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July 6, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Back in the day, you only needed a bikini to be beach-ready. Simple, right? Today we are under so much pressure to be buff, bronze, busty, and bootylicious, the idea of lying by the pool has become laden with strife. "I certainly go out of my way to avoid any place where I need to wear a bathing suit," said Nicole Wolverton, 39, a freelance fitness writer and rower from Aldan, who admits to being toned yet terrified of donning skimpy swimwear. "If there is a pool party, I'll go, but I refuse to put on a bathing suit.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2013 | By Jen Miller, For The Inquirer
On a hot day last July, I took my red string bikini for a farewell lap. I was a late adopter, and didn't start wearing bikinis until I turned 16, when a friend dragged me into an Avalon, N.J., department store and slapped me into a boy-shorted edition in electric purple and green. In college, in Florida, I watched classmates prance around the school's pool in flimsy two-pieces, their halter straps tied around their necks and peeking out under tank tops that had been tossed on for class.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1986 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
"The bikini," taste dictator Diana Vreeland once howled with classic restraint, "is the most important invention since the atom bomb. " It was 40 years ago today that the blast was heard around the world. That means 40 years of exposed female flesh. That means 40 years of lust and envy, anxiety and depression, horror and hubris. Actually, Vreeland, one-time editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, was onto something: The bomb did have something to do with it all. The bikini, constructed of two next-to-nothing strips of cloth, was named after the Pacific atoll where nuclear bombs were tested.
LIVING
July 12, 1987 | By Sue Chastain, Inquirer Staff Writer
One might have thought that those sadisti- er, inventive folks who design women's swimwear had already explored virtually every way that the female body could be exposed, short of indecently. They'd cut up to here and down to there. They'd used see-through lace and transparent-when-wet synthetics. They'd ruffled, draped and twisted. They'd added so many ties, laces and zippers at strategic spots that fallout became a greater hazard for many wearers than sunburn. Still, after they'd worked every possible variation on the one-piece suit and the two-piece suit - what else was there?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
When we were growing up, my sister and I lived with a few indisputable rules: Little girls didn't wear black, ever; absolutely no makeup until we turned 16; and a bikini? No way. These were things reserved for grown women, not 7-year-olds. Today that clear line between childhood and adulthood is blurry and pink in a Hello Kitty kind of way. Technology is a major culprit (parents are friends with their kids on Facebook); however, fashion - with her sequins, skinny jeans, and pouting glossy lips - is the top offender.
NEWS
May 2, 2007 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane says she is "mortified" over a gossip item in yesterday's New York Post that she had sent private e-mails and suggestive "bikini" photos to NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen, which were intercepted by his wife. The story, which Lane said was not what it appeared, quickly became the talk of a celebrity-starved town and even mushroomed into national fodder as scandal-sniffing bloggers inveighed against Lane. In an exclusive interview yesterday with The Inquirer, Lane insisted she was not a home-wrecker.
NEWS
June 25, 1990 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rabbi Izzy Wolmark arrived in a panic. "The limo to the airport was late," he said to his wife, Moriah. "Hurry up, Izzy!" she reprimanded. "We were worried you wouldn't make it. " The rabbi raced inside to change his clothes. No time for modesty, he started to undress right there in Room 141, a math classroom at Northeast High School. "I'm nervous," he said to Moriah. "I need some oil. " All of the other 60 men competing Saturday night in the Mr. & Ms. Greater Philadelphia Body-Building Championships had already finished their routines.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
After an intense day frolicking in the waves and sunning on the sands, it can be hard to make the transition from boardwalk-appropriate to bistro-chic. Unless, of course, you have the right cover-up. We aren't talking about that wrinkled sarong or tired T you've been using for way too long to hide your beach bod. Those ratty days are over. Look this summer for the fashion conscious to conceal love handles and camouflage bottoms in fit-for-a-dress silhouettes, ranging from embroidered maxis to color-blocked shifts.
NEWS
July 10, 1992 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Build a better condom, A.V.K. Reddy figured, and the world will beat a path to your door. And so the physician and inventor came up with one of the oddest creations in the history of contraception - the female bikini condom. It looks like something you'd find on a shelf at the local porn store: a pair of beige latex bikini panties with a rolled-up condom built into the crotch. During sex, the condom part unfurls and - voila! - the woman has her own instant protection against pregnancy and AIDS.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2009 | byline w
Thanks to all of the merchants who provided clothing to make this year's Sexy Singles look so great. Here is what they are wearing: G-N Kang : Betsey Johnson bikini ($98 top and $86 bottom) available at Shirley & Co. Jessica Boyington : Dress by BB Dakota ($73) available at Maxwell James, Haddonfield; satin-wrap sandals by Pucci ($535) available at ViVi G. Shoes, Glen Mills. Shari Smith : Dress by Theory ($275) available at Per Lei Boutique, Media; sandals ($135)
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NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
This boho-chic hallmark is a summertime staple - yet again. The trendlet Basic bikinis, chic cover-ups, beach bags, halters (and their funky cousins, bralettes) are lighter, airier, and beachwear-perfect this summer when fashioned from ecru-hued crochet. Even wide-legged trousers are getting into the loopy-stitched action. Where does it come from? Crochet is the French word for "small hook," but the textile-making technique was first used by Scottish peasants in the late 18th century to make hats, bonnets, and scarves, as well as collar and bonnet trim.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
After an intense day frolicking in the waves and sunning on the sands, it can be hard to make the transition from boardwalk-appropriate to bistro-chic. Unless, of course, you have the right cover-up. We aren't talking about that wrinkled sarong or tired T you've been using for way too long to hide your beach bod. Those ratty days are over. Look this summer for the fashion conscious to conceal love handles and camouflage bottoms in fit-for-a-dress silhouettes, ranging from embroidered maxis to color-blocked shifts.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jen: We hate plastic surgery! How many women in showbiz get plastic surgery by the time they're Jennifer Aniston 's age? Well Jen, 45, ain't one of them. She finds it disturbing to look at women who have had procedures. "I see them and my heart breaks. I think, 'Oh, God, if you only know how much older you look,' " Jen tells Yahoo Beauty Editor in Chief Bobbi Brown. Aging naturally is important both to Jen and her man, Justin Theroux . "I also have a fiancé who will put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way," she says.
NEWS
January 6, 2014
EVEN CELEBRITIES take a breather around the holidays - OMG, they're just like us! - but some juicy tidbits still emerged this week. Friday Demi Moore rocked an itsy bitsy black bikini on a beach in Mexico, looking muy buena - at age 51, but who's counting? Other celebrated rockers of bikinis this holiday season include Katie Holmes (Miami, halter bikini top with Daisy Dukes), New York "Real Housewife" Bethenny Frankel (Miami, seriously teensy red bikini) and "90210"-er AnnaLynne McCord (Sydney, Australia, weird strappy black bikini)
TRAVEL
September 2, 2013 | By Jen Miller, For The Inquirer
On a hot day last July, I took my red string bikini for a farewell lap. I was a late adopter, and didn't start wearing bikinis until I turned 16, when a friend dragged me into an Avalon, N.J., department store and slapped me into a boy-shorted edition in electric purple and green. In college, in Florida, I watched classmates prance around the school's pool in flimsy two-pieces, their halter straps tied around their necks and peeking out under tank tops that had been tossed on for class.
NEWS
August 27, 2012
OCEAN CITY, MD. - A city in China still holds the bikini-parade record after a failed attempt in Maryland. Organizers of Saturday's effort in Ocean City to take the title from Huludao City in China fell short. Only about 325 woman turned out under rainy skies. Brad Hoffman, who organized the parade for the North Ocean City Business Alliance, blamed the rain for the poor turnout. Organizers were trying to attract more than 1,085 to break the record set in China this month. The 25-block parade included women of all ages.
SPORTS
July 18, 2012 | By Tom Mahon and Daily News Staff Writer
gAWKERS who watch women's Olympic beach volleyball because the athletes wear bikinis (you know who you are) may be disappointed at the London Games. The weather there has been rather cool lately and rules state that if the temps dip below 60.8 degrees the women can cover up with leggings and long-sleeved shirts. The Games are scheduled to start on July 27 and so far, it has been cooler than that every day this month in London. In May, Great Britain's Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin caused traffic to come to a standstill during a training match in front of Big Ben while wearing skimpy two-piece outfits.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Wellington
You bought red short shorts in April, confident this would be the summer of the tight tush. But here it is July 4th and your bum is still too bootylicious. Or maybe that trendy midriff tank doesn't look quite right because your tummy is too tubby. And then there is that high-cut bikini. Whew! One extra french fry and even a perfect bod can test that two-piece. Sometimes you can use fashion to camouflage imperfections — an A-line skirt for pear-shapes or illusion sleeves for saggy arms.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2012
ULLA SWENSEN never made it to the Super Bowl, and neither did her teammates Karin Kristensen, Hilgar Oblief, Eva Jacobsen and Uma Thorensen. But 20 years later, Swensen - in real life, Peggy Trentini - looks back on her shortened season as a member of the Swedish Bikini Team as one of highlights of her life. "We had our 15 minutes of fame," she said in a telephone conversation from her home in Orange County, Calif.
NEWS
November 18, 2011
Lee Pockriss, 87, who wrote the music for midcentury pop hits such as "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Catch a Falling Star," and "Johnny Angel," died Monday at his home in Bridgewater, Conn. Perry Como made a hit of the gentle ballad "Catch a Falling Star" ("Put it in your pocket/Save it for a rainy day"), which Mr. Pockriss wrote with Paul Vance, in 1957. Shelley Fabares introduced Mr. Pockriss and Lynn Duddy's wistful love song "Johnny Angel" ("I dream of him and me/And how it's gonna be")
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