Swim England criticised for telling women how to disguise their 'flabby stomachs'

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
The article advises women on how to flatter their bodies in a swimsuit. [Photo: Getty]

Swim England is under fire from Twitter users thanks to an article on its website offering advice on how to pick a swimsuit for your body shape.

The website for the national governing body for swimming in the UK featured a page offering advice on how to pick your swimwear.

While you might expect advice from a national sports site to be about the functionality or comfort of the garments, instead it had subheadings on how to disguise a ‘flabby stomach’, how to ‘add curves’ to boyish hips and what colours best flatter a ‘pear shape’.

The webpage has since been taken down, after being called out by Simone Webb, a PhD student in gender studies.

The organisation has since been accused of body-shaming and slammed on Twitter for its tone-deaf feature.

Swim England have since apologised for the webpage, claiming it was ‘old’ and does not reflect their current values.


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