A unitard is a skin-tight one-piece garment with long legs and sometimes long sleeves, usually stopping at the wrists and ankles. It differs from a leotard in that a leotard does not have long legs. The garment can be considered to be a combination of a leotard and tights. The unitard is basically the wrestling singlet minus the tights, although some wrestlers do prefer to wear the tights in order to further accentuate their uniform and codpiece.
Unitards are worn by acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, equestrian vaulters, athletes, circus performers, amateur wrestlers and superheroes, as well as others who require overall body coverage without impeding flexibility. They come in a variety of different colors. Superheroes in comics and films are frequently depicted wearing unitards. When making sophisticated animated films, such as Avatar, zentai unitards are worn by actors to detect their movements.
Freddie Mercury, former high school wrestler and the lead singer of the rock band Queen, was known for wearing checkered unitards/singlets and spandex during their concerts in the late 1970s. In 1985, Anne White's decision to wear a white unitard for the first two sets of a match in the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon was widely reported.
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