THE SPORTY SWIMSUIT
There are perhaps two major sects of sporty swimsuit wearers. One, the femme fatale—the only real match to James Bond in any of his movies—and second, the Kate Bosworths and Jessica Albas of surf movies—borderline brawny and with a UVA/UVB-nonfearing joie de vivre.
Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002) obviously fits the first category. Her bright tangerine bikini isn't complete without the multi-purpose knife strapped to her waist, an homage to another Bond girl with the same swim ensemble some four decades prior. Ursula Andress wore the all-white version in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), alongside Sean Connery. (TRIVIA: The iconic bikini sold for close to $60,000 at an auction in 2001!) Murderous accoutrements tied to the body seem to be a femme fatale staple. Consider Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider (2001), maneuvering a jetski in a black two-piece and a dagger strapped to her arm.
And then there are the likes of Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, 2002) and Jessica Alba (Into the Blue, 2005)—with a golden tan or a navel piercing or both—in a mismatched bikini or a bikini top paired with trunks or mannish board shorts, styled with a puka shell choker. It's a way of wearing the bikini that reflects a lifestyle far too sporty to worry about being matchy. For once we have heroines not with an infallible blowdry, but with locks saline-drenched and bleached by the sun.
Photo credits: www.telegraph.co.uk (Halle Berry); www.averagejoesblog.com (Ursula Andress, Angelina Jolie); www.ew.com (Kate Bosworth); www.news.com.au (Jessica Alba)
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