ONE “CHEEK” AT A TIME

Raised in Boca Raton, Olivia Duval created her swimsuit line in 2014, Simply Cheeky Bikinis.

For the first two years after Simply Cheeky launched, Duval handpicked every pattern, color and design while handmaking every bikini. The 20-year-old is originally from Connecticut and grew up watching her mother make a living by stitching together her own drapery business.

“My mother is ultimately my best friend; she’s taught me how to market myself while also assisting me in ways that I could improve my company,” Duval said. “Without her background of being able to sew, I probably would not have been able to pursue this.”

Duval was inspired to create her swimsuits true to size after participating on the court for beach volleyball. Duval wants to provide women with affordable, highend swimwear while also feeling confident in their body and selfimage, allowing them to embrace their curves.

“The motto that I have created for my brand is ‘live cheeky,’ because wearing comfortable bathing suits while feeling beautiful is a lifestyle. Be you, don’t let anyone change you nor care about what anyone thinks,” said Duval. “I can keep up with competition because we are fairly priced and a nice product.”

Duval’s website features her bikinis, which are ready for purchase. Also, she conducts pop-up events throughout the east coast of Florida. Duval has worked events for volleyball tournaments ranging from young girls to adult females, emphasizing that her bikinis are made for everyone.

Full coverage bottoms are offered for both her younger and older “less cheeky” customers. Duval constantly offers discounts when she is attends events and on online as well.

“We are not currently in stores, but that is our next step. I want to be able to put my bathing suits in a store without a huge up-charge, but still allow myself and the store to make a profit,” said Duval. “At the end of the day, I plan to conquer the world, one cheek at a time.”

For more information on Duval’s swimsuit line and retail opportunities, students can visit her website at www.simplycheekybikinis.com or follow her Instagram at simplycheekybikinis.

Alli Mancini

Originally from Totowa, N.J., Alli Mancini is a second-year student enrolled in the 3.0 accelerated degree program, majoring in multimedia journalism. Her main focus is in sports journalism and broadcasting, as she always had a passion for sports growing up. Continually, Mancini has looked up to Erin Andrews and hopes to emulate her success.

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