Have you ever gotten a designer bikini as a birthday present?   Swimmer Stephanie Rice has.  When Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice posted a photograph of herself in a sexy designer swimsuit she got as a gift from fashion designer Ellie Gansalve, she suffered some backlash from her fans from her homeland Australia.  A former Speedo sponsored athlete, Rice took to the more racy side of things when she showed off in this sexy wrap around bikini number from designer Ellie Gonsalve.  The bikini bottoms are admittedly rather low cut.

Ellie Gonslave has hearkened her avant garde designs back to the day of Norma Kamali with her bikinis that have wrap around string ties in the midriff area.  I think the conservative backlash is a tad out of control.  Kamali style swimsuits were in style decades ago in the days of the famed Tees beach in Santa Monica/Pacific Palisades.  She’s totally covered even though the swimsuit is pretty sexy indeed.  Apparently Rice has tweeted racy pictures of herself before which is what the hoopla is about.  She was dressed up as a police woman for Halloween and posted that picture online, also to a chorus of commentary.

I think Rice should be able to wear any bikini she wants as long as it has enough coverage of her personal areas which this one certainly does.  Granted it’s no Speedo but it is no more revealing than many micro tiny string bikinis that are sold daily online by swimwear retailers.  Plenty of celebrities post pictures of themselves in outfits even racier than this one.  She’s a big girl and can make her own decisions.  She does have a wholesome image to uphold which this swimsuit defies, but at the same time, she’s just a young girl having some fun.  It’s not uncommon if you consider what college peers at her age might wear. 

Chalk it up to momentary insanity, hey it’s youth and after all she’s not exposed.  In this day and age celebrities have private home movies for sale and they survive those indiscretions.  The Victoria Secret’s angels walk the fashion runway in lingerie and wings for heavoes sake.  Rock stars dance wearing skimpy getups in their music videos.  Magazines like Maxim and FHM show their fair share of skin.  This is just a girl wearing a revealing bikini.  It’s a swimsuit you might see at the beach any day of summer.  The black strap detail is a bit Gothic and the bikini is skimpier than what the average male or woman likely prefers. But that is her choice to wear it or not to wear it.  Are you ok with this bikini or do you feel that she should have known better?

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