Finnish designer Elina Halttunen is a breast cancer survivor “with one breast and a passion for swimming.” She collaborated with Finnish art duo Tärähtäneet ämmät (“Nutty Tarts”) to make these incredible “monokinis,” designed especially for women who have lost a breast to the disease. “Having only one breast made finding fitting bikinis difficult. Therefore I fashioned my own Monokini,” Halttunen says on the Monokini 2.0 website. “I thought that maybe there would be others out there like me, women who wanted swimwear that would not make them feel that they were missing a breast.” Here are six of the swimsuits she designed, modeled by the very women they’re intended for. So cool! [Monokini 2.0 via The Gloss]
I know, I know. The moment you saw Kate Upton’s zero gravity Sports Illustrated photo spread, you were like, Where can I get a teeny tiny gold bikini that would be appropriate to wear in space and kind of makes me look like a more vapid Barbarella? Wonder no more because Target has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to create an exclusive line of swimsuits based on the 50th anniversary issue. You can purchase an exact replicas of Kate’s two zero-G bikinis for a mere $35. Boobs that defy gravity are not included. [People]
The sharkini, inspired perhaps by a certain Ian Ziering-helmed SyFy movie thriller, is a bathing suit that send a vital message: Be careful in the water, okay? The Sharkini retails for around a $100, but its value as a walking PSA is priceless. [Store Envy]
Apparently, the designer of this swimsuit, Bad Aby Designs, ripped off another designer’s swimsuit — trademarked as the “Sharkini” — and is now in the process of changing the name of the suit. You can find the ORIGINAL Sharkini here.
Earlier this year, blogger Gabi Fresh made waves when she collaborated with Swimsuits for All to launch the Fatkini. Inspired by the Harmony Korine movie “Spring Breakers,” Fresh’s collection is full of bold, bright color and fun styles. “I wanted to give [plus-size women] cuter things,” Fresh explained in an interview with The Daily Beast. “All I want for us is to have the same ability to go shopping like everyone else and have those options available.”
We loved her designs, and wanted to find a bunch more cool plus-size bikinis, but it proved a more difficult undertaking than we thought. Even go-to plus-size retailers seem to be shilling belly-covering tankinis in place of straight up bikinis. To me, the relative dearth of plus-size bikini options speaks to a larger notion — seemingly even prevalent in the plus sizde marketplace — that bigger women should cover up their bellies and be ashamed of the way their stomachs look. But plus-size women should have an equal opportunity to show off their curves in bikinis that fit and flatter them, too.
Thankfully, more and more plus-size clothiers are catching on. We found nine totally awesome plus-size bikinis that’ll look great on every beach.
Designed for “the slightly satanic fire-and-brimstone fashionista,” as Metal Insider says, this pentagram bathing suit let’s you feel the burning sting of sin (or the sun, whatever) for only $49. You can’t get to hell for cheaper than that!
Designed to please … slightly confused Satanic sun-worshipers; dyslexic star fans; beginner goths (who still haven’t learned tanning isn’t cool).
Wear to: Outdoor metal shows; strip clubs; family reunions (to piss of your parents); high school graduation (because you’re really Satanic underneath).
Would be perfect for: Members of the Dark Army with low melatonin levels; Chantal from “Gallery Girls.”
I realize this post was not meant to be inspirational, but can someone PLEASE tell me where on earth that swimsuit is from? I kind of love it. I would look nothing like this in it but I still want one! – TheFriskyFan
The heart wants what it wants, and if you want Farrah Abraham’s bathing suit, well, I’m not going to stop you. We happen to know exactly who makes Farrah’s sparkly, probably-not-waterproof swimsuit. It’s made by Poolside Collection by Karina Copado and it’s $240. You might notice that the Poolside Collection site has cropped out Farrah’s face. I’m guessing they don’t want the association. Keep reading »