Not all swimsuits are the same, just as not all bodies are alike. Buying a bikini is like buying a pair of jeans. There are so many brands and styles on the market, and no two fit alike. These top 7 swimwear brands are Black-owned, and they are designed to provide any woman from a small, athletic body to a full-figure woman with lots of curves.
#1 – Bfyne: Nigerian-American designer and entrepreneur, Buki Ade, is changing the fashion industry through her culturally inclusive designs. She was inspired to start a swimwear line after searching for a unique swimsuit while on vacation; there, she realized the industry lacked creativity and representation of African designers.
#2 – Andrea Iyamah: Based in Ontario, Canada, this company is owned by Nigerian fashion designer, Andrea Iyamah. Her line features bright colors and Aztec prints with styles that are sporty and sexy and for the daring.
#3 – Nakimuli: Designed for curvy, plus-size women, this swimsuit company carefully designs suits that will make any curvy woman look good. The company is owned by designer Tennille McMillan and is located in Brooklyn, New York, which is also the designer’s home town.
#4 – Rue107: This NYC-based swimsuit company is owned by Haiti-born Marie Jean-Baptiste. Her roots are what inspire her style, which includes vibrant colors reflecting her creole heritage. Her swimsuit line is colorful, playful, yet sexy.
#5 – Monif C.: This company was founded by Monif Clarke and her mother in 2005 and is located in New York. She wanted to create luxurious and feminine clothes for plus-size women and is considered one of the best plus-size fashion designers. Her swimsuit line is contemporary with bold colors and well-designed features that will make any plus-size woman feel beautiful and sexy.
#6 – KAMOKINI: Swimwear designer Kambili Ofili-Okonkwo founded her swimwear line in 2013. Their designs are inspired by art, music, and African culture. The company makes swimwear that is fashionable, yet affordable.
#7 – Bantu Wax: Bantu Wax, based in South Africa, is styled to reflect the rich history of African art. The company is owned by fashion entrepreneur Yodit Eklund. Her products are sold to both men and women, serve the African surf culture, and offer global shipping.