The average age of the first bikini seen on TV is 28, but we’ve already seen bikini tops in ages as young as 14.
That’s not all: The average bikini is now up to 38 inches long, which is nearly twice as long as the previous record.
But the size of a bikini has never been as important as it is now.
“It’s a big, heavy thing and the more you can get away with, the better,” says Kristin Gannon, who is currently starring on the Nickelodeon reality series Teen Mom OG.
“There’s a lot more flexibility and you can go from one piece to a two piece or a three piece.”
Gannon is currently wearing a two-piece bikini.
Here, she explains why.
“You can go to any beach and you don’t have to worry about getting the same thing,” she says.
Gannon says she’s had her first experience with a one-piece, and it was pretty awesome.
“I’m wearing a one piece, I feel like I’m wearing nothing, and that’s all I can say.”
There are a lot of factors that go into whether a woman can wear a one item bikini, says Gannon.
First, there’s the length.
“The more flexible you are, the longer the bikini will be,” she explains.
“For most women, the length is probably between 34 and 36 inches, but if you are a taller woman, the number of inches can go up to 40 inches.”
Secondly, the bikini’s shape.
“If you’re very skinny, you probably don’t want a two layer bikini because that would be like a double-breasted, three-piece,” says Golan.
Thirdly, the size.
“People are always saying, ‘Why do you have to be so small?’ and I say, ‘Because you have a smaller stomach,'” says Gann.
Gann says that size is very important.
“So, if I’m a bigger woman, then I have to make sure that I can go the full length of the bikini because I don’t like having to cover up,” she adds.
“A lot of people who are tall and have a bigger body than me, they will wear a two or three piece because that’s how they fit into the bikini,” she continues.
“And if I go to the beach with my friends and we’re all wearing a three- or four-piece and I think they look ridiculous, then they’re going to say, you know what, I have a really big stomach.”
According to Gannon’s mom, Kristin, her mom has not worn a one size bikini for two years.
“She’s been wearing a little bit of it,” Kristin explains.
According to Kristin’s mom Kristin is not a fan of her mother’s size-28 size.
She says that if her mother was in her age range, she would have been able to wear a more supportive two-layer bikini.
“My mom has never had any problems,” Kristan says.
“When I was little, she didn’t really have a problem with size because I’m the biggest size-22 I’ve ever been.”
“That’s just not what I want,” she admits.
“We’re all pretty tall and I’m not tall, so I’m kind of like, I don-want to be tall and get a bigger bikini.”
Ganna says that her mom would have worn a two to three piece if she could have, but it would have cost more money.
“In reality, I’ve got two jobs and a lot goes into it,” she tells ABC News.
“Plus, we live in an apartment and it’s kind of hard to get a size-18 bikini.”
In the past, some women have found that the size was a deciding factor in whether they could wear a bikini, but with the growth of fashion, some bikini makers have decided to start changing the rules.
“Before, you could only wear one, you couldn’t do anything else,” says Megan Fox, who owns The Summer Bunny and owns a range of lingerie.
“Now, you can do two, three, four, five, six or seven, but there’s no reason to be wearing a size two anymore,” she added.
“What we really want to do is give women the freedom to be able to do whatever they want and just get on with it.”
A two-in-one bikini is more expensive than a two part bikini, so women who are more concerned about the size should not consider a one to three part bikini as their best option.
Fox says she wants to educate women about the benefits of wearing a bikini and why they should care.
“Women don’t really know the benefits and they don’t need to know the reasons,” she told ABC News in a phone interview.
“They want to have fun and look good and they want to feel