The sky is bluer, the trees look greener, and the sun is definitely heating up, which can only mean one thing: summer is here! It’s common knowledge that summer is synonymous with the beach; so when we saw Raiza Contawi’s Instagram posts absolutely slaying in her swimsuits, how could we not take notes?
Doesn’t matter if it’s a one-piece or a bikini—the Filipina vlogger knows exactly how to work her angles. And with the first quarter of 2022 coming to a close, we’re taking this time to prepare for all the beach trips we know you’ll be taking. So grab a pen and some paper, because we’re breaking down Raiza’s best swimsuit poses!
8 Swimsuit Poses for Your Next Beach Trip, As Seen on Raiza Contawi
1. The Door Lean
By leaning an arm on the door frame and transferring your weight on the leg furthest away from the door, you’ll be showing off your body’s curves. And if you’re unsure what to do with your other hand, don’t worry. Lightly place it on the hip you’re leaning on. Bonus points for looking away from the camera—giving you that effortless shot!
2. The Cap
Feeling shy? Or maybe you need that ‘mysterious’ shot for your IG carousel post—this pose is for you! First, angle your chin down and place your hand on the visor of your cap; then put your other hand on your hip and make sure your elbow is facing back (not to the side).
3. The Tip-Toe
We know that full body shots can be intimidating, but thanks to Raiza, they don’t have to be! Instead of facing the camera full-on, angle your body a little to one side; then go on your tip-toes with one foot in front of the other—this gives you a gorgeous leg line as well as definition. As for your hands, you can softly lift your bikini for added length!
4. The One with the Sandy Cheeks
If you want to show off the back of your swimsuit, try this: as if you were walking toward the shoreline, have one leg in front of the other (with the back leg relaxed); and run your hands through your hair.
And if you’re looking for an extra element, you can never go wrong with sandy beach buttcheeks—make sure to tip-toe here too to make your booty stand out just a bit more!
5. Down on the Sand
Like Raiza, you can make your beach photos stand out by taking a photo laying on the sand! While slightly arching your back, extend one arm by your ear while bending your other arm over your face, as if you were trying to shield the sun from your eyes.
This pose is perfect for showing off the details on your bikini top—as you can see in Raiza’s photo, her blue-checkered halter bikini clearly takes center stage!
6. Over the Shoulder
Want a pose that’s simple but effective? Try leaning on a surface (like a railing) and looking over your shoulder. Doing this while having one foot in front of the other, heels slightly raised, will give you that sexy, curvy silhouette!
7. The Criss-Cross
If you’re looking for a pose that gives you height, long lines, and curves, look no further! Here, Raiza crosses her legs while lightly lifting the sides of her trsouers. With the addition of looking to one side, this pose will not just gorgeously highlight your body, but make your beach OOTD the camera’s focus.
8. Hands in the Air
This next pose screams "main character" vibes. Get into the water and with your back turned, throw your hands up in the air, and maybe even dance a little! The candid shot will surely make you look like you’re living your Mamma Mia dreams.
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