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Chrissie Russell


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England's Chloe Kelly (right) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: PA

England's Chloe Kelly (right) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: PA

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I was on holiday, swimming in the Med recently, when I spotted my ideal beach body on the shore. A woman, probably in her late 70s, average build, was standing in the surf, hands on hips, boobs out, smiling as she stared out to sea. That, I thought to myself, is exactly the kind of bikini-ready — or bikini-shedding — confidence that’s worth aspiring to.

I was reminded of her when I saw England striker Chloe Kelly celebrate her championship-winning goal against Germany in the Euro finals on Sunday night. In celebration, she stripped down to her sports bra, whipping her shirt off, to swing it round her head in euphoric triumph.


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