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February 05, 1979
Well, not really. But if she were selling, she'd be doing a land-office business. The Seychelles islands, aptly called the Pearls of the Indian Ocean, offer a lot more than cowries and conchs. For this week only, they are decorated with young ladies wearing this year's sculptured, pared-away swimsuits—the most glamorous fashions to hit the water since a sequined Esther Williams plunged into all those Hollywood pools back in the '40s. Many of these suits can go swimming by day and—add skirt or pants—disco dancing by night. On the cover, Christie Brinkley shimmers in a stretch-lace suit by Giorgio Sant' Angelo that goes for $300. Don't despair. A moderately priced version is now on the way.
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February 05, 1979

She Sells Sea Shells By The Seychelles

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Racing along the coral beach of Bird Island, Christie is accompanied by her feathered friends, the sooty terns. The rare fairy tern, another denizen of the Seychelles, decorates her swimsuit, part of a collection of hand-painted designs by Elon ($41).

At Anse � la Mouche on Mah�, Barbara goes out in the midday sun on a whale-shaped sandspit uncovered by the ebbing tide. Her glamorous, satin-like suit, fittingly titled the Rita Hayworth, is designed by Leah Gottlieb for Gottex of Israel ($48).

Barbara, obviously the catch of the day, takes her ease on a fishing boat in a sand and seashell bikini by Gottex of Israel ($38). A beached Barbara, wearing a halter-neck maillot from Elon ($35), is enmeshed in her thoughts at Beau Vallon Bay on Mah�.

Sashaying on Praslin's C�te d'Or, Apples reveals another side of her fishnet suit.

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