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There are more important things to worry about than a concave tummy. Bare all with modern swimwear in clean, graphic shapes - and always black or white. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Paulo Sutch

Elephants grew swimming trunks

SCIENTISTS HAVE worked out how the elephant really got its trunk, almost a century after Rudyard Kipling suggested the prehensile snout was the result of a tug-of-war with a crocodile.

Before the week is out...: Wear this

BRIGITTE BARDOT made the original bikini famous and now the French have done it again with the Azimut - a teeny-weeny psychedelic spiral bikini. The bottoms are a fairly standard G-string adorned with pretty butterflies but the top half leaves less to the imagination. It's basically a spiral with a larger sphere in the middle to preserve a modicum of modesty. The whole thing glows in the dark, making it an ideal choice of clubwear for the summer. A definite crowd-pleaser, if you dare to bare and have the cash to splash. IK

Letter: Troops must go in

Sir: The Independent was sinking to gutter press standards when it printed "War in Europe ... smart travellers know that global events can result in holiday bargains" (Your Money, 1 May). Next to a picture of a riotously happy woman in a bikini, the article raved that "because of the Kosovo troubles, bookings in Greece have slumped ... Your pound will go a long way".

'There was this boss, right...'

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Angling: Fishing Lines: The day the bass went to grass

WHAT A sad old man I have become. This sorry fact was brought home to me as I knelt in the heart-shaped jacuzzi at Best Western's hotel in Cypress Gardens, Florida, trailing a piece of line through the bubbles. Any normal red- blooded male, blessed by happy circumstance with the honeymoon suite (four-poster bed and all) would have filled the vast tub with champagne and voluptuous babes. Me? I'm using it to test spinners.

Off the peg Cast off that overcoat, it's time to buy a swimsuit, says Melanie Rickey

here is nothing in life quite as decadent as a winter holiday in the sun. Imagine, departing from Heathrow swathed in layers of woolly things - polo-neck, socks, cashmere scarf, leather gloves, felted coat, and Shop's new sexy thermal underwear, `Shopgirl' - and then nine hours later emerging from the aeroplane into 90C heat.

Tanning lines

Since the Sixties, the evolution of the bikini, the ultimate holiday accessory, has been captured in the Pirelli calendar's sexy photographs

More wardrobe than Ikea

Since 1972, the Alternative Miss World has mocked the original pageant, while celebrating the brave, the bizarre and the beautiful. It's an extravaganza of style, sex and cheap sensation. And Judith Palmer took part

Miss World: swimsuits but no sexism

THEY SAID there would be no swimsuits. This was going to be the new, cool, post-modern Miss World. No swimsuits and stilettos! They were so yesteryear, so old beauty pageant, so sexist. And Miss World was anything but sexist. Obviously. Just listen to the show's producer: "Swimsuits on stage, now that was always really offensive. That smacked of cattle market - or even worse, some awful 1950s seaside beauty contest."

Science: The Truth About... Beauty

BEAUTY IS truth and truth beauty, to quote John Keats. But what is the truth about beauty? A scientific investigation of what men find beautiful in a woman's shape suggests that concepts of beauty are more to do with Western influences than what comes as an inbuilt, or innate desire.

Volleyball: Women furious at `bare flesh' rule

L!VE TV would love it. The notorious purveyors of Topless Darts, Painted Ladies and Big City Tips should be in Japan this week, where women's teams competing in the World Championships in Tokuyama have been told that in the interests of the sport they must flash more flesh.

Let's hear it for the real women

London Fashion Week wasn't just about Alexander McQueen's catwalk antics. Offstage, many people were getting down to the business of selling wearable clothes. By Melanie Rickey

Debut pair make impact

TWO NEWCOMERS attracted the cream of the world's fashion press at London Fashion Week yesterday and Sean McGowan, 27, was surely the hottest ticket.

Motoring: The fastest man in swimming trunks

50 years ago Roland Free stripped off to take a motorbike to new heights.
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