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Facekinis Can't Hide Character in Beguiling Portraits of Chinese Swimmers

The "facekini," a mask worn to protect swimmers from the effects of the sun and jellyfish stings, is particularly popular in Qingdao, China.

. The "facekini," which completely covers the face to protect swimmers from the effects of the sun and jellyfish stings, is particularly popular in the coastal city of Qingdao, China, where Getty photographer Kevin Frayer made these pictures of female bathers (so far, the habit has not caught on with men.) We may not be able to see their faces, but instead of appearing anonymous, the accumulation of telling details allows a distinct character to emerge from each of the portraits. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

. A Chinese woman wears a facekini as she poses in the Yellow Sea on Aug. 21. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

. Chinese women pose in facekinis in the Yellow Sea on Aug. 21. The masks are locally designed. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images