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May 27, 2012 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On a recent episode of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing," one of the real estate agent cast members went shopping for a swimsuit to wear on a celebratory jaunt to the Hamptons. The price for the fancifully printed swim trunks at the exclusive Vilebrequin boutique in Manhattan (a Beverly Hills outpost is just off Rodeo Drive)? More than $400. Men's swimsuits have become the latest obsession for the well-dressed man, whether he leans toward storied items like Panerai watches, Hermès ties and John Lobb shoes or prefers cutting-edge Givenchy T-shirts, Thom Browne suits and Balenciaga high-tops.
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?
January 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
It's the middle of winter, so it must be time for a swimsuit issue to liven up magazine reading. No, not that one. National Geographic is doing a swimsuit issue. It's a special newsstand-only issue that takes a detailed look at people wearing swimsuits but without quite the titillation some other magazines muster. Instead, National Geographic takes the reader on a historical tour of the swimsuit over the last 100 years. The issue goes on sale Feb. 1.
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?
February 20, 1998 | RUSS STANTON
If you didn't make it to the fine print of this week's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, two Orange County companies landed their goods in the magazine's biggest-selling issue of the year. The big winner was GirlStar Swim, the women's swimwear line of Irvine-based Gotcha International, which had two of its suits in the 220-page special issue. In addition, a suit made by Radio Fiji for Raisins, which is owned by Costa Mesa-based Quiksilver Inc., made the magazine.
June 28, 1995
The next Miss Baldwin Park will answer an essay question, wear an evening gown and display a special talent--but the honor won't be for wearing a swimsuit. The scholarship pageant has eliminated the skimpy outfits from the contest for the first time in 35 years. "We wanted to base this on their academics, instead of exposing their bodies," said Rita Gallegos, pageant coordinator.
February 21, 1996 | Greg Johnson
Remember the Teflon president? Well, get ready for the Teflon swimsuit. Tyr, the Huntington Beach-based swimwear manufacturer, is now marketing swimsuits with a "revolutionary" new fiber that incorporates Teflon, the stuff that was made famous in no-stick frying pans. Don't laugh. Swimmers shave their legs and don racing caps in order to improve their hydrodynamic efficiency and lop precious milliseconds off their race times. Traditional suits absorb water and cause drag, slowing swimmers down.
From the look of the suits in the recent ISAM (International Swimwear and Activewear Market) extravaganza at Universal Studios, any woman who wants a new G-string bikini will have to go to Brazil to get it. And anyone who believed the show's title, "Swimwear of the Future," must have been disappointed.
May 15, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The battle between high-tech swimsuit manufacturers TYR and Speedo has escalated in a significant way, moving from the pool deck to the legal arena. Huntington Beach's TYR Sport Inc. upped the stakes by filing suit on Monday in federal court against Warnaco Swimwear Inc., parent company of Speedo and producer of the news-making LZR Racer swimsuit. TYR did not specify the damages it was seeking but did estimate that the long-term loss to the value of its brand could reach $500,000.
September 17, 1995 | From Associated Press
Miss Oklahoma, Shawntel Smith, got a birthday present some young women only dream about: She was crowned Miss America on Saturday. But she had to share the spotlight with a viewer poll over whether to retain the controversial swimsuit competition. The swimsuits, a 75-year pageant tradition, won overwhelmingly. Of nearly 1 million telephone votes cast on 900-numbers, 79% favored keeping the swimsuits.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
Glamour has gone to the beach. From sheer chiffon sarongs to black fishnet shorts, the swimsuit cover-up has come a long way from the traditional terry robe. Today's style-conscious sun bathers want glitzy get-ups for strolling the sand. "Swimwear is fashion. It's not just swimsuits," says Monica Acuna, district manager for Everything but Water on the West Coast. "Women don't just throw an old T-shirt over their new $90 swimsuits."
Here in the world swimwear capital, it seems a man could find any style of trunk imaginable. Even if he hasn't exercised since George Bush was president. But would it flatten his gut? Slim his hips? Make his thighs appear tree trunk-like? Beef up the caboose? Would he care? Maybe you don't hear the same disappointed sighs of disgust and muffled whimpering from males that one catches drifting from women's dressing rooms. But some men do suffer swimsuit angst.
February 28, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Carmen Electra has slipped into her iconic "Baywatch" swimsuit a decade and a half after wearing it on the busty lifeguard drama. How's that for #throwbackthursday? The actress and former Playboy model last donned the red one-piece when she was 25, but now, at 40, she's wearing it again and showing off her gams for InTouch magazine. She admits, though, she was hesitant to put it on. "Once I got it on, I felt amazing," Electra told the mag. "It was a million times better than I thought it would be. " PHOTOS: Elton John Oscars viewing party Electra, born Tara Leigh Patrick , posed for the beach shoot wearing nude heels and toting a bright red rescue can that we so often saw on the series, which also starred David Hasselhoff , Jeremy Jackson and Electra's pal Pamela Anderson.
February 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
It is like having a “booth babe” come out of the print advertisement.  Overseas, Toyota has used a cross-dresser to sex up its advertising. Now the Japanese automaker, known for its conservative cars, is leveraging Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue published Tuesday and smartphone technology to juice up the advertising for its new Lexus IS here in the U.S. In a print ad it calls “Blend Out,” Toyota said it cast three swimsuit models to pose with the Lexus IS and “camouflaged the models within the scene - actually making them part of the set design.” Readers can use smartphones to scan a QR code on the ad so that “when they place their phones on the page, the models come to life, walking out from the background and revealing themselves in their swimsuits.” The QR code triggers a video of the sexy models cavorting next to the new IS. The viewer can slide the phone to the next model in the advertisement and see her dancing, too. It's pretty racy for a brand whose average buyer age is well into the 50s, especially considering that about half of IS sales are to women.
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