Make Waves in this Season's Fiercest Swimwear

Swimsuit Fashion by Alexandra Phanor-Faury It's time to scout out the perfect swimsuits and coverups for those summer days spent chillin' by the pool or swimming in the ocean. Before you head out to the shopping mall, take a look at the stylish bikinis, one-piece suits and daring monokinis celebrities are turning heads in.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 09, 2010

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Halle Berry films a scene for ‘Dark Tide’ at Seal Island, in South Africa.

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Queen Latifah relaxes and jokes around on a boat on August 5.


LaLa Vazquez has fun in the sun and shows off her bikini body at the Garnier beach house in Malibu.

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Alicia Keys enjoys her honeymoon vacation on August 5.

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Prints are making a huge impact in swimwear this summer. Rihanna turns up the heat in a striking colorful one-piece that lends a trendy feel to the timeless shape.

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A single-strapped one piece suit with cut-away is ideal for a gal with a enviable buff bod like Serena Williams.

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Kelly Rowland protects herself from the sun by pairing a stylish straw topper with her turquoise bikini.

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Scoop up a black and white stripped one-piece for a sleek and graphic look.

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Mel B. hits the pool in a simple and sexy baby blue string bikini and wooden heels.

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Naomi is all smiles in a striped purple and white bikini.

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Coverups come in a myriad of styles. Gabrielle Union’s terry cloth version is easy to wear and versatile.

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Amber Rose lounges by the pool in one of this season’s strongest bright hues for bikinis: orange.

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A sexy beach cover up is ideal for those of us who are a little shy about sporting a bikini.

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Kelly Rowland hits another homerun with her cool swimwear ensemble. She shows us how accessories can add lots of oomph to your beach attire. Kelly Rowland’s sexy cut-out back swimsuit gets a new lease on life with a colorful head scarf, fedora and wrap.

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Of course, not all swimwear fashions are made to get wet. Alicia Keys strikes a pose by the surf in a halter bikini top and global print coverup.

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Zoe Saldana stays so cool in a light tunic with drawstring at the waist.

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Rihanna loves her one-piece suits and we love this red number, with sexy plunging neckline, against her blue jean short shorts.

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Alexandra Burke looks great in a cut-away brown bikini embellished with gold clasp details at the hip.

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A white tank and denim shorts are perfect alternatives to the usual tunic coverup variety. Although, we do suggest you peel them off before jumping in the water.


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