We Like the Things Gabrielle Union Keeps in Mind When Buying a Bikini

Gabrielle Union-Wade celebrated the end of the holiday season (and the entry into the new year) sitting poolside in a purple drawstring bikini by Andrea Iyamah. The glow of the sunset in the distance might have been one factor that led us to stop in our tracks, but the design detail is also pretty extraordinary. Featuring a striking cut that frames the bust with underwire and also gives way to ruched cap sleeves, the crop top is immaculate, while the bottom is gathered at the center and comes in a flattering high-rise silhouette.

It's no surprise we noticed - Nigerian designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah, who is also famous for her striking resort wear, has been churning out pieces that celebrate her African heritage and her own contemporary take on femininity since 2011. You'd be hard-pressed to find a swim label consistently embracing its cultural roots while also maintaining such incredible attention to quality and the brand's DNA. Each swimsuit on the site tells its own story, so much so that it doubles as a work of art.

Gabrielle included album shots of almost every angle, though you might be surprised and excited to find that the MENASA suit, which retails for $210, also comes with a crisscross back. Available in sizes XS-XXL and both Gab's Lilac shade and Vanilla, the look is sort of like that one poolside set you don't already own that you simply must, based on its backstory alone. "Magic Hour 🪄🦄🧞‍♀️🌈👙by @andreaiyamah #SupportBlackDesigners 🎁🔥," Gabrielle captioned her photos, reminding her fans and followers that it's also crucial to do research on the labels you're investing in, no matter what. Scroll to shop her Andrea Iyamah co-ords, then check out even more products at andreaiyamah.com.

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