Big girl bikini swag! Thanks to Gabi Fresh the thick but fly set will be flossin’ their plus-sized assets at beaches and pools across the globe this summer.
Via MailOnline reports:
Fashion blogger Gabi Gregg’s first plus-size swimwear collaboration with Swimsuits For All, which went on sale May 15, sold out within hours — to the frustration of thousands of eager fans.
Would-be customers waited up to order the swimsuits, which were only available in sizes U.S. 10 to 24, but inventory issues and an unexpected demand, has left hundreds of cancelled orders and a stream of disappointment.
One customer, Bella, vented on Miss Gregg’s Instagram: ‘I ordered mine 9am May 15th after waiting over a month for the release to get a call today that my order was canceled because they ran out.’
It seems that as soon as the eagerly anticipated maillots and bikinis became available, customers’ credit cards were charged, order-confirmation emails from Swimsuits For All were received.
But days later customers were told their orders would not be fulfilled, with several vexing that payments were slow to be refunded.
Miss Gregg, U.S. size 18 blogger of GabiFresh who last year coined the term ‘fatkini’ as a retaliation against society’s obsession with super-slim summer bodies, designed the five-piece capsule collection to convince women to throw away their insecurities – and dare to wear a two-piece.
But excitement quickly gave way to disappointment when orders of the stylish maillot bathing suits, bikinis, and cover-ups in bright prints and loud neon hues went unfulfilled.
The galaxy bikini, modeled by Miss Gregg herself, was the first to sell out.
While Swimsuits For All initially told said that it would not be making any more swimsuits, because it took their supplier three months to make the current stock, it seems that bikinis in U.S. sizes 10 to 16 are now available.
Last year, 25-year-old Miss Gregg gained internet notoriety after she posted a request for women of all shapes and sizes to send in pictures of themselves wearing swimwear.
Thirty-one women emailed Miss Gregg to participate in the online picture gallery, nicknamed Fatkini, which was created after the blogger posted several images of herself wearing a swimsuit on GabiFresh.
In an age where Victoria’s Secret models are viewed as an ideal, Miss Gregg was quickly lauded for her inspiring approach to give real women confidence.
‘I’m super passionate about plus size women wearing great swimsuits unapologetically,’ she wrote on GabiFresh, several weeks before the launch of her collection’s release.’After all of the excitement surrounding last year’s Fatkini, I thought designing a few of my own would be a wonderful way to continue the movement.’
Moshe Laniado, president and CEO of Swimsuits For All, told Refinery 29 earlier this month: ‘Gabi’s story tore down old notions that swimsuits are only for Sports Illustrated models.Gabi’s “fatkini” stories shed light on the misconceptions about women, body image, and swimwear. The idea that all women can look amazing in a great swimsuit is what swimsuitsforall is about.’
Gabi has been posting photos of herself and her followers in her swimwear looks on Instagram.
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