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Regardless of your size, bumps or lumps - our relationship with our bodies are always developing. 


Brooke Shields is no different, as she recently explained why at 53, she has now embraced the bikini. 


The reason why she stepped into a two-piece is to set a good example of body confidence for her daughter.



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Opening up about her body image, the 53-year-old penned a personal essay for InStyle.


"We all have different body types and we spend so much of our time comparing ourselves to others."


"But I've found if you look at your individual physiological structure and play up the strong points, it's empowering. It's not in my DNA to be waif-like, so I ask, "What do I have?" and then highlight that."


Being in shape wasn't really something that the actress was concerned about as she rose to fame at the tender age of 15. 



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It was only later in life, she began doing high-impact cardio, thinking that:


"The more I'd sweat, the better I thought I had exercised."


That mindset only changed in the last year for the actress after encountering a trainer. 


"Only recently, while meeting with a trainer in preparation for knee surgery, have I become fully cognisant of how to strengthen my muscles. That's why I was so proud to post those bikini pictures on Instagram: I had worked so hard!"



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The strength has brought confidence, something that she wants to pass down to her own daughter, to embrace your body. 


"I used to wear these bathing suits that practically came to my knees. My oldest daughter would say, "That makes you look so big and uncomfortable". I realised I had to be confident in my skin to set the right example for her."



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