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It is very hard to find stars with bad bodies who frequent beaches. But we still try. Kind of.

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Susan Lucci: Best

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Kelly Ripa: Best

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Brooke Burke-Charvet: Best

Former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet flashed her toned bikini body in Malibu to promote her new fitness app. For more photos of Burke-Charvet, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Taylor Hill: Best

Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill has been getting plenty of sun while vacationing in the Eleuthera Island of the Bahamas.  The runway star made sure to pose in a teeny tiny white bikini for Instagram. For more photos of Hill, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Charlotte McKinney: Best

GUESS Girl Charlotte McKinney was happily enjoying a sun-soaked vacation getaway during the wintry months. The model made sure to rock a white hot bikini that enhanced her famous figure. For more photos of McKinney, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Sofia Vergara: Best

Sofia Vergara has been enjoying a sun-soaked vacation getaway in Mexico with her husband, “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello. For more photos of the “Modern Family” actress, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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LeAnn Rimes: Best

Country crooner LeAnn Rimes rocked a swimsuit that proudly showed off her curves while enjoying a romantic getaway in Mexico with her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. For more photos of the 35-year-old singer, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Tara Reid: Worst

Tara Reid (left) appeared dangerously skinny as she sported a bikini and tiny denim shorts while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico with a friend. The American actress, best known for appearing in “American Pie” and “Sharknado,” is 42. MORE: TARA REID HITS RED CARPET WITH WHOLE NEW LOOK

(Backgrid)

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga revealed her famous assets (and tattoos) while enjoying a beach getaway to kick off the New Year. The singer, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is 31. MORE: SEXIEST CELEBRITY BIKINI BODIES

(Twitter)

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Alessandra Ambrosio: Best

There’s a reason why Alessandra Ambrosio has developed such a successful, lasting career as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. The 36-year-old mother of two was spotted having a good time in her native Brazil.

(Splash)

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Rebecca Gayheart: Best

Rebecca Gayheart kicked off 2018 with some winter sun in Oahu Hawaii. The 46 year-old “Ugly Betty” actress looked stunning in a bikini while chatting with friends on the beach.

(Splash)

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Kelsea Ballerini: Best

Kelsea Ballerini has been happily sharing photos from her honeymoon with new hubby, fellow country singer Morgan Evans, on Instagram. The swimsuit-clad 24-year-old is relaxing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For more photos of Ballerini, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Katharine McPhee: Best

Katharine McPhee showed off her beach-ready bikini body while out vacationing in Mexico. The singer/actress, who first found fame as an “American Idol” contestant, is 33. MORE: SEXIEST CELEBRITY BIKINI BODS

(MOVI Inc.)

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Charlize Theron: Best

Charlize Theron showcased her bikini body during Thanksgiving when she enjoyed a sunny getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico, with her kids. 

(Splash)

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Tania Marie: Best

 Italian Playboy Model Tania Marie showed off her bikini body while doing a photoshoot in Venice Beach, California.

(Splash)

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Bella Thorne: Best

Bella Thorne is ready to hit the waves! The 20-year-old wore a skimpy bikini top in a behind-the-scenes snap from Liam Payne’s “Bedroom Floor” music video. For more photos of Thorne, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Olivia Culpo: Best

Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo was spotted participating in photoshoot where she rocked a Beach Bunny Swimwear bikini that showed off her camera-ready body.

(Splash)

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Hilary Duff: Best

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Natalie Pack: Best

GUESS Girl Natalie Pack isn’t shy about flaunting her bikini body on Instagram with a selfie. For more photos of the model, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Christina El Moussa: Best

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Lindsay Lohan: Worst

(Pacific Coast News)

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Kate Compton: Best

Model Kate Compton sizzled on the beach in a sexy, strappy black one piece. But the model’s beach day was for work — she spent the day modeling for a photo shoot with fashion photographer Malachi Banales in Malibu, California.

(Splash)

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Danica Patrick: Best

(Instagram)

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Natalia Borges and some guy: Best

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Natalia Borges was seen teaching her puppy how to swim at Miami beach. She showered her boyfriend and dog with kisses as they frolicked in the sea together.

(Splash)

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Olivia Munn: Best

Newly-single Olivia Munn headed to the Beach Enclave North Shore Villa in Turks & Caicos to celebrate her birthday. She thanked Booking.com on her Instagram account for sending her on the vacay. During the trip, she showed off her fit figure in a low-cut one-piece. Does Aaron Rodgers know what he’s missing? 

(Courtesy of Booking.com)

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Kristin Cavallari: Best

(Instagram)

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Nicole Scherzinger: Best

(Instagram)

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CJ Franco: Best

All work, all play? Model CJ Franco looked like she was having fun while donning a white bathing suit for a Sports Illustrated shoot in Malibu.

(Splash)

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“Top Chef” Padma Lakshmi: Best

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Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner: Best

Sister, sister. Kourtney Kardashian (left) and her younger sister Kendall Jenner soaked up the sun on a boat while in Cannes. “Romy and Michele Takes Cannes,” Kardashian captured the pic. The mom-of-three reportedly brought along her much younger beau on the trip. Click here for more pics of Kardashian on Hollywoodlife.com.

(Instagram)

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Ashley Graham: Best

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ashley Graham channeled Pamela Anderson with her “Baywatch”-inspired swimsuit. The piece is from the 29-year-old’s newest Swimsuits For All campaign.

(Swimsuits For All)

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Joy Corrigan: Best

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model flaunted her bikini-ready figure during a sizzling photoshoot in Miami.

(Splash)

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Mama June: Best

(Splash)

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Jessie James Decker: Best

Jessie James Decker showed off her newly-toned bikini bod thanks to the South Beach Diet. The busy mom-of-two said a balance of diet and exercise helped her get into the best shape of her life. “When I was younger, it was easier to stay in shape. But once I had children, everything changed,” she said in a press release.

(South Beach Diet)

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Lisa Rinna: ‘I am 53’

(Instagram)

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Kate Hudson: Best

Kate Hudson showed off her insane bikini body while on a vacation in with her kids in in Hawaii. 

(Splash News)

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Porsha Williams: Best

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams recently vacationed AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Porsha stripped down to a revealing swimsuit while at the resort to show off her fit beach bod. 

(Dreamart/Palace Resorts)

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Maria Menounos: Best

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Kendra Wilkinson: Best

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Nina Agdal: Best

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Bella Hadid: Best

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Adam Sandler: Worst

The ‘Happy Gilmore’ star may be helping his kids eat too many of their Happy Meals.

(X17online.com)

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Melissa Joan Hart: Best

Melissa Joan Hart is proud of maintaining her 40 pound weight loss using Nutrisystem and is looking forward to swimsuit season. “It’s been awesome trying on different swimsuits and feeling confident. This red suit is one of my favorites – it’s sexy and playful, but still a little reserved. Perfect for an almost 40 year old!” Hart said.

(Nutrisystem)

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Selena Gomez: Best

Selena shared a super sexy selfie of herself wearing a bikini and teased, “comin soon.” Perhaps the singer has a new photoshoot coming out or a music video. Click here for more pictures of Gomez.

(Instagram)

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Candice Swanepoel: Best

(Splash)

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Lindsey Vonn: Best

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Sylvie van der Vaart: Best

(Spread/X17online.com)

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Kellie Pickler: Best

Pickler went from country girl to cabana girl. The singer posted a picture of herself getting some R&R on a girl’s trip with fellow country singer Jana Kramer. Click here for more pictures of Kellie.

(Instagram)

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Paris Hilton: Best

Paris celebrated July 4 soaking up some sun in a black, stringy one-piece. Click here to see more pictures of the hotel heiress from X17online.com.

(X17online)

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Kate Walsh: Best

(Splash)

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Ireland Baldwin: Best

Alec’s daughter told Galore magazine that forgoing Cup of Noodles was key to her bangin’ bikini bod. Having half Kim Basinger’s genes doesn’t hurt either.

(Jacog Dekat/Galore)

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Heidi Klum: Best

Klum’s a cut above the rest. The model and mom of four showed off her bikini-ready body in a black cut-out one-piece on the cover of Us Weekly. How does she stay in shape? “I don’t eat bagels—no way!” she told the magazine. “A bagel is basically a cardboard box…Usually I’ll have a smoothie in the morning.”

(Us Weekly)

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Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens: Best

Former Disney costars Tisdale (R) and Hudgens celebrated Tisdale’s upcoming wedding in style. The pair showed off their toned tummies in teeny bikinis on a huge yacht in Miami. Click here for more photos from Tisdale’s bachelorette party.

(Splash)

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Shemar Moore: Best

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Shauna Sand: Best

Sand wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie teal bikini for a day of fun in the sun. For more pictures of the Playboy Playmate, visit X17online.com.

(X17online)

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Lisa Hochstein: Best

(Splash)

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Ashley Benson: Best

Summer can’t come soon enough for this “Spring Breakers” star. Benson, left, shared a sultry poolside seflie of her and a friend trying to get a tan. “Trying to look tan haha,” she wrote on InstagramClick here for more sexy “Spring Breakers” photos.

(Instagram)

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Kim Kardashian: Best

(Instagram)

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Nina Agdal and Josh Henderson: Best

Op‘s Spring/Summer 2014 marketing campaign features Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Nina Agdal, actor Josh Henderson, and model/actress Cailin Russo. This is Nina and Josh. They are quite fit.

(Op.com)

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Celina Jade: Best

“Arrow” star Celina Jade stripped down to a bikini for a Maxim shoot. The Hong Kong native revealed that she’s also a singer, songwriter and trained martial artist.

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Kris Jenner: Best

(Instagram)

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Marg Helgenberger: Best

(X17)

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Rihanna: Best

(X17)

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Kate Upton: Best

Supermodel Kate Upton showed off her clearly awesome beach body in the pages of Sports Illustrated as their swimsuit issue covergirl… twice. 

(Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated )

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Amanda Cerny: Best

(RumoerFix/FlameFlyNet)

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Jaclyn Swedberg: Best

(RumorFIx)

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Bar Refaeli: Best

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Gabrielle Union: Best

(Instagram)

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Courtney Stodden: Best

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Karrueche Tran: Best

(X17online.com)

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Emmanuelle Chriqui: Best

(X17online.com)

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Bethenny Frankel: Best

(X17)

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Holly Madison: Best

(MOVI Inc.)

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Lauren Stoner: Best

Okay, so we’re not even sure who this is, but with a body like that, does it even matter? For the record, she was on a reality show in 2010 called “The Spin Crowd.” For more pics of Lauren, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Melody Thornton: X17

The former Pussycat Dolls singer looks very hot in Miami Beach. For more pics of Melody, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Kendall Jenner: Best

The reality-star-turned-model shows off her patriotism the only way she knows how. For more pics of Kendall, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Farrah Abraham: Best

(RumorFix)

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Reese Witherspoon: Best

While celebrating the Fourth of July with her son and husband, Reese opted to cover up at the beach. The new mom still looks fabulous. Click here for more from X17.

(X17)

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Maria Shriver: Worst

We have to say, at 57, Maria Shriver looks pretty good… from the front. But we wish she would have paired her figure-flattering one piece swimsuit with a sarong or a cover-up. Maria Shriver: WorstClick here for more photos from X17

(X17)

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Victoria Silvstedt: Best

(X17)

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Alison Brie: Best

(Esquire)

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Katrina Bowden: Best

Of her bikini style the “30 Rock” star says, “I love mixing and matching the brightly colored bikinis, tank tops and shorts. I like to create my own individual beach style.” You can check out more behind the scenes footage here.

(Invision/AP)

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Kellan Lutz: Best

“One of my favorite styles is the hybrid short,” says the ripped star. “They dry quickly so you can wear them in the water, then out around town.” You can check out more behind the scenes footage here.

(Omar Vega/Invision for Iconix/AP)

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Nicole Richie: Best

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Nicole Richie look this good – and healthy. For more pics of Nicole, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Jessica Alba: Best

Alba stripped down to her string bikini to enjoy the water in St. Barth’s with her husband Cash Warren, a former stage hand on one of her movie sets, also known as the luckiest man in the world. HOT SHOTS: Tons more pics of Alba on the beach.

(X17)

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Jennie Garth: Best

(X17Online)

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Jennifer Love Hewitt: Best

The actress has gone up and down in size over the years, but on the March 2013 issue of Shape, she looks quite good a bikini.

(AMI)

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Beyonce: Best

The singer had a baby not long before shooting this cover. Bow down.

(GQ)

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Naomi Watts: Best

With a body like that, it’s hard to believe that Naomi has two kids! For more pics of Naomi, go to x17online.com.

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Magdalena Frackowiak: Best

(X17)

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Stephanie Seymour: Best

(X17)

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Claudia Galanti: Best

(X17)

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Jennifer Aniston: Best

(RumorFix)

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Jada Pinkett Smith: Best

(RumorFix.com)

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Cindy Crawford: Best

The supermodel, born in 1966, is still super-modeling. Cindy Crawford: BestNow that’s impressive.

(Shape)

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Courtney Cox: Best

The “Cougar Town” star showed off her bikini body while enjoying a Corona in Miami. How does our favorite “Friend” stay in great shape? She told New Beauty magazine that she follows a light diet plan. She skips breakfast and has a coffee instead, chicken salad for lunch and meat and vegetables for dinner. Yep, that’ll do it. HOT SHOTS: Cox’s hot bikini bod.

(RumorFix.com)

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Jennifer Lawrence: Best

(RumorFix.com)

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Katy Perry: Best

The singer often shows off her figure in form-fitting dresses, so it’s no surprise that she looks this good in a two-piece while on vacation in Miami. For more pics of Katy, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Demi and Rumer: Best

(X17Online.com)

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Jon Favreau: Worst

(RumorFix.com )

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Best: Olivia Wilde

(FameFlynet)

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Best: Whitney Port

Her body is beach ready, but her taste in bikinis is lacking, troubling as she is a “fashion designer.” At least on TV. For more pics of Whitney, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Best: Maria Menounous

(X17 Online)

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Worst: Val Kilmer

(X17 Online)

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Ashley Tisdale: Best

The young actress celebrated her birthday with boyfriend Scott Speer, sharing a kiss and playing in the ocean at her Malibu Birthday party. For more pics of Ashley, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Ramona Singer: Worst

The “Real Housewives of New York” star should have done a few extra crunches before donning her itsy bitsy bikini. (They do make something called a “one piece.”) Ramona Singer: WorstFor more pics of Ramona, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Kelly Brook: Best

Kelly Brook and Cannes: a good combination. Fore more pics of Kelly, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Michelle Rodriguez: Best

(X17)

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Russell Simmons: Worst

(X17)

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David Hasselhoff: Worst

Eek. Those late night cheeseburgers are beginning to show. For more on David go to X17Online.

(X17online.com)

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Janice Dickinson: Worst

(celebbuzz.com)

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Jordana Brewster: Best

(X17online.com)

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Cameron Diaz: Best

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Keira Knightly: Best

(X17)

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Mario Lopez: Best

(X17online.com)

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Kristen Bell: Best

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Kathy Griffin: Worst

(celebbuzz.com)

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Deena Cortese: Worst

The “Jersey Shore” gal should consider trading in all those fruity cocktails for some Muscle Milk. For more pics of Deena go to Celebuzz.

(celebbuzz.com)

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Serena Williams: Best

The tennis star looks hot in a bikini that looks like lingerie. For more pics of Serena go to Celebuzz.

(celebbuzz.com)

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‘We feel like animals’: Border testing highlights broader tensions in EU’s COVID strategy | World News

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French residents who travel to Germany daily for work have reacted angrily after being told they must now get COVID tests every two days in order to cross the border. 

Germany introduced the measure earlier this week as infection rates remained high in the French border region of Moselle – but locals say it destroys the EU’s principle of free movement.

Sky News spoke to Laura Jarych, who lives in France but works in a German hotel just two minutes drive away. For decades she has made her journey uninterrupted – but the morning we meet she’s had to queue in a line of vehicles for her test. She is furious.

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Germany has placed stricter measures on people crossing over from the French department of Moselle
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“I am angry, very angry,” Laura tells us. “And I think that the 20,000 people who are switching between the two countries in this area feel the same thing.

“We feel like animals because you go inside a drive-in with the car and it’s one after the other and the cars are waiting a long time and it just ‘come, make the test and pass’.”

The inconvenience is one thing, but principle is another. When we talk to people waiting in their cars at the tented testing area, one man says: “It’s a very bad feeling because the idea of Europe, free borders, is away now. I feel sad.”

Another woman tell us: “It’s a terrible situation as it’s not possible to come every two days and make a test.

“I’m a German person and I’m living in France. It’s like a regime – I can’t live free and I can’t go where I want to go.

“It’s 10 steps back.”

We were only able to find one person in the queue who said she understood and accepted the situation, telling us: “It’s OK for me, I work for a company in Germany, I live in France. It’s not really that bad.”

She admitted that she did feel frustrated by the measure but said it posed “another chance to beat this horrible virus“.

The issue, however, highlights broader tensions over the EU’s strategy against coronavirus – especially with vaccinations.

Coordinated centrally by the European Commission, the vaccine rollout has not been Brussels’ finest hour. Officials admit approvals and orders were too slow and production difficulties underestimated.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was given the green light across the EU more than a month ago – but France and Germany both restricted recipients to the under-65s because of a lack of data.

There has since been strong public unease about its safety and is something that might not be erased despite both countries now offering the AstraZeneca jab to older people. Germany confirmed that decision today.

“I think it’s a problem of perception for a lot of people,” Germany immunologist Carsten Watzl told me.

“So when it was first licensed, the efficacy was only given 60% and then there was this story that in South Africa that it was not at all efficient to prevent infections with the variant or the mutant that is found there.

“All this together has created some negative PR for this vaccine.”

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (right) has met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (left) to procure more vaccines
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (right) has met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (left) to procure more vaccines

France, Germany and other EU nations desperately need many more vaccines – and frustration with the rollout has prompted several countries to break away.

Today, the leaders of Denmark and Austria travelled to Israel to try and strike deals for supplies to their own nations. It’s a move that has promoted some criticism at home.

Danish MEP Margrete Aucken, a member of the European Green Party, said that while this wasn’t necessarily a failure of the EU, it showed “some of the weaknesses in the EU construction” that more hasn’t been done together for the common goal.

“But I think they are improving this year,” Ms Aucken added. “I really dislike that some member states are showing ‘we can do best ourselves’.

“None of us are best when we’re alone. None of us.”

Hungary's PM Viktor Orban has received the Chinese vaccine
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Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban has received the Chinese vaccine

However, Denmark and Austria are not alone in seeking outside help: the Hungarian prime minister was filmed recently getting a Chinese vaccine after getting frustrated with the EU’s programme.

Hundreds of thousands of Russia’s Sputnik V jabs have also been delivered to Slovakia, despite not being approved by the European Medicines Agency.

The vaccine watchdog has only just begun its review of Sputnik V, according to a statement released on Thursday.

It’s clear the COVID crisis has exposed tensions between the idea of European cohesion and national self-interest.

The EU as a body hasn’t met all the needs of its citizens. Now there are questions not just about the health of the population but the health of the union itself.

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COVID-19: Italy and EU block Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia as shortages row escalates | World News

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Italy and the European Commission have blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine destined for Australia.

The British-Swedish drug manufacturer had failed to meet its EU contract commitments so the Italian government refused its request to export 250,000 doses from its Anagni plant near Rome, according to the Reuters news agency.

Italy made the request and it was signed off by the European Commission under a new export control system that came into law on 30 January. This is the first time it has been used by a member state.

It is understood the doses will now be redistributed within the EU, where about 8% of the population has been vaccinated, compared with more than 30% in the UK.

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Australia is set to start its rollout of the Oxford vaccine by Monday and is expecting to receive 1.2m doses from Europe, with 300,000 having arrived over the weekend. The Australian government has not yet commented on the blocked shipment.

This is the latest in a running feud with the EU that started in late January when AstraZeneca, whose vaccine was developed with Oxford University, announced it would only be able to deliver about 40% of the doses it had agreed with the EU in the first quarter due to manufacturing issues.

European leaders demanded that the company should do more, including sending doses made in the UK, but AstraZeneca initially refused.

The export control mechanism was introduced during that initial row and means companies have to respect their contractual obligations to the EU before commercial exports can be approved.

Despite this, the vaccine rollout in the 27-member bloc has so far been slow yet the EU insists it wants 70% of adults in Europe to have a jab by the end of the summer.

Italy’s new government, led by former European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, has taken a tough line in dealing with vaccine shortages.

In his first heads of state summit as prime minister, Mr Draghi called for the export control mechanism to be applied with greater severity or to block the export of doses by companies that do not respect their EU contracts.

During a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, Mr Draghi said it was necessary to “suffocate” big pharmaceutical companies to force them to respect the agreed delivery terms.

AstraZeneca agreed at the end of January to deliver nine million additional doses in the first three months of the year, making a total of 40 million doses for that period.

Ms von der Leyen said she agreed with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that vaccine factories in the UK and Europe would deliver doses to the EU.

The EU had threatened to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which only came into force four weeks before. The article would have overridden part of the Brexit agreement in order to control shipments of the doses but was quickly reversed.

That would have risked a hard border on the island of Ireland and Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit border arrangements had become “collateral damage” in the EU’s “nasty row”.

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Thai navy sailors brave choppy seas to rescue four cats from sinking ship on fire in Andaman Sea | World News

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A Thai navy sailor braved choppy seas to rescue four cats abandoned on a sinking ship on fire in the Andaman Sea.

The navy ship had been sent to the capsized vessel on Tuesday, after its crew had been taken to safety, to check for an oil spill, when the beleaguered moggies were discovered.

“I used my camera to zoom into the boat, and I saw one or two cats popping their heads out,” said first-class Petty Officer Wichit Pukdeelon of the navy’s air and coastal defence division.

A Thai navy officer swims towards cats standing on a sinking boat to rescue them in the Andaman Sea March. PIC: PO1 Wichit Pukdeelon via Reuters
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The four cats were seen huddled together on a beam on the ship. PIC: Wichit Pukdeelon via Reuters
A Thai navy officer swims with a rescued cat on his back in the Andaman Sea. PIC PO1 Whichit Pukdeelon via Reuters
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The cats were held above the water while crewmates pulled the sailor in. PIC: Whichit Pukdeelon via Reuters

The four frightened ginger cats were huddled together on a wooden beam and a sailor swam out to the boat

The rescuer carried the animals to safety on his shoulders above the water, with his team pulling him in by rope.

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The cats are now being taken care of by the officers who saved them, at a command post on Koh Lipe island.

His Facebook post of the rescue received about 2,500 comments, many praising the crew for their efforts.

The cats are now being cared for by the crew at their command post on the island of Koh Lipe.

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