I am obsessed with Brazilian cut bikini bottoms – OBSESSED! And at the top of my obsession are these black neoprene babies by cult swimwear label N.L.P Women (formerly known as A.T.G Women).
For many people the Brazilian cut is just far too skimpy – for me, it’s just right. While I feel the most comfortable in this cheekier cut, it wasn’t always the case. Three years ago, Aussie swimwear labels weren’t brave enough to sell a Brazilian bottom. I had no idea that it was my bikini bottom of choice until I headed over to Brazil for the first stop on my South American holiday, which coincidently sparked This Island Life into existence. I bought a leopard-print Brazilian bikini in what I thought at the time was super revealing and never looked back. Since then I’ve built up an impressive collection of bikinis, and have come to be a bit of a connoisseur of the Brazilian bottom.
These neoprene ones by N.L.P Women are one of my favourite cuts of all time. As you can probably tell from my tan lines, they are a little skimpier than my others. They reverse out to grey (although the label is printed on the reverse) and work with pretty much every bikini top I own. When I find something I love I buy it in multiple colours – I’ve got these Brazilian bottoms in orange with neon pink on the reverse that I pared with the strapless zip bikini top on tour in the Whitsundays (our bikini shoots have come a long way since the tripod and auto-timer days).
We shot this swimwear underwater at the Emerald Pool in Krabi, Thailand. These natural thermal pools are a must see for anyone visiting the region.
Photography by Jamil Hassan.