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A woman wearing a facekini

The facekini (Chinese: 脸基尼; pinyin: liǎnjīní) is a mask designed for swimmers and beachgoers which covers the head and reveals only the eyes, nose, and mouth.[1][2][3] It was invented by Zhang Shifan, a former accountant from the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao.[4]

The mask is popular in Qingdao, where it is used by people for protecting themselves from tan-inducing ultraviolet rays while in direct sunlight and from jellyfish, insects and other irritants while at the beach.[1][5][6] The mask is made of a stretchy fabric that is commonly used in bathing suits,[7] and comes in different colors and patterns.[8] They are often worn in combination with various sun protecting clothing such as body suits with long sleeves, sunglasses, visors, or umbrellas.[9][10] Facekinis are available in local swim stores near beaches and online.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Ye, Tianzhou (21 August 2012). "Facekini craze hits China beach". NBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ Farrier, John (22 August 2012). "Fashion trend: The face-kini". Neatorama. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. ^ "The facekini: China's new beach trend". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 24 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "China's famous 'face-kini' gets Peking Opera-inspired facelift". Reuters. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ Festa, Jessica (24 August 2012). "China's popular beach trend : The Facekini". Gadling. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ Levin, Dan (3 August 2012). "Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. ^ Chittley, Jordan (21 August 2012). "Facekini: The newest beachgoing craze at Chinese beach". Yahoo news, Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Isabel (21 August 2012). "Here's the face-kini, summer's new trend". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  9. ^ Newcomb, Tim (21 August 2012). "The Face-Kini: The Bizarre Art of Covering Up". Time Newsfeed. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Face-kini, Face Mask Bathing Suit, Is Popular On Chinese Beach". Huffington Post US. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  11. ^ Watson, Leon (7 July 2012). "No, we're not going to rob a bank... we're just off to the beach! Chinese women wear nylon face masks to keep off blazing sun". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 August 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Facekinis at Wikimedia Commons