The swimsuit industry has been lying to us for years
Of course we all know how deeply Photoshopped and airbrushed-to-perfection almost all professional photoshoots are. Especially female models. And especially female models in swimsuits. Not that these women don’t probably look Barbie-eque in real life, but even models are subject to the touch-up treatment in photos.
A viral Twitter thread recently exposed the “truth” behind this perfection, and reading it will make you feel equal parts frustrated and validated. Here’s why:
You never forget where you were when you learned the swimsuit models are wearing bras they airbrush out of the pictures.
— Alex Trimboli (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 21, 2017
Writer Nicole Cliffe shared this little tidbit of information on Twitter yesterday. Swimsuit models are really wearing bras. Which is why their boobs look amazingly supported and supple in bikini and one-piece tops, and the rest of us, well, don’t.
Does this make any other mere mortal woman feel better? We think so.
Oh, thank God it’s not just us.
Apparently we aren’t the only ones to not be clued into this pertinent information. Other Twitter users shared their joined frustration at false advertising and perpetuating unattainable standards.
I am SO MAD. I've hated my boobs since 6th grade. I WAS 11. (and a C-cup).— Jen, Floral Bitch of the Resistance (@cygirl) October 21, 2017
Cleavage in a strapless bikini is liiiiiiieeessss— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) October 21, 2017
The years I judged myself harshly... pic.twitter.com/CkoKNhvFSj— Jen, Floral Bitch of the Resistance (@cygirl) October 21, 2017
Other women shared their feeling of relief and validation.
I hadn't realized that either. Shit, I feel a whole lot better now.— April Daniels (@1aprildaniels) October 21, 2017
This little “trick” is probably not surprising information for anyone. The fashion industry is rife with this kind of thing, which only serves to make consumers wish we looked like these models in our own swimsuits, — which is what drives us to purchase them in the first place. But then we end up feeling awful when we don’t. If it makes you feel a little rage-y when you think about it, the responses to this thread prove you’re not alone.
Now we know that even these thin, conventionally beautiful women get a boost (pun intended) in looking the way they do in these photos.