This is the literal definition of stumbling upon something. I was searching Getty Images as I do daily, this time for a photo of a jellyfish. Well in searching for the perfect image I somehow ran across some terrifying photos. It was of individuals wearing colorful masks while swimming in the ocean. I did as one does, and clicked on the image to read the caption. Apparently, the masks are called the Facekini and were incredibly popular in China back in 2014.
The caption goes on to detail that they are designed to protect against the sun and jellyfish stings. Hence why they showed up in my search. Still startled and confused by this discovery, I proceeded to text a friend of mine who actually spent some time working in the area around that time. Her response? She had heard of this garment but had never actually seen one. Well, she has now! Listen I’m all about sun protection and don’t spend enough time in the ocean to be overly concerned about jellyfish stings. So I think I will stick with some tinted face sunscreen and a hat. I would be absolutely terrified if I came across someone wearing a Facekini on the beach. Thankfully this trend seems to have skipped over the United States.
The masks look essentially like spandex ski masks with seemingly smaller eye, nose, and mouth openings. They are also bright colors. I think that’s what makes them look so creepy. I understand it’s a different culture and I mean no disrespect in any way. That being said, as someone not immersed in this culture, it comes off as startling. I’m not sure what I would think if I unknowingly saw someone wearing one on a beach. There really is no describing this in a way that you can truly understand. So therefore I present to you images of the Facekini.
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