Saturday, September 5, 2009


Yep, that's right, it's time for THE GRAND FINAL of THE WORLD'S PRETTIEST LEOTARD CONTEST!! You've narrowed down your choice to four and it's time for the play-offs. LET'S GO!!

First we have,

Russian Swirls

Where would a World's Prettiest Leotard contest be without Anna Pavlova? One of the sports prettiest gymnasts, both gymnastically and physically, she is nearly always dressed well too (aside from some questionable sleeveless numbers). 
This was the number you guys picked from a range of Anna choices after I realised that nearly one in three of every leotard pictures you guys were sending to me featured Anna and had a whole heat devoted to her. And surprise, surprise, here she is in the finals.

College Sparkles

This was the winner of the College Heat. Though i was saddened by the fact UCLA didn't win, having always adored most of their leos, this was a nice, elegant choice. I love a black leo. And I don't even mind me some sparkles as long as they haven't been thrown indiscriminately at the garment in great bucketfuls. And it makes good use of stocking, a fabric that has been wildly and terrifyingy misused in gymnastics leotard designs of late. This leo is pretty, and it doesn't hurt that a sassy miss like Baskett is wearing it.

Russian Marble

Not surprisingly there is another Russian team leotard in these finals. I have to say, I truly believe- though one Soviet leo made its way into the World's Worst Leotard Grand Final- that Russia has had the most consistently good leotard over the years. Yes, they have had a couple of dull ones, and a few terrible ones in the nineties, but they are far outstripped by the amount of good, or at least inoffensive choices. They were also always wise in often having leos that were only one or two colours. The Russian were great at keeping to a basic fashion rule- Keep it simple. There is a reason why that is a rule! Perhaps Spain should be forced to write it out five hundred times.

Lady Lilac

In many ways, a light lilac leo just doesn't seem to fit in with Asac's particular brand of sassy aggression. But she looks good. Damn good. It's a flattering colour. It's not too purple (thank gawd). It's sparkly without being too disco. The shoulder detail is subtle but adds interest to the cut. 
It's not heinously high-cut like so many these days, attempting to flatter the gymnast's legs with little or no regard to equal and opposite affect it has on panty lines and worldwide sales of butt glue. The squared off neckline is old-fashioned and elegant. 
And Asac is wearing it. Need i say more?

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