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Kelsey and Monica Rush Bikini Empire

Bikini Empire is a collaboration between twin sisters, Kelsey and Monica Rush. In 2014 Kelsey had the idea to start a swimwear company after being frustrated by the lack of sustainably made, stylish bikinis that were available. They began working on all aspects of the business together, from the designs, to the photoshoot concepts, and running their online store.

Monica lives full time in the Dominican Republic with her partner and son. She is a talented graphic designer and photographer, and has spent her career doing freelance work for fashion brands and passionate entrepreneurs.

Kelsey lives on Gabriola Island, on a communal property in an off the grid cob house that she built with her partner Charlie. She has been involved in the Canadian cannabis industry for the past 8 years, as well as running an online vintage store, and Bikini Empire from her home.

Both Kelsey and Monica have a passion for fashion, love getting dressed up and collaborating on photoshoots. They work on all aspects of the business together, and are proud to be able to offer sustainably and ethically made swimwear that is fashion forward and sexy.

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