We're used to watching our favorite local female volleyball players getting intense and all sweaty on the court, but thanks to social media, fans now have the luxury of seeing their idols outside their games and tight uniforms.
Not to come off as stalkerish here, but that includes how the popular UAAP volleybelles look during their days off, particularly when they're lounging around the beach. And being engaged in an activity, which requires movement from every part of the body, means that these women are in tip-top, bikini-ready shape.
FHM asked celebrity stylist J-em Sta. Ana why swimsuits can accentuate a volleyball player's already fit physique even more. "Basically, it gives emphasis to their broad shoulders, which serves the most important role in the sport," she explained. "Not to mention those long legs and usually covered abs—the core of their athletic built."
Our stylist also shares that one must consider the body type when choosing a a swimsuit (especially if you're giving it as a gift). We gave Sta Ana. a few case studies featuring some of our favorite sun-kissed collegiate stars and she offered her take on their swimwear of choice.
Issa Camama (UE Lady Warriors)
Celine Domingo (FEU Lady Tamaraws)
Roselyn Rosier (UP Lady Fighting Maroons)
Stylist says: "Printed and detailed bottoms highlight the hips of someone with a slim frame—it's a style that aids in achieving lines and accentuating the natural curves of the body."
Bea de Leon (Ateneo Lady Eagles)
Jaja Santiago (NU Lady Bulldogs)
Kim Dy (De La Salle Lady Spikers)
Stylist says: "For taller volleybelles with longer arms, wearing a bikini gives them the chance to show off their other assets. A tankini shortens the upper body, while its dark sides whittle the waist. These athletic towers would look amazing in feminine cuts and details, too—if that's their cup of tea, at least."
Carla Sandoval (UST Golden Tigresses)
Jema Galanza (Adamson Lady Falcons)
Ponggay Gaston (Ateneo Lady Eagles)
Stylist says: "Some volleyball players who are pear-shaped (curvy around the hips and thighs, then smaller on the upper part of the body) balance their proportions by using a bikini that gives them just the right amount of coverage. Choosing a bold color also gives it a fun twist, making her stand out from the crowd."
Although the advice stated above can be useful when choosing a swimsuit for your partner, the best way to go about it is to take her along on the shopping trip. Trust, she'll appreciate the gesture. When it comes to swimwear, it's always best to try it on before making the purchase anyway.