Victoria's Secret swim coverWhen you go out to check the mail today, don't be surprised if you find the 2013 Victoria's Secret Swim cover model, Candice Swanepoel, waiting to greet you and give you a firm reminder that bikini season is just around the corner.

I know, I know. The holidays just ended, and there's snow everywhere and it's freezing and the last thing you want to think about is putting on a bathing suit.

That's how I always feel when that catalog shows up. I usually take one look at the stunning cover model with her picture perfect body, cringe, breathe in a deep sigh, and then toss it straight into the trash because it makes me feel so bad about the way I look. (Ugh. The mere thought of wearing a two-piece right now gives me the heebie-jeebies.)

But after seeing Candice Swanepoel's 2013 cover -- I just might change my mind. No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you -- all that is pictured is the top half of her. Pretty tasteful, huh?

Sure, she looks gorgeous and ridiculously sexy just like all Victoria's Secret models do. She doesn't have one ounce of cellulite or fat on her body. But the fact that this isn't being thrown directly in my face is pretty refreshing -- to the point that it might even convince me to sit down and check out the suits in the catalog.

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm bound to encounter page after page of lump- and bump-free bods once I get past the cover -- but who knows? Maybe there will actually be a tankini or one-piece in there that might work for me this summer.

Or better yet, maybe that pretty jeweled bandeau top that Candice Swanepoel is wearing has a nice skirted bottom paired with it. Ya think? (Yeah, probably not.)

If nothing else, Victoria's Secret hit the nail right on the head this year as far as making their swim catalog a bit more appealing to women who are sick and tired of seeing half-naked models gracing the covers of our favorite catalogs and making us feel fat and unattractive. (Well done, Victoria's Secret. Well done.)

Does the Victoria's Secret swim catalog usually intimidate you?

 

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