As summers set in China, popular beaches in Qingdao are lined up with women sporting 'facekinis', a unique swimwear to protect face from the harsh sun.
A report by shanghai.ist suggests that women have been warming up to this fashion trend and feel that 'facekini' - a stretchy mask with holes pierced in the area of the eyes, mouth and nostril - helps in protecting their fair skin from sun and other irritants on the water's surface.
Over the years, the peculiar beachwear has undergone a number of stylish new versions by Chinese designer Zhang Shifan, who first made worldwide headlines for creating a 'facekini', a design inspired by endangered animals and Peking opera.
'Facekinis' have garnered mixed reactions of social media sites:
En 2004 se le ocurrio la idea a Zhang Shifan, dueno de una tienda de ropa de bano en Qingdao. Y se hizo de oro. pic.twitter.com/a46y071Bfk- Julen Asua (@julenasua) July 26, 2016
One way to avoid sunblock: The facekini. Can't decide if these are chic or creepy. I kind of like them, though. pic.twitter.com/kBZLBsj1IF- cyborgunplugged (@cyborgunplugged) June 16, 2018
Last year, Mr Zhang introduced a seventh-generation 'facekini', which was inspired by a design of traditional blue-and-white porcelain and embroidery.
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