This is not a good fit
This is not a good fit

This is not a good fit

Fashion Week Miami: Real Curves Demand Real Bathing Suits

In the 60s beach babes rocked the “Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini.” But back then they weren’t sitting on their asses at a computer all day or drinking high fructose corn syrup by the gallon. Nowadays body types are as varied as personalities, and as a result, waterside fashions run the gamut from buttfloss to full-body unitards, depending on what part of the body is best prepared for the world’s scrutiny.

In honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami Swim, the good people at Lycra came up with “Reality Beach.” And it just might be what you need to coax you out of your fully-clothed shell -- a friggin makeover. Tuesday, while the sun was at its hottest, dozens of real women were inside a cool tent perusing rack after rack of Lycra-based swimsuits. The point was to see what works best for you, but a couple of lucky women were chosen to strut their bikini stuff – or stuffed bikini – tonight at the runway show being held at the Raleigh Hotel at 9:30 p.m. For all you model-chasers, this show will feature some “real women”; if you’re coming for the Barbie-type, you just might get the teller from your bank or your kids’ Sunday school teacher. --Raina McLeod

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