August 21, 2005 |
Reha Muhtar, a popular Turkish writer, was vacationing on Turkey's Aegean coast when he saw two young women, hair tucked under hoods, bodies cloaked in ankle-length outfits, diving off an expensive yacht. "Not in all my years had I ever seen anything quite so bizarre," Muhtar wrote in a recent column in the daily Sabah newspaper. The women were wearing Islamic-style swimwear, which is becoming increasingly popular among Muslim women who want to bathe without baring their flesh.
August 15, 2009 |
A punchy jingle kicks off the promotional video of a French firm that sells Islamic women's swimwear. Models wearing brightly colored, full-body tunic, pant and hijab combos frolic at the sea's edge swinging their arms in free-spirited step with the music. The water-resistant burkinis , outfits that cover everything except a woman's face, hands and feet, are designed for Muslim women in search of "a little more modesty" so they can "have more freedom to play sports," according to the manufacturer.
May 5, 1996
With sequins and swirling skirts, swimsuits fit for a siren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998 |
Like the swimsuits for which they are named, the Bikini Barbershop is back. Closed since Nov. 7, the attention-grabbing salon reopened Tuesday at a new location, 1673 Irvine Ave., where it will continue its gimmick: women in bathing suits cut hair. "It's a novelty," said customer Ralph Starkweather of Irvine, who got a $13 haircut on opening day.
June 7, 1987
So disappointed with "Eye on L.A." this season. Let's get away from swimsuits. Discovered "2 on the Town," my program now. Helen Demko, Fontana
September 4, 1988
The Aug. 17 story on swimsuits ("The Toughest Sell: Woman Hate to Buy Swimsuits, So Firms Try New Tacks") interested me for the reason that as a senior citizen I have found it difficult to buy a swimsuit to my liking. The manufacturers are not listening. The swimsuits are designed for the young or the svelte--the bikinis, the high French or hip cuts, the back cut low to the waist. These are ridiculous for us with our bulges and our bellies that come with aging. We want swimsuits that have a skirt built in front like the old-fashioned maillots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1990 |
Kimber Lee says the sun is brighter, the water is warmer and the beach is cleaner back home in Seaside, Fla. But the beaches are more suitable in Manhattan Beach, where she was visiting this week. That's because on Southern California's public beaches the 21-year-old can wear her favorite swimsuit. If she wears it on Florida's state beaches, she risks ending up in the slammer instead of the surf. Lee wears thong bikinis, a "swimsuit" that does little, if nothing, to cover the buttocks.
October 22, 1989
I like "Baywatch," not just for the well-filmed scenic views of the beach, not just for the great-looking swimsuits and not just for showing people having fun at the beach, but for showing the tremendous importance of having lifeguards. Emerito M. Semense Jr., Carson
July 25, 2009 |
In the coming days here at the outdoor pool of the famed Foro Italico, when the World Swimming Championships are fully underway, there will be moments of absolute triumph as more records fall. By next year, though, these records may well carry asterisks. Blame it on the suits.