Frustration. That's how we got here. When you've got big boobs and can't find attractive swimwear that fits, the only thing you can do (other than go swimming topless - which is liberating, mind you) is suffer through and wear swimwear you hate or... you could design your own swimwear line???
My foray into designing swimwear was also brought about because I moved to Byron Bay and my trusty bikini top of 3 years virtually disintegrated on me. Fair enough, too. I wore that thing to death - not because I loved the way it looked. I've never loved how any of my old swimwear looked, but because it was sleek and supportive with no moulded or padded cups. It's only defining features. Other than that, it was pretty nondescript, boring and matronly, which is par for the course when you have a large bust, but as a fashion lover, is abominable, relatively speaking.
I've always had big boobs. As soon as I hit puberty (age 9), I developed big boobs quite quickly. By the time I was 13, I had size 10C cup boobs. Now, this doesn't seem that remarkable when you're an adult, but when you're one of the very few girls who has developed boobs, let alone big boobs at the age of 13, you notice that it is actually remarkable. Remarkable because at such a young age, you're on a quick path to boys staring and teasing, men looking at your body differently and as they quickly develop into larger breasts - not being able to acquire a bra for under $50! Or buy a bra in your tiny country town - long before the wonder of online shopping!
I've had the past 16 years to acquire a very good understanding of what I do and don't like when it comes to underwear and swimwear! Now, I have added all these elements into my capsule range of swimwear and hopefully I've started something you can all enjoy!
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Seeing my how body changed also changed how I felt about certain sports. I went from enjoying and excelling at gymnastics, to developing larger hips and breasts than many of the other girls. And I hated how I looked in a leotard. So I changed sport - even though I was still very proficient. I dropped gymnastics and dance and replaced them with new sporting challenges.
I chose sports where I could cover up my curves. Netball and touch football became my go-to activities. Yes, more running which was annoying for my fuller bust, but so much fun in the team environment. And more importantly? No. More. Leotards.
Hands down, this is my favourite bra of all time. So I've reviewed* it for you.
The best way for our busty community to look after each other is to spread the word when we find a busty brand we love!
*Yes, this is an image of me wearing lingerie and showing off very specific anatomical parts... Yes, I am mortified... But I digress.
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'...how [can I] consciously run a swimwear company knowing the very specific and extremely damaging effect that the fashion industry is having on climate change?'
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