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The Evolution of the Swimsuit, by Jessica Rey

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Fashion matters. It influences the imagination and drives the way people uniquely represent themselves. The evolution of the women's swimsuit is one place where there has been a visible shift away from modesty. In the current world of swimwear, small is often beautiful and less is considered more desirable.

But designer and actress Jessica Rey asks, "Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?" 

Rey argues that within the construct of modesty, there is a freedom — that modesty isn't about covering up what's bad, but about revealing dignity.

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adam, you have "rules for commenting" posted here!  i have never seen that!  (glad to know i haven't broken them yet!)

this was an interesting speech.  i do like her point about modest swimsuits revealing dignity rather than flesh.

and i've always been a fan a good-looking one-piece!  she's right: they are hard to find!

I wonder why I put those rules here of all places!

And I agree with you about modest swimsuits and good looking one pieces.

maybe you thought that bikinis would bring out objectivity of women and general bad behavior! (as her speech declares.)

Maybe. Luckily that did not happen. 

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