We went last Fall to a top-less optional resort in Cancun and it was very empowering and freeing. Ironically, the only women who didn’t go topless were a couple of the younger ones who had the more conventionally attractive bodies but not the confidence to embrace them. All shapes, all sizes, just being OK with what they had or didn’t. One woman had really deflated looking breasts, almost as if she’d had implants removed but the skin that once covered them was still there. None-the-less, every day she was out by the pool, headphones on, and dancing up a storm. Such a healthier atmosphere than is typical. I really enjoyed it.

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