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Women's Muslim Swimsuits

Updated on January 1, 2014

Swim Comfortably and Modestly

Having had a couple cancers already, I choose to protect my skin and wear modest attire at the beach.

I've found that not all modest swimsuits look like black scuba skins under huge t-shirts, anymore. Now we have a wide selection of color coordinated suits to satisfy everyone's taste.

See pictures of my outfit and the story of how I began to wear it, below. My reasoning was two-fold: after my conversion to Islam I became more conscious of modesty in public, and skin cancer is an ever more present concern.

photo credit: A Burquini

It is No Longer Odd to See Beach Goers Dressed - for protection and fun

More and more folks the world 'round now wear sensible and fun comfortable swim gear for allover skin protection. Skin health is the body's first line of defense against elemental damage. Once you wear these great outfits you won't settle for swimming in anything less.

More and more women are wearing full-body swimsuits to preserve modesty and protect their skin from harmful rays. It wasn't for nothing that the Burqini was designed in Australia.

Prior to buying one of these, it was hard for me to imagine what all that fabric would feel like. But most of the swimsuits are made of polyester/spandex mixes. Those combinations tend not to cling to the body when wet, and water tends to run off meaning a fast drying suit.

Since the suits resemble scuba body skins covered by either a long pullover vest or jumper top that extends to above the knees, and scuba divers are pretty common in our larger bodies of water, we don't feel so odd in long suits anymore.

The Suit I Opted For

My swimsuit consists of a pair of long, loose bottoms. The top is long-sleeved and fits like a snug t-shirt that snaps easily and securely over the crotch of the pants. Over that is a vest or sundress-like topper.

Mine was teeny tiny for the size I ordered. I'm tall and accustomed to buying a larger size than I might need, to get the length. I couldn't get the dress part over my bust so I stashed it in the closet and hoped my exercise plan would make me teeny tiny too.

I sewed my own swim dress out of polyester fabric - which I would not recommend except as a last resort, which mine was. Polyester clings to the body and legs of the swimsuit and defeats the whole purpose of the dress over the skins - like scuba-skins.

However I've used it for months and it has gradually seemed to grow as I shrank. When I forgot it a few times in the shower room I tried out the original dress and it fit, and the fabric does shed water! Swimming again is one of my true joys!

Burquini Designer Talks About her Style - Even the Head is Covered

Swimsuit head-coverings vary with the designer. Most are designed to hold long hair comfortably and securely, with find hoods attached to the neckline or separate, like mine is, or even detachable.

It's now easy to feel great, knowing that my skin is protected and body covered for participation in a full range of water activities this year.

OK, so I bought one of these, now what!

For the first six years after I converted to Islam by making my declaration of faith, "there is no god but God, and Muhammad is his Messenger," I did not swim at all.

For years prior to that I had enjoyed swimming in a bikini or one-piece suit, every Summer, delighting in the sensations of all water exercises, floating and swimming!

It was before I felt comfortable and competent on the Internet, and I was unaware that there was such a thing as a swimming suit designed for muslim women.

photo credit: my photo

Super for Modest Beachwear

Thanks to cable TV news where I watched a spot on how muslim women were swimming in comfort and modestly in this suit they named the "Burkini!" Before long I made my selection and purchase. My anticipation melted in disbelief when I pulled the suit from the mailing carton.

This wisp of a garment surely could not cover my long body, I skepticized in dismay. Then I held up the over-vest, with it's printed bodice, and I knew I had never been that small - it was tiny! I really mean tiny! AND IT WAS SIZED XXL TOO.

The rest of the suit is stretchy to the max, but not the vest - the heart of the outfit! It is designed to hit mid-thigh, but not so for a tall woman. So I set this part aside. And with it my plans to swim anytime soon. Eventually I forgot the swimsuit and my quest for that refreshing exercise mode dried up.

But then it sparked again, and I tell the tale below! Enjoy the modesty of specially designed swimsuits for Muslimahs.

Alsharifa Full Cover Islamic Swimwear Swimsuit
Alsharifa Full Cover Islamic Swimwear Swimsuit

This is a fine pick for the sporty woman who wants updated styling. I like the trim fit for super activewear.

 

Australian Style Muslim Swimwear for all Modest Women in Many Styles & Colors

Modesty is a virtue that can seem undetectable at beaches worldwide, but more businesses are designing bathing suits for those who don't want to show it all! without compromising their beliefs.

The alternative is to rent a whole pool for a section of the day, to provide a closed swimming environment, but groups often only meet for these swims every month or so and some people are objecting like this.

It's not only Muslim women who are making attempts to be modest when they go out - there's also a contingency of Christian women and Jewish women, and other women, who just don't feel that they need to expose their bodies.

North America Made Alsharifa Veilkini Swimsuits

with four-way stretch fabric

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complete swimming comfort

Swim Dress With Hood and Leggings

Contemporary graphic print dress tops a sleek set of leggings. Fashion forward.

Aaila - Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable
Aaila - Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable

Some days just sort of call for a longer and looser top - you know what I mean, and I like to have this type of top on hand.

 

Chic & Modest Color & Fit Swimsuit

Adeena Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable
Adeena Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable

Stand out in this high contrast modest cut swimsuit. Muslim women and anyone who values modesty at the beach or pool will love this style.

 

Stunning Lines on Designer Swimsuit

Aamira Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest And Fashionable
Aamira Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest And Fashionable

I like the versatility of this design, with close fitting hood, collar trim, and red tie belt.

 

Youthful Style Modest Swimsuit

Abal- Muslim Full Coverage Swimwear- Isalmic- Modest
Abal- Muslim Full Coverage Swimwear- Isalmic- Modest

This swimsuit brings simply styling and designer chic to Muslim swimsuit options. I like the unique color.

 

Animal Print Yoke Swimsuit

Aamilah Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable
Aamilah Modest Muslim Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable

If you want to stand out from the crowd, choose this stylish muslim swimsuit.

 

Sleek Tunic Modest Swimsuit

Afifa - Muslim Swimsuits and Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable
Afifa - Muslim Swimsuits and Islamic Swimwear - Modest and Fashionable

Trimmest modest swimsuit, for the gal who wants to choose her own headcovering.

 

Kids Modest Muslim Swimsuits - Really Great Buys

UV Protective Swimwear for Kids. Stylish and fun one piece swimsuits with 'built in' sun protection. UPF 50+ (2/3, Kameha-Blue)
UV Protective Swimwear for Kids. Stylish and fun one piece swimsuits with 'built in' sun protection. UPF 50+ (2/3, Kameha-Blue)

Great colorful styles for kids to protect them from harmful rays in a comfortable, fun suit.

 

Meet Your Modest Clothing Needs

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      Adiba Khan 2 years ago

      Even i love exploring swimsuits of different designs. You might like EastEssence's collection of Islamic Swimsuits. The ones you've mentioned here are wonderful by the way.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Ruthi: I find it refreshing, too, when windows crack open to let in bits of fresh air - makes me want to go around the house opening more. Thanks, Ruthi.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I honestly had no idea about Muslim swimsuits! Thanks for reminding me to think from another's view on everyday things.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Isn't that the truth. Most of us, these days, are really concerned about skin cancer prevention and some of these suits deliver the best.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I haven't seen these before, but what a wonderful idea!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @nikahexplorer: Swimming is so healthy and it's much more enjoyable when we know our swimsuit provides all the cover we need.

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      nikahexplorer 3 years ago

      Yes Muslim woman also go for swimming and yes i feel like these kinds of swimsuit will be a better option for them :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks. a wide range of women are making the decision to go modest these days, in spite of the pressure to expose all.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      No, I have not seen these before but they look gret and I think more of these modest swimsuits are needed given what women are wearing (or rather not wearing) to the beach these days. Thanks for sharing.

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      sabaz 3 years ago

      coo collection !

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: You got it! After 15 years of not exposing my skin it's now strange to see other women wearing the same little suits I used to wear. I sure don't want another cancer.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Some great designs. Very useful for anyone not wanting to expose themselves to the possibility of sunburn or skin cancer.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @noner: For years after my conversion to Islam I didn't swim, and then I asked too and found these special swimsuits and bought that one for myself. What a sweet solution.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I would totally wear these because I'm always cold so I never wear a bathing suit.

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      noner 3 years ago

      Wow, I actually learned something from this lens. I never knew that modist suits, even with head coverings, existed. I had once even asked my husband once (while at our beach where I feel most women wear too little) what Muslim women swam in. He said he guessed the didn't go to the beach.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @anonymous: More and more women are wearing them, and they also help protect from the sun's harmful rays.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @richardrose: Yes, more and more people are keeping their skin covered because of the dangers from the sun combined with the glare off water, if not for modesty alone.

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      richardrose 3 years ago

      Interesting selection here for those who prefer to cover up

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @AundreaG: You are so welcome. It's nice that even young girls can wear these swimsuits. I appreciate your story of shopping.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Kim Milai: Thanks so much. It's good to hear from you. We are among many religions that signify the importance of modesty. I knew only one person who was Bahai, and that was a lovely elderly house cook for an elderly "lady" from England. I had joined the household staff as the server and pantry maid during time in College at the University of Nevada. I never forgot the life lessons she taught me.

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      AundreaG 4 years ago

      These are so adorable! Especially the pink. I always wanted one if these styles, but could never figure out where to buy one. When I went shopping for a swimsuit in the summer, I had to go to 3 stores just to find a one-piece in my size. They were all much too big. The only small sized swimsuits were bikinis, which I hated wearing even before my conversion to Islam. Thank you for showing me more modest options.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      This is terrific! I am not Muslim (I'm Bahai) but the swimwear is wonderful, functional and attractive for modest taste. I do like long maxi skirts but I'm tall so all the maxi skirts are more like ankle skirts. I found an athletic store online that had tapered neutral real full length sporty pencil skirts and found them modern and modest.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: We find that we have so much in common, over the course of learning more about religions. Thanks for your comment.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I'm a Mormon and although we believe in modesty, it's not quite at the extent of what many Muslims adhere to - nevertheless, I very much appreciate this lens and all who believe our bodies are sacred and not something to show off to everyone (a la exhibitionism).

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These swimsuits are terrific! I'm glad you found something that you feel comfortable with so you can enjoy swimming again:)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Shorebirdie: Thanks, desertdarlene. That's a good idea, for women to dress modestly in countries where they uphold higher standards of modesty than in the western world.

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I think these are great for anyone who wants to dress modestly or limit their skin exposure. I would also suggest these for women who plan on vacationing in areas with a high Muslim population as well.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: Yes, and mine is black too, with the medium color swimdress, but I'm thinking of getting a new light color skin set too.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Great choices, you don't need to be Muslim to wear these suits, they're great if you have a high risk for skin cancer, or if you just like to be covered for comfort or modesty. I've mostly seen the plain black ones which are a bit dull, but you've found some lovely ones.

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      zeptra 4 years ago

      very nice lens,,, :)

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      Karen Kay 4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      I learned something new today! These are really cute too. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I didn't know these existed. The examples you show are stunning. I love the black and orange Adeena suit. I would be happy to wear that to a party :) I really learned something today - thank you!

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Very nice lens

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Nice lens :P

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      My granddaughter is a toddler with a "rash" protector type swimsuit that I've often admired. I had no idea one could find similar protective swimwear for adult women. Thanks for an informative and helpful lens!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Tipi, thanks. I'm amazed at how many people are still exposing their skin to sun in order to tan. I did it for decades of my life, until I heard about the dangers, and now I'm very careful. So sorry to hear about your losing your dad that way. I do have at least one family member who has had melanoma.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a smart choice for those wanting to protect their skin and attractive too, I hope many women find this and your sales soar, I FB liked right away to share with others, love it! We lost my Dad to malignant melanoma and that sure has made us all more careful about the sun.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Nice ideas and very interesting lens, these swim suit look great

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love this idea. Not everyone wants a bikini. I certainly don't! Modesty is more charming.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Not only are these swim suits beautiful, I'm sure they provide excellent sun protection as well

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      These are great! :) I'm not a Muslim myself but I'd still be quite tempted to wear these as I burn so easily outside lol!

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      BorednBroke 4 years ago

      wow not bad....some are ok, but some of the suits are kinda cute.

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      ariyanto 4 years ago

      nice idea for muslim..nice to meet you :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @XHTMLJunction LM: I agree, and it is certainly satisfying to remain modest in dress.

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      XHTMLJunction LM 4 years ago

      The purpose of wearing hijab is for the Muslim women to look modest, not to attract attention by showing our the skin. Great Thinking and nice work. thanks

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      aylsbillones1 4 years ago

      I agree it is very stylish and cool outfit..

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      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

      Very stylish Muslim swimsuits!

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      yes, cool ideas for muslims

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting lens.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Thanks for sharing the comment.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      We have some relatives who are Muslim, and I have always loved their modest swimsuits. Especially as I get older, I really don't like to wear traditional American swimsuits for women. I just don't feel comfortable in them anymore!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Nightcat: I like the idea that they both protect the skin and guard modesty.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Iftikhar-Hussain: Thanks. It's lovely to have such a selection of suits.

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Wow now how nice this lens is Papier.. I really like it and surely going to recommend this to some of my friends and offcourse pick some for my wife too :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      What wonderful suits! High time ladies return to chic swimwear and modesty. Blessed! :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @RosaMorelli: Thanks. I wear one and it actually feels good to have the fabric on my legs.

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      RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      These are gorgeous, Papier. Quite stunningly beautiful, and as you say, in addition to the cultural and faith implications, they're very sensible swim or beach wear simply for sun protection.

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      SmokeybonesJr 4 years ago

      Papier very nice Lens. I teach our troops about Muslim Culture before they deploy overseas. Please take a look at my Customs and Cultures Let's Talk Lens. :-)

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Some awesome swimsuits

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Some of these swimsuits are really rather attractive. How nice that Muslim women are able to enjoy swimming without compromising their beliefs.

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      101PRODUCTREVIEWS 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, great job!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @crossroadsblogg: That sounds great. I wonder where one might find a citation for that information. I didn't swim for ten years after my conversion, and finally bought myself a swimsuit and it feels wonderful to swim in.

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      crossroadsblogg 4 years ago

      Nice lens. From what I understand is that swimming is one of the sport encouraged by Prophet Mohamad together with archery and horse riding.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very interesting new fashion

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      This is so cool, now the Muslim woman can go to swimming with a proper swimwear.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very interesting presentation. I have never seen a swimwear made of muslim. It certainly looks great!

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      RationalHedonist 4 years ago

      I'm glad you finally got back into the water doing what you love!

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      adventurerLily 4 years ago

      I love your posts so much....and i want to have more advanced communication with you....Welcome to watch my lenses...And i am happy to be your 101 visiters...

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      Botellould 4 years ago

      Nice lens, haven't seen this swimsuits before.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      First time I've seen Muslim swimwear. More used to pools being for women only, etc.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never seen Muslim swimwear before :) Great lens!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I never thought of Muslims swimming...just didn't think of it. Thanks for sharing

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      very interesting I had never seen Muslim swimwear thanks for sharing

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I always laugh when I see these.. a friend of mine here in Kuwait wore one like this once to a public beach here, and the suit was purple... well... she is a bit overweight, and she ended up looking like Barney :) I just swim in a long dress and abaya! :) Blessed!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Surprisingly stylish and lovely! I actually have wondered if Musilm women were able to swim in public given most swimsuits. You have answered my curiosity!

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      I heard of Muslim swimsuits, but never seen any for sale, interesting lens

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      MikeRobbers LM 5 years ago

      those Muslim swimsuits are really stylish & beautiful ,

      Interesting lens, thanks!

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Honestly I did not know Muslim swimwear existed. I guess I never really thought about it. Great lens. I learned something new today. Thank you.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      These are some very interesting swimwear for Muslim women.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other articles

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Modest yet beautiful swimwear.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      The swimsuits you've shown here are very pretty. I'm glad you're once again able to swim, which is so beneficial for health and fitness.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      I really have wondered about this in the past and now I know. Thanks!

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      MyBabyBoo 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      These muslim women suits are very pretty. Great lens!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      These muslim women suits are very pretty. Great lens!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      These swimwear look interesting and pretty.

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Interesting swimwear!!

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Very nice lense!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Very well represented the lens by Papier. Really appreciable lens.

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      I tend to think we need some sunshine. I hate to burn, but like to get sun on my skin when it's out.

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      alexarim20 5 years ago

      That's awesome and your work are so good. i liked.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Something new. Interesting swimwear!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, great job!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Very pretty swimwear! I much prefer seeing ladies covered modestly, especially myself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very attractive, modest swimwear!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens...I love learning something new, especially pertaining customs to other religions...thanks for sharing!

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      success4ever lm 5 years ago

      Very thoughtful lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very modest and awesome swim-suits for women.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      interesting indeed. gave you a 'thumbs up' for this being a creative lens with a topic I've never seen before.