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  • On a recent vacation to Miami, Today show cohost Hoda Kotb showed off her toned bikini body. After successfully battling cancer, Kotb showed no signs of ill health and looked a lot fitter than many women half her age.

    49-year old Hoda Kotb is just one of the many celebrities and personalities who have continued to sport skimpy swimwear past adolescence. With healthier lifestyles than ever before, Kotb joins stars like Helen Mirren who have been caught wearing two piece styles. For her beach vacation, Kotb sported a blue-and-white printed bandeau bikini top paired with white bikini bottoms and a semi-sheer white sarong.

    In the past, Kotb posed in swimwear with her cohost Kathie Lee Gifford for Aarp magazine. The ladies are known to indulge in wine, despite their early morning gigs and it seems to be paying off.

    After being diagnosed with cancer back in 2007, Kotb opted for a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. With all the advancements being made in medicine, Kotb looks no different than other women in her tiny top.

    Kotb was amongst the first celebrity personalities to open up about her battle with cancer. More recently other talk show types have come clean, including Giuliana Rancic and reporter Amy Robach, who was actually diagnosed on-air during a segment to promote the importance of mammograms.

    Earlier this year, actress and activist Angelina Jolie opted to preemptively remove her breasts after finding out that she carried a gene that makes it likely for her to develop breast cancer.

    Like Kotb and other stars in the spotlight, Jolie chose to under breast reconstruction. However, some women choose to wear silicone breast prosthesis and explore other non-surgical options after a mastectomy.

    When Angelina revealed her voluntary mastectomy, she also revealed why she opted for breast construction:

    “There have been many advances in [reconstructive surgery] in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful,” she added, noting that she did not feel like “any less of a woman” without her natural breasts. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” she explained.

    Last year, singer Jewel partnered with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to raise awareness about breast reconstruction.

    On his blog, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn explained why women opt for reconstructive surgery rather than mastectomy bras:

    “Two famous singers have recently publicly partnered with plastic surgery groups.  The singer Jewel has partnered with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS, of which I am a member) to raise awareness of breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.  Studies show that 7 in 10 women with breast cancer are not fully informed as to their reconstructive options.  Other studies have shown that breast reconstruction can significantly improve a woman’s self-image following breast cancer surgery.”

    Over the past few years, many stars have opened up about their struggles with breast cancer in order to promote awareness about the deadly disease, including singer Anastacia and Christina Applegate, amongst others.

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