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Facekinis Can’t Hide Character in Beguiling Portraits

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.

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A Chinese woman wears a facekini as she poses in the Yellow Sea on Aug. 21.

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QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A Chinese woman wears a face-kini as she poses on August 21, 2014 in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Kevin Frayer / Getty Images AsiaPac
QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 21: A Chinese girl wears a face-kini as she floats in the water on August 21, 2014 on the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX *** Kevin Frayer / Getty Images AsiaPac

Chinese women pose in facekinis in the Yellow Sea on Aug. 21. The masks are locally designed.

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