ryan Kwanten

41-year-old actor Ryan Kwanten is making his 40s look fabulous. The former True Blood star’s secret? Ditching alcohol and refined carbs when he’s trying to lose weight and varying his workouts, opting for body weight exercises, trail running, cycling, and even bowling.

17 Brooke Burke

46-year-old Brooke Burke isn’t shy about showing off her figure in a swimsuit, and with good reason. She credits her enviable body with never skipping meals and a combination of Pilates, running, and a full-body workout routine created by her trainer, Gregory Joujon-Roche.

18 Christopher Meloni

Former SVU star Christopher Meloni isn’t afraid to hit the beach shirtless, and who could blame him? The 57-year-old star stays fit with regular weight-bearing workouts, including “CrossFit-type stuff” and a Navy Seal workout.

19 Yolanda Hadid

54-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid is every bit as fit as when she was working as a model in her 20s. The key to her fabulous physique? Oats for breakfast, salad for lunch, and veggies at dinnertime, according to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

20 David Beckham

How does 43-year-old David Beckham stay so fit after retiring from soccer? The key is in his high-intensity interval workout, which includes sprinting and short runs that achieve specifically-targeted heart rates.

21 Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow’s body is enviably bikini-ready at 45, thanks to an intense combination of diet and exercise. In addition to regular 80-degree workouts with trainer Tracy Anderson, Paltrow starts her day with a smoothie with almond milk, coconut oil, Moon Juice dust, and mushroom protein, and opts for salads for lunch.

22 Daniel Dae Kim

49-year-old Daniel Dae Kim always looks beach-ready, and has his grueling workout routine to thank. Kim credits tennis, running, Pilates, yoga, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and consistency for his look. “I’ve found that it’s important to do 30 minutes every day, as opposed to a 2-hour workout one day followed by a day or two off,” he tells Men’s Health.

23 Elizabeth Hurley

52-year-old Elizabeth Hurley knows a thing or two about maintaining a beach body: she does have her own swimwear line, after all. While she tells The Cut that she doesn’t stick to any particular workout plan, she says that consistency is key, whether she’s hiking, taking Pilates classes, or just doing some weight-bearing exercise at home.

24 Gerard Butler

48-year-old Gerard Butler’s secret for getting and staying fit? A weight-heavy workout, including bench presses, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, pull-ups, and box jumps.

25 Jada Pinkett Smith

How does Jada Pinkett Smith stay so fit at 46? The mom of two tells Shape that she and her family team up for workouts, whether they’re hitting the gym, breaking out their surfboards, or hitting the slopes for some snowboarding.

26 Blair Underwood

53-year-old Blair Underwood isn’t letting middle age mean he’s getting soft. In addition to cleansing when he needs to drop weight fast, Underwood reveals that he does regular weight-bearing workouts.

27 Vanessa Williams

55-year-old Vanessa Williams rocks a bikini like nobody’s business. Her secret? It’s all in what she eats. After starting her day with lemon water, the actress opts for a whole-grain bar for breakfast, kale salad for lunch, and indulges with some popcorn and ice cream as snacks.

28 Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto is looking fitter than ever at 41. However, the Star Trek actor’s plan is surprisingly simple: “I love to run with my dog,” he tells People.

29 Mel B

How does 43-year-old Mel B maintain her Spice Girl shape all these years later? She cut out alcohol, joined Jenny Craig to help with portion control, and hit the gym hard, the combination of which recently helped her shed 30 pounds.

30 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson’s ripped physique means he’s always looking beach-ready. The key to staying fit at 46 is an intense bodybuilding workout in addition to a diet that tops out at over 5,000 calories a day.

31 Brooke Shields

53-year-old Brooke Shields works hard for her shape and isn’t afraid to show it off in a bikini. How does she do it? A combination of spinning and yoga.

32 Neil Patrick Harris

44-year-old Neil Patrick Harris still wows when he dons his swimsuit. The secret, he tells Men’s Journal, is training for longevity rather than fitness alone, opting for core exercises, bodyweight exercises, and training to promote flexibility.

33 Elle Macpherson

54-year-old Elle Macpherson isn’t letting the aging process keep her from showing off her physique. The supermodel opts for a combination of water-based sports, like surfing, waterskiing, and paddle boarding, ensuring she exercises for at least 45 minutes a day.

34 Jason Statham

Jason Statham looks as fit at 50 as he did two decades earlier. In addition to hitting the gym hard with a variety of intense workouts, the actor credits clean, protein-rich foods, like nuts, beans, chicken, and fish, for maintaining his body.

35 Sharon Stone

At 60, Sharon Stone is still slaying in a swimsuit. The key to her look? A combination of yoga, dance, and strength training.

36 Gordon Ramsay

51-year-old celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay recently shed a staggering 56 pounds and has the washboard abs to prove it. The secret to his success is no secret at all: he cut out unhealthy food, started biking, and added some weight training to his routine.

37 Kris Jenner

62-year-old Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner looks every bit as good in a bikini as her selfie-happy daughters. Kris reportedly starts her day with a workout, often getting up as early as 4:30 to hit the gym.

38 Sting

66-year-old Sting’s body is every bit as fit as it was back in the ’80s. The key is consistency, including a macrobiotic diet and regular yoga workouts.

39 Christie Brinkley

64-year-old Christie Brinkley looks every bit as good in a swimsuit as she did during her early modeling days. The model credits three key factors for maintaining her look: a vegetarian diet, yoga, and weight-bearing Total Gym workouts.

40 Mark Wahlberg

At 46, Mark Wahlberg is just as fit as he was when he was dropping trou for Calvin Klein. The key to those muscles? A protein-rich diet, basketball, and weight training. And for more stars keeping it fit, check out these 50 Amazing Over-40 Bodies.

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We have had enough of that ‘size zero’ figure. Wafer thin models and celebrities selling a superficial image to the masses. Times are changing and curvaceous is back. Biz is buzzing with more and more bootylicious bodies that have brought the hourglass figure back in limelight. Curvaceous and proud, here we take a look at some of the hottest curvy celebrities.

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44-year-old mom, Drew Barrymore was never sorry about her round figure.

19. Kim Kardashian

Known for her famous behind, Kim Kardashian is the epitome of hourglass body.

18. Beyonce

Bootylicious Beyonce simply loves her curves. She is quite disciplined about her smokin’ figure.

17. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has always advocated healthy body image. She once commented, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong – not thin and underfed.”

16. Christina Hendricks

After gaining 15 pounds during a project in Italy, “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks had to say, “I loved how it changed my appearance and how it made me look more womanly and sexy.”

15. Jennifer Lopez

We wonder how Jennifer Lopez maintains that bootylicious figure despite being mother of two!

14. Salma Hayek

With a super sexy accent and drool-worthy curves, Salma Hayek is one fantasy woman.

13. Kat Dennings

The beautiful Kat Dennings looks stunning with those natural curves.

12. America Ferrera

The ‘Ugly Betty’ star, America Ferrara can be seen flaunting her famous figure at Screen Actors Guild Awards.

11. Tyra Banks

We simply love supermodel Tyra Banks’s jaw-dropping curves!

10. Jennifer Love Hewitt

Highly criticized for her body, Jennifer Love Hewitt sticks with her notion of a healthy body.

9. Mariska Hargitay

Daughter of Jayne Mansfield, no wonder Mariska Hargitay is one curvaceous beauty.

8. Eva Mendes

Hottie Eva Mendes simply loves her voluptuous figure. She said, “I love my curves and I embrace them.”

7. Scarlett Johansson

Pretty Scarlett Johansson said in an interview, “I’m curvy – I’m never going to be 5’ 11” and 120 pounds. But I feel lucky to have what I’ve got.”

6. Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet has always been one bold curvaceous actress. In an interview with British GQ she said, “All I know from the men I’ve ever spoken to is…they like girls to have an arse on them.”

5. Shakira

Shakira’s hips surely do not lie and she is proud of that!

4. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey loves to flaunt her curves, whether it’s her music videos or stage performances.

Rihanna adores her curves. In 2011 she told Vogue, “I just feel sexy…I don’t want to get rid of the curves.”

2. Kate Upton

Hottest among curvy celebrities, supermodel Kate Upton told Vogue, “I love my body. It’s what God gave me!”

1. Kelly Brook

British actress Kelly Brook said in an interview that having a “bit of meat on my bones” makes her feel sexier.

Photo: Corbis

Slate history blog The Vault has unearthed a fascinating old Hollywood artifact: Photoplay magazine’s 1931 “Best Figure in Hollywood” contest. “To a modern viewer sensitive to body issues this article seems abhorrent,” The Vault’s Anne Helen Petersen writes. Beside a chart of 21 leading ladies’ ages, weights, and measurements, four judges discuss each actress’ best and worst parts.

Click to enlarge. Photo: Public domain

“Like many Scandinavians, Miss Garbo has a large frame. Undoubtedly, her bones weigh heavily. Already, as a matter of fact, her measurements exceed what generally is considered perfect for her height,” one judge notes. “Nevertheless, I am satisfied that Greta Garbo is an exception and that she would be far more beautiful, beautiful to the point of being glorious, if she were heavier. I see her as a goddess, a golden Juno.”

The judges conclude that 26-year-old Mexican crossover actress Dolores Del Rio had the best body: “Her selection definitely establishes the superiority of the roundly turned, warmly curved figure. She is a far hail from the straight up and down type.” According to Photoplay, Del Rio was 5’$2 4.5” tall and weighed 120 lbs. Her measurements were 33–25–36.5.

Del Rio got her start as a dancer. In the late ‘40s she befriended Eva Peron. Photo: Corbis

Though jarring in its frankness, the “Best Figure in Hollywood” assessment also contains a pseudo-scientific explanation about “health” that resembles the concern-trolling body judgments of modern tabloids. Photoplay quotes doctors on the actress’ target weights and explains,”Beauty is what it always has been and always will be, the result of health.”

A major player in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Dolores Del Rio started as a silent film actress then transitioned to talkies. She was married three times, but her most famous relationship was a famously romantic four-year affair with director Orson Welles.


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As much as we hate the term “bikini body”—if you have a body and wear a bikini, you’ve got one!—it’s hard not to get a little inspired and excited for summer by peeking the best bikini bodies on Instagram.

It’s not just celebrities who are attracting hundreds of thousands of followers thanks to their killer bikini bods—bloggers, athletes, models, and a new wave of beach-loving Instagram stars are all using the platform to share their best bikini snaps—and, hey, if you’ve got it, why not ’Gram it?

There’s Tash Oakley, the Australian blogger with 1.9 million followers, which she gained by sharing bathing-suit selfies (yep, she wears a swimsuit that well), Jessica Stein, a travel and style Instagram star with 2.6 million followers, who evokes wanderlust with her photos taken exclusively in exotic destinations, and more genetically blessed influencers who (judging by their social media diaries) seem to live in swimwear.

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That’s just the beginning, though: Ahead, we short-list the 50 best bikini bodies on Instagram right now, in no particular order.

1. Frida Aasaen

Location: New York
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2. Mimi Elashiry

Location: Australia
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3. Rocky Barnes

Location: Los Angeles
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4. Jessica Stein

Location: Sydney, Australia
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5. Dani Bonnor

Location: Australia
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6. Devin Brugman

Location: Sydney, Australia
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7. Alina Baikova

Location: New York
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8. Carmen Lilly

Location: New York
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9. Jenah Yamamoto

Location: Los Angeles
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Location: Los Angeles
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11. Greta Rose

Location: Hawaii
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12. Gabi Greg

Location: Los Angeles
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13. Alexis Ren

Location: Los Angeles
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14. Mahina Alexander

Location: Hawaii and Australia
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15. Pia Muehlenbeck

Location: Australia
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16. Natasha Oakley

Location: Los Angeles and Paris
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17. Olivia Lopez

Location: Los Angeles
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18. Frédérique Harrel

Location: United Kingdom
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19. Bridget Malcolm

Location: Australia
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Location: Los Angeles
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21. Jessie Andrews

Location: Los Angeles
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22. Jerae Nicole

Location: New York City and Charleston
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23. Caitlyn Paterson

Location: Australia
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24. Hannah Ferguson

Location: New York
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25. Nicole Isaacs

Location: Los Angeles
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26. Nikisha Riley

Location: Los Angeles
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27. Karri Nicholas

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
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28. Rosanna Cordoba

Location: Colombia
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29. Sophia Chong

Location: Singapore
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31. Racquel Natasha

Location: Canada
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32. Izi Simundic

Location: London and Australia
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33. Samantha Wennerstrom

Location: California
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34. Nataly Valdes

Location: California
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35. Jaimie Sullivan Campbell

Location: Hawaii
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36. Beatriz Fernández

Location: Spain
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37. Kalani Miller

Location: Hawaii
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38. Helen Janneson Bense

Location: Perth, Australia
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39. Caroline Kelley

Location: New York and Los Angeles
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Location: Hawaii
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41. Anastasia Ashley

Location: California
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42. Chelsea Yamase

Location: Hawaii
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43. Judy Sterling

Location: Toronto, Canada
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44. Bree Kleintop

Location: Los Angeles
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45. Eryn Krouse

Location: Los Angeles
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46. Kyra Santoro

Location: Los Angeles
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47. Kelsey White

Location: Los Angeles
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48. Ashley Skye

Location: Los Angeles
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49. Jennifer Grace

Location: California
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A version of this article was originally published in June 2015.

  • 1 / 32Chevron Chevron Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, June 2009 Gisele Bündchen

    The phrase “bikini body” has come a long way since it first became popularized in the early ’60s. Once a beacon of impossible beauty standards, with the onset of social media and growing awareness surrounding unhealthy ideals, the term now (finally!) carries new meaning. With empowered stars such as Paloma Elsesser leading the way, inspiring body positive movements have ascended to the forefront and driven home the fact that beauty isn’t—nor has it ever been—one size fits all.

    Living by her own standards, Marilyn Monroe, who often flashed her career-making curves in a two-piece swimsuit on the sand, pioneered a legacy of women who’ve cemented their place in history as present-day Venuses. From the toned, mile-long limbs of Veruschka and Gigi Hadid, to the buxom shapes of Kim Kardashian West and Ashley Graham, and the chiseled frames of Serena Williams and Gisele Bündchen, the best bodies to ever set foot on the beach defy a singular ideal, instead acting as a reminder that the only asset for pulling off a gingham two-piece or simple maillot is unbridled confidence.

    Just in time for the Memorial Day kick-off to summer, here are 32 bodacious bombshells worth celebrating.

    We’re probably spending a lot of time at HIIT classes or devoting a whole lot of energy to the keto diet. But what if it turned out that looking like a Victoria’s Secret Model wasn’t the ideal body type and we’ve been doing all of this for absolutely nothing? Well, not nothing…

    We’ve all heard the sweet sounding sentiment, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Writers love to write it, and women love to hear it. And while we’re not here to get into a philosophical discussion about whether or not it’s true, we are here to ask one question: Does science say beauty is objective?

    Apparently, it does.

    Science Will Surprise You

    A 2016 study from The University of Texas at Austin revealed there is an actual ideal body type for women when it comes to perceived attractiveness, but it doesn’t look like a typical model walking the runway. It has to do with specific body fat distribution in the shape of an hourglass, as measured by waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). According to the study, a low waist-to-hip ratio indicates high fertility and low long-term health risks. While many argue beauty standards vary with each race and culture, the effect of WHR on female attractiveness has now been studied and reported for almost 20 ethnic/culture groups.

    Dr. Devendra Singh, who authored the paper on the study, writes: “The evidence summarized in this paper demolishes the myth that beauty is ever-changing, skin-deep, and superficial. The attractiveness judgment based on figures defined by waist-to-hip ratio is a robust phenomenon evident in various cultures. I have presented data to establish that the allure of the hourglass figure is “programmed” in the human mind because it provides important biological information about a woman’s youthfulness, health status, and fertility.”

    The allure of the hourglass figure is programmed in the human mind because it provides important biological information about a woman’s youthfulness, health status, and fertility.

    The study found that the ideal waist-to-hip ratio was 0.7, meaning the ideal waist is approximately 30% smaller than the hips. When it comes to overall bust-waist-hip ratio, it varies with height and weight. For example:

    • 34-25-36 (US size 2-4)
    • 36-27-39 (US size 8-10)

    So, what… a scientist asked a bunch of guys to rate pictures of women and then calculated the average measurements? Not exactly, but a reasonable assumption. The science isn’t just based on visual appeal. It goes beyond our primal instincts to the core of our very existence. Sounds intense, right?

    The Woman with the Most Beautiful Body

    Numbers are cool, but what do those ideal measurements actually look like? The woman who embodies the ideal shape is British model and actress Kelly Brook. Kelly (pictured below) is 5’6” tall with an approximate bust-waist-hip of 36-27-39.

    Pleasantly surprised? You aren’t the only one. She’s undoubtedly beautiful, but probably not what you were expecting.

    Throughout her 20s and early 30s, Kelly fluctuated between a size 4-10 (US).

    What Men Want

    Another study showed that at a subconscious level, most men pretty much dig the same thing and are attracted to just a few characteristics. One of these is having a youthful face and body features. This is probably not a surprise. But the other thing most likely to attract men is looking both healthy and fertile.

    So what does this all mean? Well, put down the cake pop or chia seed pudding because it’s about to get confusing.

    The Purpose of Being Human

    The reason why the ideal body type has large breasts and hips isn’t that men have been wired to see them as sexually arousing by social conditioning. It’s because, from a scientific point of view, humans were designed to procreate. A body with larger hips and breasts (hourglass figure) is pretty much a biological sign to men that screams, “I can give birth to your (our) babies!”

    Larger Hips

    Larger hips signal that a woman has the sufficient space to carry a developing baby, as well as the strength to push a 7-9 pound fully developed baby out of her vagina. Crazy! It’s no wonder women have a higher pain tolerance than men.

    Larger Breasts

    Larger breasts signal a woman’s ability to feed and nurture a child. And since we were designed to procreate, it makes sense that men would be wired by nature to look for the ability in a woman to sustain and nurture what they create.

    Since we were designed to procreate, it makes sense that men would be wired to look for the ability in a woman to sustain and nurture what they create.

    So basically, even though these body parts are beautifully designed to encourage procreation, the science suggests that the subconscious reason men find them desirable isn’t simply because of the pleasure they bring DURING sex, but also because of the vital purpose they serve AFTER sex in the healthy development and nurturing of what sex brings – new life. Pretty crazy, huh?

    Hold the Advertising

    While Brook’s body is ideal according to science, it turns out she wasn’t ideal for her modeling agency who allegedly called her “plump” and suggested that she lose some weight. Luckily, she didn’t listen. While many of us believe that having a stick-thin figure is the only way to attract the opposite sex, it turns out we’re entirely wrong. Bigger (to a degree) is in fact better!

    So why are models expected to be so thin?

    Because they’re supposed to sell clothes, not convey fertility and child-bearing potential, says Jennifer Lee, who formerly worked for the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary head of Chanel. Designers choose models who can serve as “human clothes hangers” and can showcase the lines and structure of the outfits they wear.

    Designers choose models who can serve as human clothes hangers.

    It’s Time to Stop Feeling Bad

    But please don’t take this as permission to be unhealthy. After struggling with bad eating habits last year that brought her up to a size 16, Kelly Brook, now 39 years old, went on a weight loss program that brought her back to a size 10. “It’s about body confidence,” she told The Mirror. “You’ve got more energy, you just feel so much better, it’s nice.” Remember, a healthy lifestyle includes pleasure in moderation and staying away from extremes.

    A healthy lifestyle includes pleasure in moderation and staying away from extremes.

    So while it doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat an entire pint of ice cream every single night, I am saying the next time you’re out to dinner you totally should order that crème brûlée or chocolate cake for dessert without any guilt on the side. Do it! Also, love your curves because they are scientifically ideal!

    This article has been updated from its original version.

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