Facekini Designed by Chinese Dama Goes Viral in the West

August 14, 2014
Editor: Arnold Hou
A series of facekini-themed photos appeared in the latest issue of CRFashion Book recently. [CR Fashion Book]

A series of facekini-themed photos appeared in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book recently, making the strange new head garment designed by Chinese Dama, or middle-aged women, become popular in Western countries.

A facekini is a ski mask designed for swimmers and beachgoers which covers the head and reveals only the eyes, nose and mouth. It became a new craze sweeping China in the summer of 2012, when retired middle-aged women in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, started wearing them to protect their skin from the sun's rays, as they swim regularly in the ocean.

The photos of Qingdao women wearing facekini were selected as the most astonishing ones of the year 2012 by Time magazine, where this unique item of clothing got its English name.

As the facekini-themed photos appeared in the foreign media, a woman wearing a facekini was also seen at the themed activity launch ceremony of the "National Fitness Day" in Qingdao's first bathing beach on August 8. However, it is said that her odd appearance made a child cry from fear.

The facekini-themed photos have aroused a lot of attention from netizens. Some said that they can wear the garment justifiably now. Netizens have said that following the gold purchase rush, which affected global gold prices, and square dancing, facekini is the third biggest contribution that Chinese Dama have made to the world.

A series of facekini-themed photos appeared in the latest issue of CRFashion Book recently. [CR Fashion Book]

A series of facekini-themed photos appeared in the latest issue of CRFashion Book recently. [CR Fashion Book]

(Source: Xinhua/Translated by Women of China)

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