Bikini cut-off: Women should stop wearing two pieces at 39
WOMEN should stop wearing bikinis around the pool at the age of 39, a poll suggests.
People say life begins at 40, but seven out of ten think women should stop parading round the pool in a bikini when they hit just 39.
But these stunning shots show ex supermodel Marie Helvin has rubbished these claims by still looking fantastic in a two piece at 59 - despite not being brave enough to wear one for ten years.
And the polka dot bikini wearing model has slammed critics who do not agree a mature lady should wear one, as not all of them are tiny string ones anymore.
Perhaps inspired by Helen Mirren in that red bikini, it seems over 50s agree - 60pc of maturer ladies believe women should carry on showing off their assets in a bikini on their hols.
Although 16.8pc have not been put off buying a bikini, 13.2pc hate the idea of trying one on in a shop changing room.
A further 9.8pc feel self-conscious talking to a young shop assistant about buying a bikini, while 42.7pc claim most designs are too skimpy and do not offer the right support or cut.
isme.com, who surveyed 2,000 people in Britain, have released a new range of Shapewear bikinis to fit and flatter a more mature lady - with features such as bum lift technology, tummy support and underwiring in the cups.
Marie, who once modelled nude for ex husband David Bailey, said: "Who says women should be denied the right to wear a bikini just because of their age?
"It's not as though the only options out there are tiny string bikinis - there is so much choice now for women thanks to sites like isme.com, and the technology they put into today's designs.
"Like every woman I've gone through the experience of my body changing with time. As the years go by you get to know yourself better, and learn what works for you.
"It becomes even more important to find clothes that fit, flatter and help overcome the confidence issues that all women share."