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《体育画报》泳装问题:比基尼小偷圣eals Hearts

My girl, Whitney Andresen, head of swimwear line Bikini Thief made this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.Or rather, her hottie teeny bikini designs did.This is no small feat and requires nothing less than magic to accompany its success.

My girl, Whitney Andresen, head of swimwear lineBikini Thiefmade this year'sSports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.Or rather, herhottie teeny bikini designs did.This is no small feat and requires nothing less than magic to accompany its success.

Whitney is my good friend and I always love retelling the story of her amazing upbringing of a boat captain father named Spider who instilled in her a love of the beach, raising his family on Martha's Vineyard and taking them often on travels around the globe.After a few trips surfing sandy beaches, Whitney decided New York City was the perfect place to create and launch her swimwear line.A mix of spiritual surfer girl and rock 'n' roll vixen, it was ultimately in a swimwear boutique with her then-pregnant sister that Whitney decided swimsuits, and a market that called foradorable maternity swimsuitsin particular, were her personal calling.Where Whitney saw a lack of cute mama-to-be suits and pieces that stay put for a roll in the surf, she created comfortable, flattering, stylish suits.And it paid off.

A few months ago, I accompanied Whit to theMiami Swim Show, an annual gathering of swimwear lines to be bought, sold and promoted to buyers, retailers and editors.Whitney was the new kid on the block up against other swimwear giants, but she was noticed, regardless.

The vote was in and visitors to the booth couldn't get enough ofBikini Thief.She stole their hearts with her awesome bikini style.And one of those hearts happened to be of a certainSports Illustratededitor who, almost one year later, congratulated Whitney's efforts with several spots in the illustriousSports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.For Whitney Andresen and her sexy swimwear line, life's a beach.

Photos: Jess Zaino, Steve Penta