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Swimsuit Auntie: Fat Chinese Woman’s Anti-Tanning Swimwear

Swimsuit Auntie, a fat Chinese woman in Qingdao wearing a full-body swimsuit to avoid tanning.

Swimsuit Auntie, a fat Chinese woman in Qingdao wearing a full-body swimsuit to avoid tanning.

From Baidu Baike:

Swimsuit Auntie

Swimsuit Auntie, an swimming auntie wearing a full-body swimsuit with a head covering and swimming cap exposing only her two eyes and mouth like a “robber’s mask”, her body therefore completely jet-black as if it were “covered with oil”, became famous on the internet, boosted by netizens who called her “Swimsuit Frogman”.

Netizens dub a fat Chinese woman wearing a full-body swimsuit in Qingdao "Swimsuit Auntie".

Swimsuit Auntie, a fat Chinese woman in Qingdao wearing a full-body swimsuit to avoid tanning.

Swimsuit Auntie, a fat Chinese woman in Qingdao wearing a full-body swimsuit to avoid tanning.

A Chinese woman in Qingdao wearing a full-body swimsuit at a beach to avoid tanning from the sun.

Swimsuit Auntie is from Qingdao, China, and became famous on the Chinese internet after these photos began spreading on Chinese microblogs last month around July 20th, a few days before everyone’s attention was captured by the 7.23 Wenzhou Train Crash. The purpose of the this custom-made swimsuit is to prevent skin exposure to the sun (prevent tanning), and perhaps protection against jellyfish.

Comments from Mop:

围观也是一种乐趣:

Sweat. Not your ordinary gei li.

540433697:

Spiderman’s mom. OK.

非常超级小猫:

All stupid cunts, wearing dark colored clothes absorbs ultraviolet rays the most.

巡捕房里的巡捕:

I thought there must’ve been an oil spill somewhere again.

leemony:

[She] can directly go rob a bank.

婧儿爱你V森:

Almost scared me to death, I thought she was a terrorist…

Comments from ifeng:

湖北省武汉市网友:

Dressing like this is like wearing a condom, can you still feel anything?

陕西省咸阳市网友:

A lot of women in Qingdao wear these, though they’re all older swimming enthusiasts, because they’re afraid of getting tanned.

广东省网友:

The old uncle next to her is totally stupefied.

北京市网友:

Tan for a day at a Qingdao beach and when night comes, you’ll become a black person.

广东省东莞市网友:

The old man in the background is the highlight, his entire body red, like Hellboy.

What do you think of Chinese women’s preference to avoid becoming tanned? Do you prefer tanned skin or fair skin?

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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