Women’s Volleyball Players To Keep Sporting Bikinis Even Though They Don’t Have To
6:00 pm, July 27th | by Laura Donovan
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this summer’s extreme heat, it’s that less is more when it comes to clothing, especially in humidity. That could be why the U.S. female volleyball players will be sticking to two-piece swimsuits in London this year, even though a new dress code allows them to cover up should they please.
“We’re not uncomfortable in our bikinis,” team member Jen Kessy said of the new rule, which was implemented to let women to cover up for religious purposes or merely to stay warm in chilly weather. “Growing up in southern California, that’s what you wear from when you’re a little kid to now in the summertime…This is the most comfortable thing for us to wear.”
Having grown up on both ends of California, I second her claim. Another player explained it best when she said, “I’m not a sex symbol; I’m an athlete. What you see is what you get—there’s no airbrushing.”
There’s also the problem of sand, Kessy said, as the stuff sneaks into the fabric, “[gets] everywhere,” and causes itching. When in doubt, know it’s all right to dress down.