Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?

Actress and designer Jessica Rey challenges the popular and modernistic trend of swimwear in today’s society: Does a bikini give a women unprecedented power? Are we dismissing our modesty by joining the bandwagon of bikini-wearers? Is revealing more skin always better? In response, she launches a swimsuit line named Rey Swimwear selling one pieces or if not, relatively covered up swimsuits. She encourages women to go against the norm, cover up their bodies, and be empowered by fashionable modesty.

Rey has been receiving some hate after her public appearance. Others criticize her ideal of “modesty” and some even call her a “hypocrite”, judging her outfit on stage and swimsuit designs. However, I find myself appreciative of her good intentions to recast light on non-bikini swimwear, that although her views incline towards the extreme, swimsuits can exemplify “style, grace, class, and fun”.

On the line of her talk’s title “the evolution of swimsuit”, I did some historical research as well. Join me:

LuLu’s Blog: The Evolution of Swimsuits Over the Years

TIME: The History of the Bikini

Did you know…

  • While the public found bikinis so scandalous when the garment was initially introduced, little did we know that Roman gymnasts dressed in bikini-looking uniforms for practice!
  • In the 1980s, women who were interested in swimming required a mobile dressing room on wheels.
  • In 1907, Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing a formfitting one-piece.
  • On July 5, 1946, French engineer Louis Réard designed the first bikini. Initially, none of the Parasian models agreed to wear it.

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