Unique swimsuits were created for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant and for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Swimwear made of food offers unique and tasty varieties for less money. Fashion designers create some swimsuits to make a statement, to prepare for widely covered media events or because someone desires a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing.
Hong Kong swimsuit brand Hosa unveiled a $117,647 swimsuit for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The piece features Swarovski crystals glued to fabric in cubical patterns. The crystal-laden swimsuit is on display at the Olympic Museum in Switzerland.
Italian lingerie design house Yamamay debuted a $1 million swimsuit at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant when the previous winner, Olivia Culpo, wore a gem-studded piece for the audience. Nearly 200 carats of emeralds, rubies and diamonds adorned a white, cutaway swimsuit. The swimwear had 900 precious stones on the fabric.
The 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition featured a $30 million bikini worn by Molly Sims in the magazine's centerfold. The two-piece has no fabric and contains more than 150 carats of flawless diamonds, including a 51-carat pear-shaped stone, 30-carat emerald-cut diamond and two 15-carat, flawless, round diamonds.
PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" swimsuit campaign encouraged women to make bikinis out of Romaine lettuce. The leaves are held together with ribbons and are adorned with rhinestones for a glitzy look.