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Meet the Designer: ViX's Paula Hermanny

08/15/2006 at 07:20 PM ET

Imagine looking around the beach and thinking everyone’s bikinis were covering way too much skin! That’s what happened to Paula Hermanny, who left her native Brazil to attend college in San Diego. Horrified by the unstylish and “not fun” bikinis she found in the U.S., she started bringing back suits with her from Brazil for her and her friends, which quickly turned into a full-time business. In her first year selling her ViX bikinis, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit featured 4 of her tiny two-pieces and the accolades haven’t stopped rolling in. Fans of ViX (named after her hometown in Brazil) include Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, and Denise Richards. Even if you don’t have their flat abs, Hermanny promises that less is more. “If you wear a smaller bikini, you’ll look smaller! When you put on a suit that that’s too big, your butt looks bigger!” We’ll have to take her word on that. To see some of Paula’s design’s, click here.

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Photo: Ray Kachatorian

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Dawn on

Who cares about the bikini? Where can I get that coverup? It is fantastic!

Dawn on

Love the suits, and especially love the cover up!!
Another Dawn

ally on

you can get the coverup in bloomingdales and saks in november!

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