7  Swimwear Lines by Women of Colour

The  team has gathered a list of our favorite swim lines created by women of color.  As Summer reigns on in all its glory and work days become beach days, it is only right that we support women of color even as we lay in the sand.  In this list, you will find many designs that were made with us in mind, from color selections to cut designs.

Diarrablu Swim

Created by Senegalese designer Diarra Bousso, who studied economics and mathematics and went on to work on Wall Street before deciding that she belonged in the design world.  @thediarrablu

BFyne Swimwear

Nigerian-American Designer Buki Ade is driven by the idea to create culturally inclusive designs by pairing traditional patterns and the innovation.  @BFyneSwim

Avid Swim

Avid is a luxury swim line created by designer Gianna Nicole in 2010.  It’s bold colors and prints are captivating and daring.  @AvidSwim

Ashanti Swimwear

Created by Ghanaian designer Yasmeen and her family. Yasmeen’s love for travel and kente cloth was the beginning of her idea to create designer swimwear inspired by the ancient royal kingdom of Ashanti. @ashantiswimwear

Olori Swim

OLORI is based in L.A. and created by lovers and partners Ibrahim Hasan and Dunnie Onasanya- Hasan.  Their designs are influenced by their Nigerian Yoruba origins and American cultures. OLORI translates to “The head of , princess or queen” and the mission is to celebrate blackness in all of its complexity. @oloriswim


This plus-sized bikini line is helping to redefine beauty standards. Women can now stop trying to become “summer ready” and be comfortable in their swimwear at all sizes. Designer and blogger GabiFresh wanted to create a line that catered to sizes 12-24 and has made a conscious decision to ignore fashion rules. @GabiFresh


Andrea Iyamah Swim

Created by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah who uses vibrant cuts and colors inspired by an array of African cultures. Iyamah’s vision started as a blog in Toronto but has now grown into a brand that caters to women with edge and audacity. @andreaiyamahswimwear



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Sheena Steward
21. July 2017 at 17:39

I’m going on vacay in a few weeks. I’ll definitely check out theses companies. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Williams
21. July 2017 at 22:14

Awesome list a and thanks f gor sharing. Loved the swimsuit line.

21. July 2017 at 22:39

So glad to see this list. I’m looking for swimsuits now and I would love to support these designers!

22. July 2017 at 1:51

Yes these are fabulous!! It feels so good to see us creating our own lanes and being so supportive of one another! Thanks for sharing!

ShaBree Henry
22. July 2017 at 2:24

Im loving all of these! There’s so many great options to consider

24. July 2017 at 6:16

Thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for new bathing suits, especially from women of clour!

Nicole Caudle
24. July 2017 at 16:18

I love this! A few of these are absolutely gorgeous!

Oh to Be a Muse
24. July 2017 at 19:32

Yes to these beautiful swimsuits by women of color. And by the way, I love how much your site has changed. It is looking magnificent and really embodies your aesthetic and voice.

Tiffany Haywood
25. July 2017 at 1:17

These are all so very beautiful! I love finding women of color to support and encourage as they pursue their passions.

25. July 2017 at 7:59

I love a few of these swimsuitines and I have always been a fan of Gabi Fresh. Thanks for putting these lines on my radar

Evelyn Reese
25. July 2017 at 23:14

Wow, these swimsuits are so bold and vivid with color. I love bold colors and I will certainly look deeper into these lines for my vacation to St Thomas virgin islands

26. July 2017 at 0:31

These are beautiful choices for swimsuits for summertime. I try to support Black Owned Business when I can thank you for sharing

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