Monokini 2.0

- Who says you need two? (2013-2017)

Monokini 2.0 has been a world touring photography exhibition, an artistic catwalk show and a photographic project that has celebrated courage and diversity in beauty. It has taken a stand on western culture’s narrow idea of women’s ideal appearance and has strived to expand what is accepted to be beautiful in the female body and emphasized that beauty lies in ones confidence and communities’ acceptance rather than in “the perfect body”. Our mission has been to empower breast cancer survivors to embrace their bodies, and create social movements that help the social environments to recognize the importance of diversity.

Monokini 2.0 project has been run by artists Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri, but it has been a collaboration of a talented, creative team. 10 top Finnish fashion designers were invited to design bathing suits for the project. Monokini 2.0 is a collection of 10 unique bathing suits, 10 beautiful photographs and 10 empowered women who modeled for the good cause.

Monokini 2.0 has been a work of art - lovingly created and crafted. But instead of being finished and ready to put on the wall’s of museums, Monokini 2.0 has been a living piece of art that has developed and shaped in the hands of it’s creators and supporters. Even though the active project of Monokini 2.0 has come to an end, the message of Monokini 2.0 will continue on it’s pathway of inspiring and connecting breast cancer survivors all around the world.

Monokini 2.0 has been funded by Kone Foundation and Norden

“It had to do with more than what to wear on the beach. It was about a changing culture throughout all society, about freedom and emancipation.”
— Rudi Gernreich, the designer of the original Monokini in 1964