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What is a cameltoe?

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I am 13, one day when it was a pool party i wore a two piece (bikini and bikini bottom), and when I went to swim my friends said that they could see cameltoe, but wouldn’t tell me what it means. what is a cameltoe as I got embarrassed when they said that because some people started laughing but wouldn’t tell me what it means..

Answer

Hi there, 

Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your friends made you feel embarrassed at the pool party. That sounds like it was really upsetting for you and it must have been tough when you did not know what they were talking about.

Do you have any trusted female in your life you could talk to about this, like a mum, aunt, or older sister? Talking about our bodies with someone you trust is important and nothing to feel embarrassed about. They might be able to give you some advice or reassurance. Our bodies are all unique and loving and accepting our bodies is an important part of growing up. 

When your friends mentioned “cameltoe,” they were talking about something that can happen when the fabric of tight-fitting clothing, like a bikini bottom, forms a crease between the groin area, creating an outline that some people compare to the shape of a camel’s toe. This can happen with many types of clothing and is often just a sign that the fit is not quite right. 

It’s important to remember that experiencing a ‘cameltoe’ is a common occurrence for many females, especially when wearing tight clothes. It’s not something to be embarrassed about. Choosing clothing that fits well can help prevent this, and some bikini bottoms are designed with features that minimize this issue. The key is to wear what feels comfortable for you, and if you notice fabric gathering, you can discreetly adjust it. 

It is ok to feel a bit embarrassed—everyone does at times. Your friends might not have known how to explain it gently. Have you considered talking to your friends about how their words made you feel? This could be a good opportunity for them to learn to be kind and supportive, and it can also empower you to express your feelings.  

Remember, it’s important to be kind to yourself. What matters most is how you feel, and you deserve to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Embracing and accepting your body, with all its unique features, is a powerful step towards self-love and confidence. 

You’re growing up and learning new things, which can sometimes be awkward. It is all part of becoming who you are, and you’re doing just fine. Here are some articles you may find helpful www.childline.ie/what-exactly-happens-to-your-body-and-mind-during-puberty/ and www.childline.ie/draft-how-to-learn-to-love-the-way-you-look/   

If you need to talk more, remember you can chat confidentially with us for free by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or online. Go to our website, www.childline.ie, and click the purple chat button. You can contact us to chat about anything. You do not need to worry or concern. Childline will always be here for you.  

Thank you for contacting us. Remember, you are not alone. We will always be here for you. We never close; we are here 24/7, so we are here any time for any reason. You can count on us to be here whenever you need us.  

Chat soon,

 Alex  

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