Monokini 2.0, 2013

Monokini 2.0 is an art project that re-examines popular culture’s narrow view of a woman’s ideal appearance, led by artists Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri. The project strives to expand what is accepted and considered beautiful by designing a swimwear collection for women who have had breast cancer. Swimwear is conventionally designed for women who haven’t had a mastectomy. The fact is that many women who have had one or both breasts removed due to the breast cancer don’t wish to have breast reconstruction operation; instead, they wish to continue their lives with one or no breasts at all. In 2013 Haikala and Metteri asked a group of Finnish fashion designers to design a swimwear collection for Monokini 2.0. The swimwear collection is modeled by women who have gone through breast cancer. As a result Monokini 2.0 project has 10 beautiful photographs, 10 haute couture bathing suits, 10 empowered women and a world-touring photography exhibition.

Monokini 2.0 concept by artist Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri (Tärähtäneet ämmät / Nutty Tarts)
Producers Anna Miettinen and Anna Kokki
Music by Astrid Swan “Four months to kill”
Editing Tommi Rosnell