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November 6, 1986
There's a new swimsuit in town, and it's the opposite of everything swimsuits have been for the last few years. Instead of high-cut legs that aim for the armpit, these legs extend halfway down the thigh. Instead of baring practically all, this suit is so covered up it would have been approved by the old Hays Code. Most revolutionary of all, this suit is not just for swimming. It can also be used for aerobics or bicycling.
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February 15, 2014 | By Ted Gregory
Decades before he became known as the Teflon president and the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan was a hunk in trunks. For seven summers on the banks of the Rock River, north of Reagan's boyhood hometown of Dixon, Ill., the young man who became president monitored the beach at Lowell Park. Locals say more than a few women faked peril in the water so that the strapping, handsome fellow who sometimes parted his hair down the center would whisk them to safety. "There are a lot of people who'll come to town for a Reagan visit and the first thing they ask is, 'Where is Lowell Park?
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IMAGE
June 13, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Icons Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot famously posed in fuller-cut swimwear and came off sexier than any bikini-clad Sports Illustrated cover girl could. If you want to channel that retro style at the beach, try posing this summer in something from Marysia Swim. Marysia is only three seasons old, but the line's classic looks are a fresh breeze in a sea of body-baring bikinis. Designer Maria Dobrzanska Reeves draws inspiration from swimsuits from the 1940s through 1970s and from her childhood ballerina training in Warsaw — hence the tutus and leotard shapes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Models Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen have landed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition's 50th anniversary cover.  The annual cove r, shot by photographer James Macari, was revealed Thursday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" with a splashy display outside Kimmel's studio on Hollywood Boulevard and features the three models topless with their bikini bottom-clad backsides to the camera. They're also knee deep in aqua-blue water in the Cook Islands, but who cares about that, right?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Christie Brinkley seems to be defying the laws of aging and broadcasting it as she gears up for her 60th -- yes, 60th -- birthday on Sunday. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model flaunts what she's got on the latest cover of People , posing in a teal swimsuit for the mag. "Christie at 60! All her stay-young secrets" the headline reads, and the va-va-voom factor she brings to the glossy surely does the mag a few favors. "I never would would have imagined this is how I would be celebrating my 60th ... But Thank you PEOPLE Magazine for hopefully sending the message that with proper diet , exercise ,and joie de vi[vr]
IMAGE
February 9, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go. On the subject, she says: Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking. " Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion. " Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day. Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it. Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | From staff reports
LONDON — Brendan Hansen : breaststroker, soon-to-be father and knowing seer. Days before the first official splash of the Olympic Games, Hansen was discussing life after the now-banned swimsuits, the ones responsible for the avalanche of world-record swims. "The spotlight draws back to the athletes," Hansen said. "Now it is, may the best swimmer win. It's not like: 'Should I be wearing that suit?' In the past Olympics, you're looking at the guy next to you, 'Can I beat this guy?
NEWS
May 26, 1989 | ROSE-MARIE TURK, Times Staff Writer
For almost every woman, the thought of buying a new swimsuit is filled with dread--and longing. If only she weren't so fat. If only she had a tan. If only the store's fluorescent lights weren't so cruel. If only she could find a salesperson. If only someone made a magic suit, one that would trim her waist, flatten her tummy, perfect her bosom, lift that derriere and whittle those thighs. "A swimsuit is the most painful apparel purchase a woman can make," says Eleanor Walsh, marketing and communications specialist for Du Pont, makers of the Lycra used in swimwear.
TRAVEL
June 8, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
When getting off a bus at a major tourist attraction in India, forge ahead and try not to make eye contact with the vendors who will swarm you (unless you really want one of those trinkets). Sometimes, the vendor will try to place the object on your body, thinking that once it is on you, you have to purchase it. Just brush it off and go on your way. Jane Barack Los Angeles When traveling internationally, take along a roll of toilet paper. It compresses more than you think, and you never know when you'll be using some primitive facilities at a historical sight.
TRAVEL
November 13, 1994
Readers should exercise caution when using one of James T. Yenckel's packing tips ("Is Your Luggage a Mess?" Aug. 28)--namely, "take old clothes on a trip and discard them along the way." For a recent trip to Palm Springs, I packed an old swimsuit, but bought a new one there. I tossed the old one in the wastebasket. A few days later, a package arrived containing the discarded swimsuit and some thongs somebody else had left behind. Now if I leave anything behind in a hotel room, even paperback books, I also leave a little note letting the staff know it is being left behind on purpose.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
  While much of the United States battles winter weather, the Sports Illustrated 50th-anniversary swimsuit issue will have you ready for summer. The cover, revealed during the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show on Thursday, features models Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge striking a provocative pose in the Cook Islands near New Zealand. Their names might not sound familiar now, but the swimsuit issue has helped launch the meteoric rise of models such as Kathy Ireland, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blue gown by designer Carolina Herrera at Tuesday night's state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. Celebs including Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephen Colbert mingled with the pols. [Los Angeles Times] Los Angeles designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed their best collection yet at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore says. It included some gowns meant only for the runway that were inspired by "Star Wars.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
At 55 years old, she's no spring chicken, but come Feb. 18, Barbie will strike a sexy pose for Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue along with famous beauties such as Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton.    The appearance will be the Mattel doll's first in the magazine's pages. The toy, a perennial bestseller despite a recent slump in sales, first appeared on shelves in 1959 wearing a black-and-white chevron bathing suit. Barbie's spread in Sports Illustrated, shot by Walter Iooss Jr., will feature 22 dolls.
IMAGE
February 9, 2014 | Susan Denley
For some models, a Sports Illustrated cover helps pave the path to enduring fame and fortune. Here's the rundown on seven success stories. Cheryl Tiegs Age: 66 S.I. covers: 1970, 1975, 1983 Known for: Considered to be the first super model, Tiegs was also the first woman to appear on more than one S.I. cover when she racked up her second in 1975. But it was an inside shot of Tiegs in 1978, when Brazilian model Maria Joao appeared on the cover, that caused an uproar. Tiegs' photograph showed her emerging from the surf in a wet mesh one-piece suit that revealed almost all her assets -- generating a record number of canceled subscriptions (340)
IMAGE
February 9, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go. On the subject, she says: Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking. " Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion. " Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day. Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it. Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Christie Brinkley seems to be defying the laws of aging and broadcasting it as she gears up for her 60th -- yes, 60th -- birthday on Sunday. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model flaunts what she's got on the latest cover of People , posing in a teal swimsuit for the mag. "Christie at 60! All her stay-young secrets" the headline reads, and the va-va-voom factor she brings to the glossy surely does the mag a few favors. "I never would would have imagined this is how I would be celebrating my 60th ... But Thank you PEOPLE Magazine for hopefully sending the message that with proper diet , exercise ,and joie de vi[vr]
IMAGE
May 27, 2012 | By Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
In Southern California, where the abundance of sunshine can lead to numerous days at the beach and a summer full of pool parties, the purchase of a new swimsuit is serious business. For some women, it's the toughest sartorial challenge of the summer. The shopping process often involves many trips to the mall, the nightmare of dressing room lighting and small pieces of stretchy fabric that will force a shopper to take notice of every bump and ripple on her body. This season, however, the less-is-more philosophy in swimwear is taking a back seat to a focus on smart, fashionable styling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1999
I'm writing to clarify a statement about the American Red Cross that appeared in a letter to the editor ("Lakes at Hansen Dam," Letters to the Valley Edition, Nov. 14). The author states: "Part of the problem of attendance is attributed by local residents to the zealous enforcement of Red Cross-approved bathing suits, which local residents and white lifeguards agree is a racially motivated policy." The American Red Cross does not have a Red Cross-approved swimsuit. Swimsuit requirements, if any, are established by the pool facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian is at it again. This time, she's sharing a steamy selfie of her post-baby body in a skimpy white bathing suit. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star flaunted her figure on Instagram late Wednesday, posing in a white one-piece that leaves little to the imagination. Read: Plenty of sideboob and contoured buttcrack action. The photo, which showcases her infamous derriere, simply bears the caption "#NoFilter. " PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West No filter, indeed.
HOME & GARDEN
September 6, 2013 | By Carrie Friedman
I am running errands on a rare free afternoon when I drive past the restaurant Little Door on 3rd Street and surprise myself by having an anxiety attack, pronounced enough that I have to pull over. I can't get a good breath. My hands are so sweaty they slip on the steering wheel. I was last here a decade ago with my boyfriend at the time. We were together for six years, and for most of those years I felt like a disheveled beauty queen, my sash out of whack, Vaseline smeared on my teeth, trying so hard to win his love.
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