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Kenya Top This?
Jule Campbell
February 08, 1982
A golden sunrise illuminates the eastern shore of Africa, the light glancing off the tidal lagoons, white beaches and towering dunes that line Kenya's 250-mile-long coast. Murmuring casuarina trees bend to the Indian Ocean surf. Though Kenya lies on the equator, soft sea breezes cool the morning air, ruffling the feathers of heron that come to the shore to feed. But wait. What's this zebra doing on Tiwi Beach? Actually, it's a not-very-camouflaged Kim Alexis in wild stripes by Norma Kamali for OMO ($55). On the cover, Carol Alt, in a fiery suit from David Haag ($45), lures fishing dhows to Manda Island at sunset.
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February 08, 1982

Kenya Top This?

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Norma Kamali, who has a knack for creating suits that almost aren't there, triumphs again with a one-piece topless ($35) that lets Kim get down to the bare facts. For the faint of heart, a bra and bikini bottom are optional ($45).

Amid the wind-sculpted hills of coral sand at Lamu, where the dunes attain 90 feet in height, Charissa is definitely not out of her gourd but really out of her maillot with a T back from Cole of California ($32). Behind her a dhow sails serenely by on its way to the Indian Ocean.

Kim, in Monika Tilley's design for Elon ($55), takes a breather after climbing the steep stairs at Indian Ocean Lodge. The steps were no sweat for Kim, an ex-competitive swimmer, who—for those with weak eyes—is still in shape.

The stars, not to mention the starfish, come out at twilight on Tiwi Beach (right), where Kim demonstrates that she's a real supernova in this luminous nylon-and-Lycra suit with appliqu�s strategically placed by Liza Bruce ($78).

It seems there's more than one starfish suit in the sea, and Kathryn has hitched herself into this one from Keiko ($65) that has apparently washed up among the coral formations on Kiwaiyu Island, 20 miles north of Lamu.

Is a laid-back Charissa (left), here toasting in the sun on the coral of Kiwaiyu, playing the old shell game? Of course not. After all, you can't hide much under the three nylon scallop shells so cleverly strung together by Keiko ($80).

Holy cow! Kim's perched on the bow of a dhow (below), in a wow of a bikini that's topped off with a gold fishnet shirt by Gottex ($90). She's waiting for the afternoon tide to float her fishing boat off the beach at Indian Ocean Lodge.

Well, the tide's gone out and left Carol (right) high and dry—well, almost—at Lamu in a Gottex design of Lurex, nylon and Lycra ($58) that's the merest suspicion of a suit. Now to quote the eloquent Porky Pig: "That's all, folks."

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