Amplifying Our Voices

Black Designers Slayed The Runway At Paraiso Miami Beach Swim Week

The models didn’t come to play either.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Cupshe

Paraiso Miami Beach Swim Week gave everything from extreme cutouts to modest coverage — oh, and lots of thong bikinis. But the real standouts? The innovative looks from Black designers. Ahead, check out Cupshe x Tabria Majors, Riot Swim, and Bfyne — and their hot as hell models.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Cupshe

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Cupshe
Model Tabria Majors collaborated with Cupshe for their first plus-size collection, which debuted at Miami Swim Week. They tapped some dope influencers too, including Phaith Montoya.
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Model and actor Hayley Hasselhoff was absolutely serving on the Cupshe runway. *Practices pose in mirror.*
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Singer and model Marsha Elle brought this look to life, giving Marilyn Monroe steps off the subway grate and onto the beach.
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With an updated take on leopard print and a one-shoulder detail, this one piece is an elevated classic.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Riot Swim
Riot Swim brought the structural details and understated simplicity with less is more. Their monochromatic suits in neutral shades are giving luxury vacation vibes.
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The fit of this suit is incredible. And the soft lilac shade is softly whispering “you deserve a vacation” in my ear.
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Founder Monti Landers created Riot Swim in 2016 in California, though clearly the success is bi-coastal.
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This soft creamy sand color is gives understated vibes with just the right amount of sultriness sprinkled in, thanks to the super high cut thigh, belted waist, and one shoulder.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne
Bfyne showed out with their models styled to the nines. Founded by Nigerian designer Buki Ade, the brand was the first to have an all-Black model runway at Miami Swim week in 2021.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne
Bfyne presented their show in collaboration with Models of Color Matter, an organization that fights for visibility and representation for models of color in fashion and beauty.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne
Neon, cutouts, underwire, high-cut, and strappy details? It’s like all of this season’s favorite things in one glorious suit.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne
Bfyne serving looks with cover-ups too?! The assignment clearly was “take it to the runway, then to the beach.”
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Bfyne
Picture me, walking down the beach with this gorgeous cover-up billowing behind me. Vacay goals.