Bantu Bikini-Wearing Model Caroline Trentini Supports African Beach Culture


I loved this shiny-happy shot of Caroline Trentini in Vogue wearing a Bantu bikini. Bantu’s founder, Yodit Eklund, grew up in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya as the daughter of an American refugee coordinator, and told Vogue, “I was tired of seeing t-shirts that benefitted Africa but were manufactured in China.”

After finishing her degree in environmental economics at UC Berkeley, Eklund created her swimwear company, which features traditional wax-cloth prints that are designed, cut and sewn in Africa, providing a fair wage to the people who make them.

Mission: To introduce the world to African beach culture
by creating a hot line of beach and resort wear, accessories, and skincare products using indigenous prints, labor, and materials. All 100% made in Africa.

Check out the whole collection of fun, colorfully printed bikinis and maillots here, and the informative Bantu blog here.