Maybe it reflects a collective frosty cry from the bowels of the zeitgeist for winter to be on its way sooner rather than later, or something as prosaic as the marketing cycle, but whatever the impetus, the bikini gods are stirring here in mid-January.
Bestswimwear.com has named Beach Bunny Swimwear founder, Angela Chittenden, the “Hottest New Swimwear Designer” for 2006.
“Since opening our business in 1996, we have reviewed offerings from hundreds of new swimwear designers” — someone has to do it — “and few meet our stringent requirements,” states Bestswimwear.com pres Claude Dauman. “Beach Bunny Swimwear captivates your attention. Angela’s suits are very original, crafted of the finest materials and many are embellished with details such as delicate Italian lace and genuine Swarovski crystals.”
As even the eye untrained by arduous years of reviewing swimwear designs, can see.
Originally from Iowa, Angela Chittenden founded Beach Bunny Swimwear in the summer of 2004. After years (it seemed like decades) of modeling swimsuits for Hawaiian Tropic and Bikini.com and appearing in publications such as Maxim and Muscle and Fitness, Angela opened a successful clothing boutique in Newport Beach, Ca. Catering to sophisticated clients looking for the sexy and unique, she discovered that when it came to swimsuits, the options were limited. Borrowing concepts from the finest lingerie, Angela penned “fun-flirty designs fitting for an ultra-feminine swimwear collection.”
From her experience as a swimsuit model, Angela says she “understands the difficulty in finding that perfect-fit suit” — she virtually oozes empathy — so all of her swimsuits are “designed to flatter,” and “tops and bottoms are sized separately,” she adds perkily. Beach Bunny suits, with names like Lady Lace, Sweetheart, Bedroom Eyes, Temptation, and Pink Lemonade, are priced from $179 to $229.
Bikini Jam and Image Awards
Hot on the heels of Chittendon’s swimwear designer award, comes news of this year’s 21st Annual International Bikini Jam, August 29 – September 4, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a notable part of which will be the 1st Annual International Bikini Model Image Awards.
I must admit to have been nonplussed at first: don’t all succesful bikini models have awarding images? But then I realized my folly as Ujena Swimwear owner and Jam/Image director Bob Anderson spoke. “The Bikini Model Image Awards will be a very unique event,” he said. “It is an event honoring bikini models and showcasing how the bikini, a simple fashion garment has grown into one of the most powerful marketing tools in the world. Well-known figures will be receiving awards,” he assured us.
“We will be presenting six women,” Anderson continued, “the Bikini Model Image Award for outstanding achievement in modeling, entertainment, business, or athletics. Each has modeled the bikini and feels this experience has helped advance their career.”
As well it should have!
The well-known bikini-stuffers nominated are: Elizabeth Hurley, Salma Hayek, Cindy Margolis, Anita Hart (stuntperson in over 100 films), Karen Wolverton-Delaney (partner LUSH Cosmetics North America), Pamela Anderson, Christine Brinkley, and Anna Kournikova. Additional nominations will be announced by Feb 1st.
“Bikini modeling helped me get into what I love to do,” stated Anita Hart. “I worked with Pamela Anderson on a swimwear video in Bora Bora … I did a high dive out of a helicopter into the ocean … I would be most excited to return to Puerto Vallarta in September to receive the Bikini Model Image Award.”
Anderson will announce the six winners February 25. Just to make sure you comprehend its import, event PR director Catherine Cross said, “The Bikini Model Image Awards is much more than just an awards show. It’s part of the Puerto Vallarta International Bikini Jam Week 2006 and the 21st Annual Ujena Bikini Jam featuring location photo shoots, the Puerto Vallarta International Ujena 5k Run/Walk, nightly parties and fashion shows.”
So there you have it.
Immigration attorney Michael Feldenkrais, a partner with the Miami law firm of Adorno & Yoss, is filing for a waiver to request the United States Government to pardon and return the young woman to the United States.
“Dorismar is safely in Buenos Aires anxiously awaiting her return to Miami,” said Mr. Feldenkrais. “She deeply misses Miami, her friends and colleagues, and is saddened by the events of the last few days. She is, however, optimistic that the situation will be resolved in a timely manner and appreciates all of the support she has received so far from her beloved fans.”
Born Dora Noemi Kerchen, Dorismar, 26, has been living in the U.S. since December 31, 2000. According to Feldenkrais, Dorismar entered the U.S. as part of a Visa Waiver Pilot Program from Argentina which allows for a three month maximum length of stay. Due to Dorismar’s “high standing in the community,” Feldenkrais is petitioning for an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” waiver, which would allow Dorismar to seek permanent residence status.
And what has she done with that extraordinary ability? Here’s the blurb from her latest DVD, Dorismar’s Private Party: “Ever wonder what girls do when they think no one is watching? Here is your chance to find out. Latinas Gone Crazy presents Dorismar’s Private Party. Experience Latin TV’s most seductive supermodel, Dorismar, as she plays with her girlfriends at her private party which many have talked about but few have seen.”
You an pick up her ’06 calendar at the same time: “See the beautiful Dorismar on the beach and underwater. You have never seen her this wet before.”
And yet there is another side to Dorismar. Last year she teamed with conservationists for an ad campaign aimed at stopping a Mexican tradition: swallowing raw sea turtle eggs as a sexual aid. “My man doesn’t need to eat turtle eggs,” says one magazine ad, as Dorismar unbuttons her shirt. Behind her, two baby sea turtles scoot along a beach. Okay, it’s the same side, but that side is being put to a very good cause.
Feldenkrais hopes, “because Dorismar is such a public figure,” that the waiver will be granted. The Univision website is up in arms over her deportation, and an email and letter writing campaign of support is well underway. She is also supported by a coalition of South Florida trucking companies.
Dorismar’s empty bikini sits in Miami awaiting her return.