What Happens if We Post Pictures of Happy Fat People on the Internet? 

In March 2015, Liz Boltz Ranfeld asked the question “What Happens If We Let Fat People Be Happy?” Her piece, published in Everyday Feminism, posits, “typically, stories about weight and happiness tend to be rooted in fat women losing weight, or perhaps thin women realizing they need to stop thinking of themselves as… »5/13/15 2:30pm5/13/15 2:30pm

'A What Ho!' 1920s Article on Racy Swimwear Is a Must-Read

L.A. Times Past, a Tumblr that archives L.A. Times articles dating back to the 1880s, has shared a wildly entertaining article from July of 1920, a tumultuous time for the risqué female bather who — thanks to the "Puritan pool edict" — were suddenly expected to cover up the scandalous bit of upper knee with a swim… »9/17/14 7:00pm9/17/14 7:00pm

This Photo Shoot Proves All Bodies Are Bikini Bodies

Hell Yeah, Summer! You know we're about to hit bikini season because it's a toasty 57 degrees in San Francisco and I've just started receiving swimsuit catalogs for Margie Levria (did she ever live here?) again. None of those catalogs, however, have got a thing on this amazing photoshoot from Swimsuits For All, which… »6/01/14 1:52pm6/01/14 1:52pm

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Goes to 7 Continents, Finds Exotic People to Use as Props

For the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the magazine photographed models on all 7 continents. A world tour of ill-fitting "swim" wear! But sometimes a half-naked lady standing in front of a gorgeous natural backdrop just isn't enough. So the photographers used natives as props. »2/12/13 3:50pm2/12/13 3:50pm

The White House Doesn't Want Bikini-Body Obsessed World Leering at Paparazzi Pix of Sasha and Malia on the Beach

Last week, President Barack Obama and his family were in Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation. Photographers captured several moments of POTUS during the trip, including a jaunt to a shave ice shop and a golf outing. Some vacation shots, like this one, are actually released by the White House itself. But when a… »1/08/13 12:50pm1/08/13 12:50pm

Beach Report: Bikinis Are Out, Maillots Are in, Wear Whatever the Hell You Feel Best in

According to the fashion forward folks at the New York Post, bikinis are out and one piece swimsuits are in. This is because... well, Kim Kardashian wore one once? And, as we all know, she's an arbiter of good taste. OK, that's unfair on both accounts, Ki-Ka can certainly rock a LBD, and maillots do appear to be a… »1/03/13 9:30pm1/03/13 9:30pm

Match Your Bathing Suit to Your Book, Even If You're Plus-Size

Have you seen Matchbook? The site that pairs bikinis with reading material? It's been passed around like wildfire lately. But what if you're not super svelte? After finding that almost none of the bikinis came in her size, Kate Harding created a "plus size edition." My faves are the brightly colored suit above and the… »8/01/12 12:10pm8/01/12 12:10pm