After Swimming England was forced to apologize and update their website, the organization attracted some unnecessary attention, and an article suggested that women’s swimwear would make them look slimmer.
“We are proud of providing tolerance and respect to everyone. Earlier today, we noticed that none of our old pages were there,” the National Swimming Agency said in a statement.
“This does not reflect our values, we will remove them immediately. Thanks to all who have caught our attention. #Sorry.”
The “Just Swim” website for swimming in England was criticized for an article in 2010 entitled “Selecting Women’s Swimsuits by Body”.
Simone Webb found a questionable suggestion that she said she was innocent when she considered participating in the sport again. What she found was shocking, and Weber shared some disturbing references on social media, sparking strong opposition.
This article includes suggestions such as “Boyish Body – Try a push-up cup and twisted bandeaux to strengthen your cleavage” and “Slack stomach” – Choose a loose tankini instead of a bikini or a single piece. Bikinis completely reveals a shaking belly, And trying to squeeze into a piece will not weaken your stomach, just emphasize it.”
For women with “plus size”, they suggest “wearing a dark swimsuit because these colors will have an overall minimization effect.”
It also describes the “pear shape” as “the plague of women”.
“If your body is very short to your legs, then you will want a swimsuit that gives you a light impression… try pairing with a striking bikini or tankini top with a dark, soft undercoat. This type of swimsuit will draw attention to your more attractive features,” the article said.
The site also suggests, “Adding curves and subtle cleavage to a small bust, looking for a bikini top in front of a triangular cup and tie.”
“It shocked me,” Weber said in an article on Twitter.
“I can say with certainty that this did not make me feel more inclined to start swimming again.”
The British swimming team apologized by issuing a new guide to encourage men and women to enter the pool and used a more appropriate language.
The organization said: “Everyone should be able to feel confident and comfortable when swimming. There are many different swimming suits for ladies options.”