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Sure, you love the scalloped neckline on your new mismatched bikini set, but that doesn’t mean you want your mother-in-law documenting every single angle of you in it. Beat her at her own game with these seven tips for striking your best swimsuit pose.

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STAND ON YOUR TIPPY TOES

The slope of the beach can be harsh, especially when it comes to straight-on pics. The best way to balance it out is to pretend you’re wearing imaginary high heels. It'll help elongate--and tone up--your legs.

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SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT TO ONE SIDE

Two words: Angles matter. Turning your body or leg (even slightly) can go a long way in terms of flattery. Think of your favorite celebrity on the red carpet… 

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LIFT AT LEAST ONE ARM UP

The worst thing you can do in any photo (swimsuit or not) is smoosh your arms against your sides. So reach for your hat, your hair, your sunglasses--whatever makes the most sense in the moment but also feels natural and relaxed. 

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DON’T FORGET TO TILT YOUR CHIN

The midday sun can cast some pretty harsh shadows on your face. Lifting your head up--even by as little as an inch or two--can help off-set any glare.

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USE THE POOL WATER (OR SURF) TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

The waves are your best friend when it comes to covering up areas you’re feeling a teeny bit self-conscious about (like your hips or legs). Just be sure to stand up nice and straight if you make the effort to wade waist-deep.

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DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR SARONG

Wrapped around your waist, it’s less bulky than a towel, but also doubles as a prop you can carry and position when cameras are a-clicking.

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REMEMBER, POSED SHOTS AREN’T ALWAYS THE BEST SHOTS

Hot damn, you look mega skinny in that reaction shot your hubbie caught right when the surf touched your toes. The takeaway: Movement matters.

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