Beauties in bikinis and studly beach bums - Rio de Janeiros's beaches are a haven for Brazil's body conscious. Indeed, the bikini has emerged as both the country's most indispensible piece of apparel and a uniform capable of making all social boundaries disappear.
Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, Brazil, Beach, Ipanema, Copacabana, Bikini, Sport, Body conscious, Beauty
Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's second largest city, eclipsed only by São Paulo. Rio's most famous landmark is the nearly 40 metre high Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado.The city is also known for its picturesque beaches like the world famous Ipanema and Copacabana. As you might expect, bikini manufacturer Lenny Niemeyer lives within walking distance of the beach in Ipanema. And today, she has the home advantage.Lenny Niemeyer, bikini manufacturer:
Englischer O-Ton im Beitrag bereits vorhanden.People say that Brazilians, especially those who live in Rio, obsess about their bodies. It's home to the skimpiest bikinis and the fittest figures on earth. People here show a lot of skin, but they don't show it all - as any of Rio's bathing beauties will tell you.
Ivo Pitanguy, plastic surgeon:
Englischer O-Ton im Beitrag bereits vorhanden.With an average year-round temperature of over 20 degrees centigrade, it's only natural that the beach is the main site of social life. Indeed, the bikini has emerged as the country's most indispensible piece of apparel and a uniform capable of making all social boundaries disappear.Lenny Niemeyer, bikini manufacturer:
Englischer O-Ton im Beitrag bereits vorhanden.In Rio, beaches are a catwalk and sport pitch rolled into one. And anyone is welcome to play. It's the ideal place for Brazil's bathing beauties and studly surfers to strut their stuff. To everyone else, Rio is simply a larger-than-life amusement park and open-air cinema.