• Thu, May 16 2013

Introducing ‘Fatkinis,’ A Bikini Line Exclusively For Women Sizes 10 – 24

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It’s May, which means nearly every magazine that hits news stands will tell you how to “slim down for swimsuit season.” Most major gossip websites will repeatedly compliment women with “bikinis bodies,” then subsequently shame the ones with anything resembling cellulite, stretch marks and/or figures that they deem unacceptable to be wearing a bathing suit. Of course, the only thing that actually creates a “bikini body” is to put a bikini on your body (or to make a body out of bikinis, I guess). But finding bikinis for women over a size 8  – and not just plain, ill-designed one-pieces — can be pretty difficult. Now, with the advent of “fatkinis” and this amazing collection that resulted from Gabi Gregg and swimsuitsforall collaborating, it’s easy for anybody between a size 10 and 24 to find gorgeous bikinis.

Gregg, also known as GabiFresh, is an awesome blogger who refuses to let people pressure her into not participating in all facets of fashion. She teamed up with swimsuitsforall after her blog posts about wearing a bikini blew up on the Internet, leading to countless other women wearing two-pieces for the first time and having the confidence to post photos online. Now, the swimsuit collection she helped design is online, and it is super rad. It’s also reasonably priced — something that most beautiful, plus-size bikinis are not.

According to Moshe Laniado, president and CEO of swimsuitsforall, the collaboration was very natural:

“Gabi’s ‘fatkini’ stories shed light on the misconceptions about women, body image, and swimwear. The idea that all women can look amazing in a great swimsuit is what swimsuitsforall is about. Gabi’s story tore down old notions that sexy swimsuits are only for Sports Illustrated models.”

I’m not only stoked about how beautiful these designs are. I’m stoked because they aren’t supposed to be “minimizing” and they aren’t intended to coverup your “problem areas” (those pesky thighs are such troublesome misfits, eh?). They are flattering in a “that looks great on you because it’s a well-made bathing suit” way rather than a “we’re going to do as much as possible to make you look thinner” way, which is how the term “flattering” is often applied.

Plus, their campaign is awesome. They models are not hypersexualized, the way heavier models often are, nor are they hiding out away from the party. They are the party, and they look happy, beautiful and excited. It’s almost unnerving how surprising the way their photographed was to me; I guess I’m just not used to plus-size models being shown in the same way as standard models, and that is a terrible thing to be so adjusted to.

The amazing high-waisted galaxy bikini above, by the way, is right here and has my size, so I think I’m gonna have to snag it up this season. As in, right this minute.

Photo via GabiFresh/swimsuitsforall.

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  • Megan E

    As a big girl myself, I’ll pass on this.

  • OhOk

    …but those swimsuits ARE designed to hide problem areas. Or do you have another excuse for the uniformly high waist?

    • JennyWren

      I’m wondering if this is just the designer’s personal taste? It’s a pretty small collection, after all. High waists are very big this year in straight-sized swimwear too.

    • ZanBrody

      I looked at the site and actually the suit is designed to be worn either pulled up, scrunched into a normal bikini brief or folded over into a mini skirt. It’s a pretty nice design to give people different comfort levels.

  • Cee

    Hmm I predict some people may take issue with the fact that the bikini hides the belly. I wonder if they all do that. I for one, like the high waist, it hides the peach fuzz under my belly button that makes me feel like a disgusting human :/.Chubby AND fuzz= lots of meaness from others

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      I just hate navels! They weird me out hella bad. I love high waisted everything because of this.

    • http://twitter.com/misst0pia Not-So-Miss Kelli

      I’m irrationally disgusted by unattractive bellybuttons. I get that we all have to be comfortable in our skins and love our bodies’ quirks, but I can’t help but visibly recoil when I see one that doesn’t fit my rigid standards of navel perfection. My sister is the same way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/freedom.fromtyranny.9 Freedom Fromtyranny

      nice try

      but CEE’s point is right on target

      YOU might not like the belly but others do like the belly

      add that in that there IS IN FACT BELLY FAT and your argument is really weak

      NOT that you dont like the no navel look, but that there is IN FACT a concerted effort TO HIDE THE MID SECTION DUE TO

      THE BELLY

      please save the “clever sneakiness”manipulation for others

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      Wut.

      No, really, I hate bellybuttons. I also wear a stomach-showing two-piece on occasion and so do most of my friends, so, no, your argument is also invalid when applied to me.

      I also hate caps lock. And “clever sneakiness manipulation” barely makes sense grammatically, so I think I also hate that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBasile Lisa Marie Basile

      And, yeah, it’s not grammatically correct.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBasile Lisa Marie Basile

      Cee: “I wonder if they all do that.” —> You could take a peek on the website. No?

      Also, I mean, isn’t everyone different? Some might want to hide the belly. OTHERS might not. SOME might hate navels. OTHERS may not.

      Sneaky? Manipulation? Gosh, if you think a health blog discussing bikinis is, as you say, sneaky manipulation, I feel bad for you when you READ THE NEWS ABOUT THE WORLD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBasile Lisa Marie Basile

      I don’t think they’re necessarily hiding anything, because high waist is in-fashion now, and has always been, really, since the pin-up girl days of the 40s and 50s. i mean, sure, it hides a problem area, but people of all size want to “hide” or “accent” things. I think the designer took into account real women’s bikini desires. I’ve ranged in weight from a 4 to a 10, and I like high-waists no matter what. Some days I’ll wear it. Some days I’ll drink a couple of beers and eat a fajita and still rock a bikini. It’s really individual. I do NOT like the term ‘fatkini’ because I still think ‘fat’ has a lot of negative associations to do with it, THOUGH I do respect the reappropriation of the term.

  • pattya

    i think its amazing! its totally adorable and stylish and super sexy. what does a one piece or a swim dress really cover up anyway. might as well go for it. I am ample, covering up doesn’t hide my shape or size from anyone. I am pretty excited about this!!
    and yes, as with all clothing you pick something that accents your good features and diminishes the ones you don’t feel so great about.

  • Maria

    I’m in favor of high waists in any kind of garment on any body type, so I love these!

  • http://twitter.com/TigerBenton T Benton

    The one I like the best is already gone. :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.yokel Mouche Bonneau

    I love swimsuitsforall! They are awesome!!!

  • Anon

    Ugh. I’m a size 10 and didn’t know I was fat until I read this article. I mean, I suspected…

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      First of all, I understand your qualm. I mean, it’s frustrating when people label one size “fat” and another “not fat,” especially because the idea of dividing sizes up and labeling them that way is weird in and of itself. I’m a size 10 – 12 and, while I certainly have body fat because of course I do, I don’t really mind GabiFresh’s labeling because it’s not meant to be derogatory. It’s meant to reclaim the word and, rather than have possessing body fat be a negative thing, to just use it for ourselves and apply it to beautiful clothes. (I have zero association to her, just fyi, so I s’pose I can’t talk FOR her, but I assume that’s what this is.) Anyway, you’re not “fat” in a negative way; we all have body fat, though, and discussing or celebrating those of us who have more body fat than others — which is, of course, all relative — is not an inherently negative thing.

    • alice

      oh sam, you never fail to make me feel better. i read your articles every day you really are awesome. this is perfect.

  • Nubian Times

    This girl needs to lose weight. It’s disgusting to think that overweight women think it’s okay to display their inability to work out and to not eat excessively by parading themselves around in a MOO MOO swimsuit! What type of man thinks this is sexy? I hope this company goes bankrupt. Exploiting and encouraging a vulnerable group of women to live an unhealthy lifestyle; by furnishing them with clothing that covers up their blubber is beyond lowbrow.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      Get off my Internetz.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBasile Lisa Marie Basile

      Wait, are you joking? I can’t tell. I REALLY hope you’re a troll, or joking, or just completely out of touch with reality because what you just said literally blows my mind.

      EXPLOITING? ENCOURAGING? I know PLENTY of “plus-size” women that run, workout, play on sports teams and eat well, LIKE, ALL OF THE TIME. And guess what? THEIR DNA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BODY SIZE. Which happens to look beautiful on them.

      I also know I’m considered “normal” weight and I just ordered Domino’s Pizza at 2am. SO, by your twisty logic, can I wear a bikini because I’m a size 6-8, even though I eat like a pig? Are you serious right now?

    • o-rly

      Ahhh yes, blame the genetics, for they magically add calories to your diet. Even if you exercise and eat healthy.

      Honey, sometimes you just need to call it as it is: there are people who are allowed to blame their genetics (which is a DAMN SMALL MINORITY), the rest is just lazy and don’t eat healthy, period.

    • k

      Caloric intake and physical activity are by far the primary drivers of body composition, not DNA.

    • http://twitter.com/Tobi_Is_Fab Nerdy Lucy

      Yay! Trolls are fun.

    • Sammie Jo

      oh yeah, by all means, only manufacture clothing that doesn’t go any higher than a size 6, let all the women who actually look like women, walk around nekkid just so you’re happy.
      The first lady has a size 18 caboose if I ever saw one, why don’t you tell her to lose some weight?

    • carla bonesteel

      Of course!! She shouldn’t be allowed to swim until she loses weight…therefore, no need to make a bathing suit that fits her! LOL…Let’s not DARE “encourage” overweight people to wear clothes! That would just be crazy! Especially clothes that…wait for it….PROMOTE EXERCISE, like swimsuits, perhaps…Love the trolls.

    • Sammie Jo

      right, and when she has NO clothes, she has to stay in the house until she arrives at the approved weight. lol
      Please note, that they make speedos for men in any size without any discussion! lol

    • http://twitter.com/radishthegreat Radish™OfWillendorf

      The bigger the man, the smaller the Speedo.

    • Sammie Jo

      I’ve seen men in speedos, whose belly flopped over so much, you couldn’t tell if he was nekkid or not.

    • jonesybabble

      Damn you had me there, I was thinking you’d really hit on something until you added the “stay in the house’ part.

    • Sammie Jo

      well if they don’t make clothes for larger women, what else are they going to do but stay in the house? lol

    • jonesybabble

      They could play beach volleyball ?

    • carla

      Haha…the best part is…a lot of your “NUBIAN” brothers think it’s sexy. LMAO

  • Holly Go Lightly

    Why are there no fat models?

  • http://www.facebook.com/freedom.fromtyranny.9 Freedom Fromtyranny

    while some people try and bulk up in a healthy way, more try and slim down for health reasons , and yes health reasons include the mental aspect of good health

    You dont gain points by putting down non fat people

    not that you are as much as others

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      I’m so confused; when did I “put down non-fat people”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBasile Lisa Marie Basile

      You didn’t. I think there’s a lot of static buzzing about. Ignore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/freedom.fromtyranny.9 Freedom Fromtyranny

    Also, you will notice that the bigger models ARE IN SHAPE

    SO AGAIN, the very people WHO ACT like they are on your side

    are not

    why not show, IF you are going to show big models, BIG models

    bbw not in shape for their big size

    cause most women are not in shape

    so YOU CANT ACT like you are for realism but then accept these in shape models

    • Amanda Chatel

      Dude. What the FUCK is wrong with YOUR caps lock?! Looks like both you AND your computer keyboard need some FIXIN’ stat. You MAKE no SENSE.

    • http://twitter.com/Tobi_Is_Fab Nerdy Lucy

      What language is this?

  • ChattyCathy

    Hmm, so a 10 is fat. WTF is a 0 then?

    • CutiePie

      Thin

    • Carolina Cornejo

      Beautiful

    • http://twitter.com/LostIn1977 Lost with Poe

      anorexic

    • Sammie Jo

      scrawny with one foot in the casket!

    • BoldEagle

      With a cig between her lips and a tornado bearing down on her trailer home.

    • CH1EF_QUEEF

      How evil and cruel.

    • carla bonesteel

      Practically dead.

    • jackeyb

      0=A woman thats thin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.vandiamondsworth Richard Vandiamondsworth

    Gabi is incredibly sexy. Would love to have a GF like her.

    • truther

      Gee, Dickie, do you have a big, fat wife? Is that why you are so angry all the time?

  • Natalie

    I just wish they were called bikinis and not fatkinis. I really love the convertible skirt idea. It’s genius. Because when I am tanning, I want a bikini bottom, when I am walking around I want a skirt, and when I am swimming I want a high waisted bottom (because I feel like my bikini bottoms always are about to float off). They aren’t in my size though, so that’s disappointing. See! No one can ever be totally happy, even the ‘skinny’ people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RetiredSceneQueen Emmali Lucia

    A size ten is not fat.

    Good God

    • Sammie Jo

      No kidding, nowadays anything over a 14, off you go to the big butt dept!
      If I was a size 10, I would look like a corpse, 12 is perfect for my height, besides, real men, want real women and real women don’t stab you with their rib cage.

    • Natalie

      Actually, a real woman is anyone with a vagina. And sometimes, not even that. Calling a skinny woman less of a woman for her lack of “meat” is just as mean as calling a bigger woman too much woman.

    • Sammie Jo

      not really, transsexuals have vaginas, I don’t consider them real women.
      You totally missed what I was saying, real woman as in a female with some meat on her bones, not some bag of bones.

    • N

      She did not miss your point. I do think however that you completely missed hers. Being a “real woman” is not about size. Skinny women should not judge larger women and vice versa.

    • Sammie Jo

      listen, when a female looks like a bag of bones, that is not a real woman, it is a bag of bones.

    • http://twitter.com/0oIAMSHEo0 IAMSHE

      You are so deluded.

    • Sammie Jo

      yeah, whatevah! lol

    • http://twitter.com/0oIAMSHEo0 IAMSHE

      When you decide that based upon your own insecurities you can arbitrate what is and is not womanhood you become an accomplice to those same forces that see to standardize femininity and make it one size, one race, one hair color, etc.

      You need to wake up. You sound a bit…mad (in every sense of the word)

    • Sammie Jo

      I am probably the least insecure person you’d ever meet, but if it makes you feel good to think that, go ahead.

    • k

      Self delusion is strong with this one. Please see comments re: that size is perfect “for her height,” and numerous “real women” comments.

    • Jorja Andrews

      what you just said is still shaming female bodies : shaming thin women is not the opposite of shaming larger women.

    • N

      In your opinion. One you obviously need to have so you can feel secure about yourself. That’s fine – it’s what you need. It’s always unfortunate when a woman has to tear down another woman in order to validate herself, but it happens all the time.

    • Carolina Cornejo

      bag of lard

    • http://thevailspot.blogspot.com/ Rich Vail

      You just can’t get rid of that Y chromosome.

    • Sammie Jo

      Oh geeeeez, what a brilliant retort, I am sooooo crushed. lol

    • meteor_echo

      Well, bonus points for you for hating on skinny women and trans women. As a “bag of bones”, by your standards, I would like to tell you to go fuck yourself with a rusty rake :)

    • Sammie Jo

      well aren’t you just the most classy thing to come down the pike in years! lmao
      Nowhere did I say anything about hating anyone, a bit insecure in your pointy bones, are you?
      I offered my opinion like everyone else, just because you don’t like it, is no reason to act like a classless hoe (since we’re using garden equipment).

    • meteor_echo

      Well, it’s spelt “ho”, dear, since it’s basically abbreviation of “whore”. Also, aren’t you contradicting yourself? Am I the most classy thing or classless, after all?

      Besides, I’d rather wear my pointy bones proudly than be a basic shit-talking wonky body-shaming flop who has too much time on her hands to stick to a single Gloss article – about swimsuits, no less!

    • Sammie Jo

      Well “dear” I spelled it “HOE” because you inserted a garden tool reference, sorry it went over your pointy head.
      You’re on here also, doing your shit talking, if you remember, you told me to fuck myself with a rusty rake. lmao
      You assume a lot in your very wrong description of me, all of it wrong.
      Sorry, it sucks to be you.

    • meteor_echo

      Your precious little joke was neither witty, nor funny, it just added slut-shaming to the list of your flop activities.
      “pointy head”

      What do you think I am, an Alien? I wish though, then you would be quiet :)
      It may suck to be me, but I’m not a body-shaming, trans-hating slut-shamer like you. You’re wrong about one thing – confident human beings don’t do this because they’re confident enough to not hog the “real woman-ness” all to themselves. My suggestion about the rusty rake still stands – at least you’d have your hands off the keyboard while getting a tetanus shot.

    • Sammie Jo

      put down the crack pipe.

    • meteor_echo

      Aww, the poor preshus baby ran out of good retorts. Come at me again, honey, and this time, with something wittier and more interesting. By the way, the suggestion about the rusty rake still stands.

    • Sammie Jo

      sorry to disappoint you, but you are just not worthy of any more of my time, and talking to someone on crack is a total waste.
      What’s funny is you accuse me of spending all my time here, but yet, here YOU are, again, and again.
      Well sugah bugah, you’ll just have to flap your blue gums at someone else, you really are a bore.
      You really should see someone about your rusty rake obsession, I think you should update your tetanus shots.
      Toodles, get a life. lol

    • meteor_echo

      I think that you just completely ran out of stuff to say that isn’t full of bigotry, so you’re trying to flush the conversation down the drain. Exactly like expected from a jealous flop :)
      Well bye, flop, nobody in this comment section will miss you and your bigotry.

    • Sammie Jo

      oh you poor thing, are you still here trying to do a rant? lol
      Why would I be jealous, I’m neither fat nor a bag of bones, I believe the term is “just right”.
      Laughable that you would think so highly of yourself that if someone gets bored with you after, how many days, that they’ve run out of things to say.
      Get a life sweetie.

    • meteor_echo

      “sorry to disappoint you, but you are just not worthy of any more of my time”
      Well, since you keep coming back, apparently I am :)

      “I believe the term is “just right”"
      But not bright.

      “Why would I be jealous”

      Because truly confident people don’t declare themselves “real women”, as if real woman-ness is a limited resource and female humans should fight for it.

      “if someone gets bored with you after, how many days”
      It’s been just one day, and you already ran out of things to say? SMH, dear, SMH.

      Now let’s see if I’m “not worth your time anymore”. I bet you’ll come back anyway.

    • meteor_echo

      “sorry to disappoint you, but you are just not worthy of any more of my time”
      Well, since you keep coming back, apparently I am :)

      “I believe the term is “just right”"
      But not bright.

      “Why would I be jealous”

      Because truly confident people don’t declare themselves “real women”, as if real woman-ness is a limited resource and female humans should fight for it.

      “if someone gets bored with you after, how many days”
      It’s been just one day, and you already ran out of things to say? SMH, dear, SMH.

      Now let’s see if I’m “not worth your time anymore”. I bet you’ll come back anyway.

    • meteor_echo

      “sorry to disappoint you, but you are just not worthy of any more of my time”
      Well, since you keep coming back, apparently I am :)

      “I believe the term is “just right”"
      But not bright.

      “Why would I be jealous”

      Because truly confident people don’t declare themselves “real women”, as if real woman-ness is a limited resource and female humans should fight for it.

      “if someone gets bored with you after, how many days”
      It’s been just one day, and you already ran out of things to say? SMH, dear, SMH.

      Now let’s see if I’m “not worth your time anymore”. I bet you’ll come back anyway.

    • meteor_echo

      You really don’t have anything to say that doesn’t sound batshit insane, bigoted, or outright jealous, don’t you? :) Well, a jealous flop is, sadly, a jealous flop, and in this case, with a hardcore case of body-shaming. Bye, flop troll, this comment section won’t miss you.
      P.S. Don’t forget to take that rake with you, you’ll need it with that attitude~

    • jackeyb

      Transexuals have manmade vaginas, they weren’t born with ‘real’ ones. Basically fake, just like fake boobs.

    • anna

      My mom is 5’10 and currently at 90 pounds recovering from illness. She’s shockingly thin and knows it, and it trying hard to gain weight. But your comment seems to imply she’s “not a real woman” even though she’s a mother, a wife, a daughter, a buisness owner, a survivor, and a bad-ass.
      It’s situations like this that I take offense from that, even though it’s an offhand comment. I think you have been attacked far too personally, your size and life don’t matter, but that comment personally attacks some people so they’re going to get offended. You didn’t say that comment thinking about my mom, you don’t know me or care about me or my mom’s health but when I read it you just attacked my mother.
      So when you say things like “not a real woman” think of all the interpretations different people are going to have

    • gemma_sanji

      bravo *clap clap* eloquent and well reasoned without being mean

    • emma

      exactly. I am in remission from breast cancer, I lost my hair, my eyelashes, I lost all my curves, and I literally lost my titties from a double mastectomy. and now I lost my woman-card?

    • Carolina Cornejo

      nor is a huge greasy bag of lard

    • http://www.geekosystem.com/ Victoria McNally

      Wow, what? No. You have that the most wrong.

      All women are real women. That includes trans women, whether or not they actually have vaginas. That’s also regardless of what they weigh or what they look like, and it doesn’t matter what guys LIKE them to weigh, because women aren’t here for guys.

    • carla bonesteel

      Totally agree! How can you possibly put a size 10 into a bathing suit called a “FATkini?” That’s just depressing. Really.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maxwell-Jump/100003240025333 Maxwell Jump

      Ever heard of “self esteem sizing”? It’s why a size 10 in the US is a size 14-16 anywhere else in the world.

    • BoldEagle

      In France a US 10 would be a 10,465.

  • Sheila W.

    One Name Chris Christy he claimed to be a healthy fat man next he got lap band surgery. Therefore at the end of the day there may be a whole lot of very obese people who for periods of time who run and, appear healthy. In the long run the are not. A size 10 is not fat period (depending on your height), I have worn a bikini as a size 10 and trust there was not an ounce of fat anywhere and it fit well. We have gotten used to paying for bad craftsmanship from our manufacturers. Clothes that have been made from shoddy fabric and sized for the “ideal woman” 0. All of the damn political correctness is going to walk off right off the cliff. No, I don’t want people who are obese made fun of or bullied. But, I don’t want them codified into death either. I also want better made clothes for all of us. Clothes that aren’t made in sweatshops by workers making $1.50 a day in hazardous conditions. Clothes that are made with attention span of a teenager, wash them once/twice and you have to buy new ones. Yes, I appreciate this designer creating a line of suits for larger women to feel glorious about their bodies. This thing about attempting to call women a size 24 curvy is ridiculous, when your belly, breasts, meet while your standing. You don’t have curves you’re fat. When your stomach hangs between your knees when you sit, and hangs there even after you stand up you’re fat not curvy. So, go forth big girls shine wear your bikinis in all your glory, love your self but, a size 10 is not fat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      “trust there was not an ounce of fat anywhere”
      That is literally impossible. If you don’t have an ounce of fat anywhere on your body, you could easily die. I mean, there is that one woman with a condition that causes her to not have an ounce of fat on her body, but the vast majority of us have an ounce of fat. Several, in fact.

  • http://twitter.com/LostIn1977 Lost with Poe

    That woman in that photograph is very attractive. Not because of her looks but because of the confidence she radiates. It does help that she is a beautiful woman though. Plus size or not she’s awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/Kyrondo Dessalines

    I don’t know what fat is but that model is looking good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440672768 Jacquelyn Boyet

    When the heck did size ten become a plus size? What?

    • Eva Rinaldi

      Depends on your height, frame size, and muscle mass.
      I agree that it seems a bit low, but I’m also really sick of people looking and height+ weight when sizing things and believing that every woman who is 5’5″ and 134 pounds is going to look the same.

      There’s a great site called MyBodyGallery that shows photos of real people, and you can search by height and weight. You can easily find 5 women at the same height and weight who are radically different t-shirt sizes and look very different.

  • M Rose

    That is not a bikini. It is simply a two-piece swimsuit. Nothing really new about it; looks like suits from the 1950s… before the bikini.

  • Galt2100

    My eyes! My eyes!

  • JackSheet

    Western civilization is doomed

  • Dan

    FBHO

  • flabtastic

    wow… LOTS of ANGRY LAND WHALES up in here LOL

  • BoldEagle

    How about first getting oneself a big fat diet and then a nice teeny bikini?!!

  • WHALE_HUNTER

    THATS A HUGE BITCH!

  • jmalkman

    Be sure to choose an easily identifiable color, like neon orange. We wouldn’t want the Japanese to mistakenly strike you with their harpoons out on the hunt.

  • Diggsc

    Women should not be judged by their overall body size. They should be judged by their breast size.

  • Dr. Illusion

    If you whales want to wear bikinis, please do it at home. I’m about to hut the beach for vacation and I don’t want my experience ruined.

    • Finrod Felagund

      Well, I don’t like running into insensitive jerks when I’m on vacation, so please stay home yourself.

    • jonesybabble

      I wouldn’t be too concerned, the only ruin he’s likely to experience is his mom coming downstairs while he’s watching the Playboy channel.

  • duke

    NO-kinis…PLEASE !

  • http://thevailspot.blogspot.com/ Rich Vail

    Well, the model is hot…

  • Galt2100

    Next up, Teddies! Or in this case, Grizzlies…

  • yestradamous

    I bet half the guys kvetching about big women are sporting giant beer bellies. Gentlemen, look in the mirror first!

  • peivoon

    “and they aren’t intended to coverup your “problem areas” ”

    ummmmmm

    Not sure if you’ve noticed, but regular bikinis do not cover the entire stomach area. Regular bikinis usually finish well below the belly button. Fatkinis CLEARLY are designed to coverup obese women’s main problem area, their stomach. No really, look at the picture, they’re bikini bottoms with the bottom of a shirt stuck on top. If you think fat women are beautiful (and yes, the pictured women absolutely IS fat), then that’s great, good for you. But saying that this is a regular bikini that doesn’t “cover problem areas” is just flat-out denial. Show her in a bikini that finishes below her belly button and then we’ll talk.

  • Leah Hoffman

    The words “fat” and “size 10″ should never, ever be used in the same sentence.

  • Eva Rinaldi

    My first thought was damn that girl looks good in that swimsuit.
    But I mainly don’t wear bikinis because I am a waterslide, lap swimming, try to see how many backflips I can do in a row in the pool kinda girl, and I would never be comfortable worrying that my bikini top would somehow go askew, so even if I loved the way my stomach looked, I probably wouldn’t buy a bikini. I have a damned cute little Marilyn Monroe one piece I got at Old Navy, and I defy you to tell me it’s not just as sexy as a bikini would be.