Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
In case you missed it, a relatively benign American Apparel bikini almost got local swimmer Lisa Conn booted from not one, but two, Philly public pools last week. Why? Because according to pool staff, the 30-year-old's two-piece—a printed bandeau and tan-colored bottoms— too closely resembled a "bra and panties." In the first instance of the fiasco, which occurred at North Philly's Hunting Park pool, a male staff member went so far as to heckle Conn as she proceeded with her swim, even after Conn showed staff that "AMERICAN APPAREL SWIM" was printed on her suit's tags.
But the scales of justice are weighing in Conn's favor. Per American Apparel on Twitter, a massive pile of bikinis (pictured, above right) is on its way to Conn. Better yet, Conn tells us that AA is flying her out to tour its Los Angeles headquarters at the end of July, and the company is even putting her up in a hotel. " I feel super honored," Conn tells us. She's yet to receive an apology from Philly's Parks and Recreation department, however.
"I would just like them to know that it is beautiful of them to provide pools that improve community morale (very necessary in any city, but especially Philadelphia), and I wish that they would staff their pools with equal care so that everyone feels welcome. We all need a break from the heat and work hard, and 'going for a swim' should be as simple and inviting as it sounds."
· Woman Kicked Out of Philly Pool for Wearing American Apparel Bikini [Jezebel]
· American Apparel Bikini Gets Barista Bounced From Philly Pool [Jezebel]
· 8 of Philly's Best Shopping Spots for Swimwear [Racked Philly]