Why This New Transgender Swimwear Line Is About to Be a Game-Changer
The Austin, Texas-based LGBTQ brand is currently using Kickstarter to raise money to produce what the FLAVNT's founders call the "Bareskin Top," a skin-toned top that allows transmasculine individuals, or those that identify as male, an alternative to traditional swimswear styles. The top acts like a binder that trans males often wear, but because of its sports bra-esque shape and availiability in a range of skin tones, making it a much better option when it comes to a day spent at the beach.
The brand's founders, idential twins named Courtney, who identifies as lesbian, and Chris, who identifies as trans, came up with the idea for the Bareskin Top based off of Chris's personal experience - he was often unhappy with his limited options when it came to swimsuits.
"Lots of transguys or masculine people - tomboys and non-binary people also - aren't comfortable with wearing a bikini top or whatever else," Courtney told Refinery 29. Basically, FLAVNT's creation of the Bareskin Top means that transgender males won't have to cover up with a T-shirt or resort to feeling uncomfortable in a bikini when swimming.
The FLAVNT website's page about the project says that the brand is in the process of searching for manufacturers to produce their top, which is currently only a prototype - and they're hoping for the Bareskin Top to hit their website just in time for spring break 2016.