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These Bold Swimsuits For Breast Cancer Survivors Are The Most Badass Thing You’ll See Today

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Breast cancer survivors deserve amazing bathing suits as much as anybody, and thanks to a new Finnish design project, they could have them. The Monokini 2.0 bathing suit project was the brainchild of Elina Halttunen, who describes herself as a woman “with one breast and a passion for swimming.” After she had difficulty finding a bathing suit after undergoing a mastectomy, she decided to design her own.

“Having only one breast made finding fitting bikinis difficult. Therefore I fashioned my own Monokini,” she said. “I thought that maybe there would be others out there like me, women who wanted swimwear that would not make them feel that they were missing a breast.”

Working together with the two artists behind “Nutty Tarts,” they created a line of swimwear designed to work with the bodies of women who have lost one or more breasts to mastectomies, but that still look bold and fashion-forward. Helmut Newton was cited as one design inspiration.

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“I do not want to hide, I do not want to stop swimming, I do not want to undergo extensive plastic surgery operations, and I do not want to be forced to use the uncomfortable prosthesis on the beach. I want to feel as free and active as I did before my cancer, and Monokini 2.0 gives me a chance to do exactly that,” Halttunen said.

Some of the designs are reminiscent of gladiator armor, in the most badass way possible.

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The designs were modeled by breast cancer survivors, and according to Buzzfeed the photo series is going to be exhibited in Finland, Norway, and Sweden as part of an art exhibition. The swimsuits themselves are going to be produced through a crowdfunding initiative that is expected to go live next week on May 30. With a project this bold and samples as stunning as these, we predict they’ll have a very successful run of it.

H/T Buzzfeed

(Photos: Monokini2)

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  • Duh

    What is the point of a long-sleeved bathing-suit?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9AxVoG04ng Scandalous Kim

    Don’t like the look…

  • Kk

    I wouldn’t wear them. I don’t think it’s appropriate

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    • sunny

      Oh, god, please, elaborate on why it’s “inappropriate.”

  • Yolosauce

    Question: Do they have a designed speedos for testicular/penis cancer survivors or will regular ones with cutouts to reveal scars do? Axaxaxaxax? :D

  • sherry2310

    Why!?!?!? And what’s wrong with the one they have to cover up?

  • Guest

    Working together with the two artists behind “Nutty Tarts,” they created
    a line of swimwear designed to work with the bodies of women who have
    lost one or more breasts to mastectomies,

  • sherry2310

    Working together with the two artists behind “Nutty Tarts,” they created
    a line of swimwear designed to work with the bodies of women who have
    lost one or more breasts to mastectomies,…ONE OR MORE?! Don’t we only have two?

  • Julie

    I think it is great, now breast cancer survivors don’t have to be ashame of their bodies

  • Julie

    I think it is great, now breast cancer survivors don’t have to be ashame of their bodies