A pool shape that looks like a bikini or an upside down dog has been a staple of the bikini trend for decades.
But a recent spate of bikini shapes has sparked controversy, as many designers and consumers are rejecting the look, according to The Associated Press.
The shape has also become increasingly popular in the US.
In 2016, a woman in Florida tried to get her friends to take her bikini topless, and many other people have tried the bikini look.
“It’s not like you can’t get away with a bikini now, it’s just that they’re a lot less fun,” Sarah Schulman, a New York photographer, told The Associated the AP.
But for some, the bikini shape isn’t just for fashion.
It has become a popular symbol of empowerment for women in the United States, who say they want to show they are confident and empowered in their bodies, according the Associated Press article.
For instance, the trend began in the 1980s when the first American women started wearing skimpy swimsuits and the trend spread around the world.
In 2017, the U,S.
Navy unveiled a bikini design that has been dubbed “the world’s first bikini-shaped ship,” according to the Associated Statesman.
“I think it’s been a beautiful thing for women to get involved with this and have that visibility,” Kristin Cottroli, a senior adviser to the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the AP in an interview.
“For women who feel they’re not being heard or being valued or their voices being heard, the shape of a bikini is a way to feel like you’re on the same page as everyone else,” Cottrolli added.
“And to make sure we’re on that same page, I think it really shows that women can still be empowered and empowered to express themselves in whatever they want,” Cotto said.