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Bikini Girls - Flattering Swimsuits for All Women

Updated on July 4, 2017

From Skinny Minnies to Plus Sized Women - any Woman can Find a Flattering Bathing Suit

Skinny-Minnie Bikini girls have it made! If you are the ideal of thin and busty -especially if you are young - the beach is great and there is not much to worry about. If you are a movie star - the beach is easy and fabulous!

Not all of us look like movies stars, but then beauty comes in all kinds of sizes and in all age groups. It is perfect for everyone!

Swimming is such great exercise, and the beach and pool are so much fun - so it is great that you any woman can find a pretty, flattering bathing suit. I swim 12 months of a year as I belong to a club with a heated outdoor pool. Once you get into the water, it always feels fine!

It is no longer true that you have to have a "perfect" figure to find a swimsuit that suits. And although there has been a lot of disregard for women of average to large size in the past, the swim suits of 2013 allow women of larger sizes all kinds of fashion options, not just beautiful skinny girls. Come on in, the water is fine for every one!

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The origin of the Bikini

Where did those Girls Come From?

The first bikini in modern times was revealed to the fashion world on July 05 1946 in a fashion show in Paris that would have been definitely worth watching. The tiny swimsuit was created by an French automobile engineer : Louis Reard. Reard got into the fashion world by working in his mother's shoe shop.

Reard set out to create the world's tiniest swimwear and succeeded. He named the swimwear after the Bikini Islands - which had just experienced the first nuclear test recently before. I suppose as an engineer by trade he was interested in this and I guess the idea was that he was causing his own explosion.

The bikini was quite scandalous at the time. Louis Reard could not get a legitimate model to show it. He decided to hire nude dancer:Micheline Bernardini. The bikini skyrocketed her career -and at the same time allowed her a chance to cover up. Even today movie stars are infamous for looking great at the beach.

Best Bikinis 2013 - Best Bikini Bathing Suits for Women

I have looked to find some some of the best bikinis available that you can order online. You can order with confidence from Amazon, as they work hard to ensure the reputation of the company. You will be able to return these suits if need be, but I have worked hard to choose ones that you won't have to.

There are lots of available bikinis - more glamorous Brazilian bikinis, a bikini you could use during workouts as well, bikinis for maternity, and generally highly rated bikinis. I have located an extremely well rated black and white bikini for focus.

Black and White Shaper Bikini
Black and White Shaper Bikini

This wonderful bathing suit would flatter so many women. The black and white colors look great with tans, or even if you are not tanned. This swimming suit is available from size extra-small to 2X - so most women can fit into this. The reviews from certified purchasers mentioned how well the suit felt and how well it fits. The twisted top is "Monroe" style - after the famous bikini lady Marilyn Monroe. Nylon and lycra. Slimming, covering and flattering.

 

There was a contest between Louis Reard and the fashion designer Jacques Heim to make the smallest swimsuit possible. Jacques Heim finished first, and called his tiny swimsuit "the atom." Reard followed by creating the Bikini: essentially a bra top and two inverted triangles of cloth connected by string. It was micro sized . The tiny bikini was fashioned out of just 30 inches of fabric. Louis Reard said it was "smaller than the world's smallest bathing suit." Won the contest, won the fame.

3rd Century mosaics of Bikini Girls at the Villa Romana at Piazza Armerina in Sicily
3rd Century mosaics of Bikini Girls at the Villa Romana at Piazza Armerina in Sicily

Bikinis in Ancient Times too

The history of the Bikini didn't start in 1946

Louis Reard might have made the bikini commercial - but scantily clad women have been around since antiquity. They were known in the Greek and Roman times;the Roman goddess Venus has been depicted in one.

There is a famous piece of art with ten women called "The Bikini Girls" located in Villa Romana del Casale in a mosaic on the floor. The women are in clothes that appear to be like bikinis. It is not known how much actual swimming they did.

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot ............. - The song is still a hit!

"Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. It was first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland with orchestra conducted by John Dixon

It is one of the most famous novelty songs of the 60's - here is an updated version with Ruben Gomez.

Delightful beach day.

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny - Yellow Polka Dot Suits

Unique Doll Clothing Yellow Polka Dot Bikini for American Girl Dolls and Most 18" Doll
Unique Doll Clothing Yellow Polka Dot Bikini for American Girl Dolls and Most 18" Doll

I was thrilled when I found the itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini available for the American Girl Doll!

 
Ray Ray By Beach Rays Little Girls'  Polka Dot Bikini, Yellow, 4
Ray Ray By Beach Rays Little Girls' Polka Dot Bikini, Yellow, 4

Little girls can keep up with mommy in their own yellow polka dot bikini.

 
Daisy Beachwear Pin-Up Yellow Polka Dot Pucker Back Bikini Medium
Daisy Beachwear Pin-Up Yellow Polka Dot Pucker Back Bikini Medium

Quality lined yellow polka dot bikini in sizes x-small through large. You will wow them at the beach in this

 

Have You Ever Worn a Bikini - Itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini or not!

Have You Ever Worn a Bikini?

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Are You Ready for Swimsuit Season? - Are you in shape for the beach?

Do you have your beach body already?

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Or Maybe You Want to Make Your Own Bathing Suit - Swimsuits to Sew

Really clever types can make their own bathing suits! Actually, if you are a good seamstress or tailor it is a good idea to sew a bathing suit because it takes so little fabric. Once you find something that really works you can do several in different colors.

This pattern includes several different options for cute suits.

Water Nymph - Like You
Water Nymph - Like You

Swimming is great exercise - Even if you are Pregnant

Women of all sizes should Get in the Water

Swimming is almost the perfect sport. If you have some excess weight on you, that is even more reason to pop into the water because the buoyancy is wonderful for your joints. Swimming is great for lung development; asthmatics can really profit from the water. Many gyms have aquasize classes, often they are oriented to people who have health difficulties like just getting over surgery.

Pregnant women should definitely be in the water. Many times pregnant women are ashamed of their bodies, this is an unfortunate result of our culture which is so thin obsessed it does not even honor pregnant women. What ever the culture says - a woman should honor her pregnant body.

Whatever your size - you should get in the water.

Plus Sized Swim Wear on Amazon - If you are Ample - you can Still enjoy the Beach!

Was Marilyn Monroe a plus sized beauty? Well, she was about a size 14 - definitely no skinny-Minnie.

There is flattering swimwear for women of all ages and sizes.

Red Figure Shaper Bikini BOTTOM ONLY
Red Figure Shaper Bikini BOTTOM ONLY

This highly rated suit is very flattering. Beautiful red matte nylon/lycra blend will hold up to many days at the beach. The padding is removable, and it is nicely lined throughout. Available up to 2x - although you can purchase it in smaller sizes from ladies small.

 

Are Bikinis For Everyone?

Being Comfortable is For Everyone

Although traditionally bikinis have been limited to women who are small, there now is more acceptance of all women wearing them. There have even been plus sized bikinis made especially for larger women. Bikini wearing is definitely a matter of personal preference.

And contrary to common belief, wearing bikinis - or viewing them at the beach does not lead to insanity.

PS - Wouldn't you love to see some he-man pinups?

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is an admirable lady: she is a Godaddy girl, a race car driver and here a model for the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Do You Always Go Hairless?

In the Sixties, women often did not shave their legs. If you were really gutsy you did this and went to the beach. How about you?

Have you ever, or would you ever go swimming without shaving or waxing?

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Sailors Stand in Pink Ribbon Formation at Sea
Sailors Stand in Pink Ribbon Formation at Sea

You can still Swim After Mastectomy

Life Goes on after Breast Cancer

If you have had a mastectomy you may feel devastated as a woman. Breasts are important, and it may feel like you never want to go out again.

After, your surgery if you have plastic surgery especially, your doctor may not want you to swim because it puts stress on the suture lines.

After you heal swimming is the best thing for you. If you are embarrassed to dress in the dressing room you can go into a shower stall, or come with your suit on already.

Lots of people will be supporting you, people of all ages and people you might not expect to care that much.

No excuses now, your body has been through so much - you owe it to yourself to have the pleasure of the water.There are many attractive options for suits especially for mastectomy survivors - so suit up and jump in!

Bikini Athlete Remolache
Bikini Athlete Remolache

A New Sport: National Physique Contests

Bodybuilding for Women

It seems funny to me now that when I was growing up body-building was reserved for men, and even they were considered freaks.

Now of course body-builders are considered the height of feminine as well as masculine health, especially with pro's like Jillian Michaels from America's Biggest Losers. Not content just to trust the making of a beautiful body to fate, these athletes go through strict training to get to their results. A robust industry has sprung up, with millions involved in competitions, exercise regiments, nutrition and supplementation.

Nothing shows off a ripped body like a bikini so an entire wave of new athletes: "bikini athletes" have sprung up. The National Physique Committee is a leader in putting on some of the best contests around, and for making bikini models a respected sport.

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

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Beach at the Bikini Island AtollKerri Walsh - American professional beach volleyball player.Miami Spring festivalBikini backs in action.2011 Russian indoor athleticsKimberly Panganiban - psychotherapist.Noia en Bikini a Villa romana del CasaleModel Valerie SilvermanBerlin:100 metres race winner Sina Schielke (192) and the other Runners -2006Hot Import Nights, 2010Villa Romana Del Casale Bikini All GirlsFlag of Bikini AtollSummer Beach Volleyball 2008No coverage Brazilian bikinis
Beach at the Bikini Island Atoll
Beach at the Bikini Island Atoll
Kerri Walsh - American professional beach volleyball player.
Kerri Walsh - American professional beach volleyball player.
Miami Spring festival
Miami Spring festival
Bikini backs in action.
Bikini backs in action.
2011 Russian indoor athletics
2011 Russian indoor athletics
Kimberly Panganiban - psychotherapist.
Kimberly Panganiban - psychotherapist.
Noia en Bikini a Villa romana del Casale
Noia en Bikini a Villa romana del Casale
Model Valerie Silverman
Model Valerie Silverman
Berlin:100 metres race winner Sina Schielke (192) and the other Runners -2006
Berlin:100 metres race winner Sina Schielke (192) and the other Runners -2006
Hot Import Nights, 2010
Hot Import Nights, 2010
Villa Romana Del Casale Bikini All Girls
Villa Romana Del Casale Bikini All Girls
Flag of Bikini Atoll
Flag of Bikini Atoll
Summer Beach Volleyball 2008
Summer Beach Volleyball 2008
No coverage Brazilian bikinis
No coverage Brazilian bikinis

Bikini Athlete Competition - These Hard Working Athletes show How it is Done

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What are Your favorite kinds of Swimsuits? - Thanks for visiting my Lens -Please Comment

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      @Namsak: What a nice comment!

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      As long as there is a beautiful woman inside I don't care what style they are!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I like two pices, but I don't wear bikinis. Love all of your info here.

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      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      Bikinis are great. Thank you for writing such a great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Bikini will always be a classic.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: Well-structured items are important. I tried to feature ones like that from Amazon and I also look for Lands End suits when I go to eBay.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I like a well structured underwired one, whether onepiece, tankini or bikini, I find if it's tailored and supportive it draws attention away from the bits I'd rather people didn't see.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have never had a bikini body. I think I came out of the womb wearing a size 13. Its okay though, I am well balanced so that is what counts in a figure, hourglass.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I like the ones I can't wear (yet!) - but I'm working on it! Actually, you have just inspired me to get off my chair and do a little exercise! :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      @aviwolfson: I think you just like Danica Patrick.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      The kinds Danica Patrick wears in your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue video. :)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      still not sure i'd wear a bikini again but may give another look at the tankini style!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I tried hard to find suits with good support.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Thanks for sharing this, great info.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      @SuzyShopping: Obviously from a gorgeous girl.

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      SuzyShopping 4 years ago

      Bikinis are great - there's nothing like the feel of the sun on as much skin as possible!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I find it hard to get a swimsuit with enough support in the bra area. The whole process of choosing a new swimsuit discourages me.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I've always been too shy to wear a two piece but my daughters have no problem wearing bikinis. I think they are more in style now than ever, I see people of all shapes and sizes wearing them nowadays.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Wow -- great information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      women and girls always look good in a bikini

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I am a nudist...just kidding! But I guess I am a nudist in the bathtub..but I'm not really swimming in there. haha...<----laughing a my own jokes again.

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      I was so excited to finally get a one piece suit. To be honest, it came from kid's sizes as I am very petite and I did need to do a little renovating to the top since I am 'blessed' there. I do have several bikinis and a tankini but really just prefer a cute sundress over them. Lovely lens!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I went to the beach in Hawaii I wore a one-piece suit and my mother said "Well you look like such a lady compared to the scandalous girls in their bikinis

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very attractive pieces! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      My bikini days are behind me. I now wear a one-piece with a little pareo front. Helps to conceal what gravity is determined to have. LOL. Enjoyed the lens. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Fashion & Beauty » Women's Fashion » Bikinis and Bathing Suits" neighborhood.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thanks so much for the blessing! Definitely sounds like a great neighborhood.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Mandy Stradley: Tankinis rock!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I love old fashioned one pieces, but I usually stick with tankinis. I think they are more flattering and I do not feel uncomfortable in them.

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      bwet 5 years ago

      very interesting lens!

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I like to wear bikini swimsuit.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Tankini for me with a shorts bottom.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Great lens! I like bikinis with a halter top.

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      This was a really fun lens. It got me psyched for summer! Thanks!

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      vBizeso 5 years ago

      good work and nice lens....

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the fun swimsuit info.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      After two kids, no more bikini body but I am okay with that. I have to second the Lands End selection of swimsuits. I'm a fan. Fun lens.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Nice lens; good job!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      I love the 'vest' type tops and bikini pants! Love this lens, beautiful pictures!

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      marisun 5 years ago

      beautiful lens

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Lands End has a great selection - that's all I buy anymore. They last long and fit will. My favorite style is a tankini.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Inventor of the bikini was a guy engineer! I'm so proud.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a joy to see this getting home page honors, congratulations!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I feel most comfortable in tankinis.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm a senior who loves to swim. My favorite suit for swimming is a one piece with the straps that cross in the back. But, for just lounging around the pool I choose a 2 piece that has a skirt and a tankini top.

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      lamontcranston 5 years ago

      Women who wear bikinis will always be noticed by men who like women in bikinis.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I am most comfortable in a conservative one piece.

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      I am thinking that at my age fully clothed in low light is probably my best look

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      You've handled every square inch of both bikini and body quite sensibly and sensitively ... bravo!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      My bikini days are behind me...sign, fortunately there are tons of stylish one pieces to choose from. Angel blessed today.

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      Peregrina-JK 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks Rose you're so kind :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Gypzeerose: Wow, aren't you sweet? That was the perfect response... :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: I think I would find you very beautiful no matter what your size, motherhood makes a woman more appealing in my eyes.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I used to love my bikinis...before I had 5 kids. Now I'm on the beach in shorts and t-shirts... :( Would love to sport a swimsuit again someday!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I like a well cut one piece swimsuit.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Peregrina-JK: I bet you look adorable at the beach!

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      Peregrina-JK 5 years ago

      I like to wear bikini or monokini the cut-out swimsuit! Can't wait for the summer! Very trendy lens!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great lens with excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Phillyfreeze: After all, the majority of the female population in the USA wears a size 12 or larger. -exactly

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Todays swimwear manufacturers are very adapt at spotting current trends and fabrics and colors one year out. Plus-size models are now included in the seasonal marketing mix. After all, the majority of the female population in the USA wears a size 12 or larger.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sensitivity was the intent here! And encouraging everyone to have fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've always preferred a two piece swimsuit. Bikini's seem to be more for fashion than actual swimming....and only a 'little bit' of fashion! I enjoyed how you handled this so sensitively to plus sized, pregnant and ladies with mastectomies...yes, please do go to the beach and enjoy swimming for your health and well being....in the swim wear that will meet your fashion sense and physical needs...its all good! We all have challenges in getting that right fit for out bodies, no matter what our size and there are so many options now that look so nice.