Full-face masks, the ultimate sunblock, become fashion accessory

Facekini, as seen in this photograph, are "old woman style" in China. But that hasn't stopped them ending up in New York style mag CR Fashion Book.

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  1. Pussy Riot goes to the beach!

  2. On the other hand, they do have a certain anti-surveillance appeal

  3. Its a lucha libre tie-in opportunity!

  4. Also useful if they need to rob a convenience store on the way to the beach.

  5. Life imitates Neal Stephenson: in his first novel, The Big U (which Neal himself rather unfairly dismissed as "juvenalia" at one point), there's a college fad in which women wear ski masks, at first because they don't want to be seen without their makeup during late-night fire drills, but then because it gives them license to wear outfits that they otherwise wouldn't want to be caught dead in. Other features of the book: campus sewer LARPing, giant rats, a rail gun, oldskool mainframe hacking, and a performance of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor that literally brings the house down.

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