As summer draws to a close for most of us (last-minute flight to Joburg anybody?!) let’s celebrate some of the baddest bikini looks that scream Africa! 


We absolutely love the fierce shapes on this swimwear line: cutouts, plunging necklines and lace-ups are complemented by vibrant patterns. And the designer and founder, Tehilah Abakasanga, is only 20 years old!

✨ the IGHÓ one piece ✨ available this weekend✨ ✨

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Catch it at @ofuure

Red Star Collection

The Red Star IG account is a thing of beauty – so many strong, confident, sexy women – and the cozzies aren’t bad either. Look out for the serious under boob accessorisation.

@Pita.grace @Jayhairbigga loving their #KenteKinis

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Catch it at @redstarcollection


For women with curves, who want to celebrate them! There’s no covering up here. Joyous prints and flattering cuts – and they’re on the look out for models too.

Catch it @nakimuliinc


A directional brand that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The swimwear is stunning, but so are the socks. Socks, sandals and a swimming suit, anyone?

Catch it at @llulo


So much better than all the surf-inspired labels out there, BantuWax is sassy and sporty.

Check out their IG account for that photo of Orlando Bloom naked paddle boarding (still terrifying) with Katy Perry in BantuWax.

#bantubabe @nanaghana on 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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ÒKUN Beachwear

Something for the guys… Their IG photos are for the girls.

Photo: @nadinekoupaei

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Catch it at @okunbeachwear

Andrea Iyamah Swimwear

The best IG account of the lot, Andrea Iyamah Swimwear showcases beautiful prints and  shapes on geometric patterned backgrounds, stunning models and beaches that’ll make you want to book a plane ticket straight away.

Oh, and you might recognise one of the bikinis from Jidenna’s Little Bit More video.

Mid week with a weekend spirit 😝 | #andreaiyamah

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Catch it at @andreaiyamahswimwear

These women – and men – are owning their heritage on the beach and by the pool.