Brazilians Bikinis Are Getting Bigger

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When we think Brazil, we visualize beaches of beautiful Gisele-Alessandra-and-Adriana-like-looking girls dancing to samba and bossa nova in barely there bikinis (or the pool scene in South Beach). After all, this is the country that is known for its affection for floss. But we might need to tweak our thinking. It seems an unexpected side effect of Brazilians' rising wealth is an increase in their bathing suit sizes. Swimsuits are getting bigger. No, they're not developing some sort of newfound modesty in Ipanema (or, again, South Beach). Instead, it's the country's expanding waistlines that are leading to additional sizes. Ever the fabulous, free spirits, brasileiros are embracing their fuller figures with open arms. And, naturally, entrepreneurs are making bank by carrying a broader array of sizes without sacrificing the South American nation's signature sexiness. Look for plunging necklines, string ties, and barely there bottoms to continue being a staple of the Brazilian bikini. Is this a case of bigger is better? We're all for embracing your size, but, uh, weigh in below. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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