Spring has sprung and we could not be more excited about the warmer temperatures. So much so that we are already envisioning our summer vacation days full of tropical drinks and perfect sunsets. During this time of year, you are sure to receive an influx of invites to pool parties, day parties and any occasion that calls for you sipping on a margarita.
While we are in the gym working hard to get our summer bodies ready, we wanted to provide some serious swimwear inspo. Of course, there's some added joy since all of these swimwear looks were created and owned by people of the melanated persuasion. Check out the brands made for us by us below!
1. RUE 107
This brand is all about women who dare to make a statement. The more amazing feature is the creative spirit behind the brand who happens to be a black girl with all the magic, Mary Jean-Baptiste. The goal is to provide looks that are jubilant and expressive.
2. Andrea Iyamah Swim
Inspired by color and ethnic cultures, each design is crafted in the hopes of telling a story. Andrea Iyamah Swim is not confined within borders as they strive to sell ethnicity with a twist.
3. Avid Swim
You definitely need Avid Swim in your life. Mostly because each piece can be worn separately. Since its inception, Avid Swim has been shown at New York Fashion Week and seen in major publications like Vogue, Allure and Marie Claire.
Designer and owner, Tennille McMillan, grew up as the "unique girl." She transformed her uniqueness into a brand that promotes becoming your own trendsetter.
5. BFyne Swimwear
After searching for a one of a kind swimsuit, Buki Ade wanted to create culturally inclusive clothing for unforgettable vacations.
6. GabiFresh x Swim For All
Swimsuits For All is dedicated to accessibility. Gabi Fresh has been the face of body positivity for years. Her collection is innovative and fearless. What more could you ask for!
7. Mint Swim
We know you have seen Draya Michele's Mint Swim collection all over your Instagram feed. It's time you stop scrolling and start shopping! The entrepreneur's goal was to ensure women feel sexy by accentuating all of her curves.
8. Ashanti Swimwear
This Ghanian family-owned business is everything and we love that they are dedicated to excellence.
9. Diarrablu Swim
Senegalese beauty, Diarra Bousso, left her job on Wall Street as a bond trader to pursue her love for art and design. As a strong activist for the global celebration of African art and craftsmanship, Bousso created Diarrablu Swim. This contemporary womenswear lifestyle label was made for women of color.