AnnaSophia Robb for Seventeen Magazine

Posted on April 11, 2013

This is kind of fun. It reminds us of a lot of classic ’80s fashion mag covers. Which is appropriate, we suppose, since she’s playing an ’80s princess on her show.


AnnaSophia covers the May 2013 issue of Seventeen magazine photographed by Matt Jones.

We’re not quite so used to seeing teenage girl crotch on a cover, though. Cute swimsuit.


Oh, honey. You poor thing. Like January Jones and Christina Hendricks, you will be forced at some point to fight with stylists and scream “STOP DRESSING ME LIKE IT’S 30 YEARS AGO! I’M NOT MY CHARACTER! I HATE YOU AND YOUR ASS FACE!”

Or something like that.

Regional colloquialism check time! Do you say “swimsuit, “bathing suit,” or something else? We had a friend from South Africa who insisted on calling it a “bathing costume,” which never failed to crack us up. We couldn’t help picturing someone in a chicken suit or full Little Bo Peep regalia wading into the water.


[Photo Credit: Matt Jones for Seventeen Magazine]

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  • Sobaika

    I’m not used to teenage crotch on the cover of magazines either, but I appreciate that they haven’t noticeably photoChopped the life out of her.

    The second cover is giving me a headache.

    • Allyson Wells

      Yea, the crotch shot is a little much for someone her age. And is it me or does her hair look super greasy in that second photo? The wet hair look would have made more sense paired with the bathing suit.

      • mightbewrong

        I don’t quite think it deserves the term ‘crotch shot’. It’s a relatively modest swimsuit, and this design is pretty much what we all wear, at any age, whether we’re on the cover of a magazine or not.

        • Snailstsichr

          It’s the yellow flowers. They’re drawing pictures with the white space.

          • mightbewrong

            Eh, I see your point, but go to practically any feature here and you’ll find a comment about how the outfit is subliminally directing me to the wearer’s crotch/chest.

          • Dora K.

            I know! Every sort of print or design element is a “crotch flower” or “vagina arrow” or “hoo-hoo mouth” to some of the commenters. Come on, guys. Let people design and wear interesting clothes and let women have vaginas in peace.

      • filmcricket

        Well, she herself is 20 – she’s older than the character she’s playing. And I’m pretty sure that 2nd shot is of a two-piece bathing suit. Whether or not it’s appropriate for ‘Seventeen’ which is probably read by 14 year olds, is another question.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Being Australian I am prone to calling it a cossie. Or sometimes bathers. I’ll call it a swimsuit if I want to be understood in the wider world.

  • Jessica RoweRock

    bathing suit – baltimore!

    • PastryGoddess

      Wassup fellow Baltimorean!

      • Sarah

        Bathing suit, too, Richmond!

  • Katy

    I love a good Waiting for Guffman reference first thing in the morning.

    • rh33

      Agreed!!!! Corky in the morning makes me smile.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Stools rule! Let’s go bite pillows! And then interview at the DQ!

  • itsnotoveryet11

    everyone I know here in the UK calls it a swimming costume

  • Jenifesto

    “I hate you and your ass face” is my go to line. Love you guys!

  • annamow

    Yup, my South African husband and his family call it a swimming costume, and sometimes just a costume. Seven years later, and I still get confused when he says that…

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    We called it a bathing suit for many years, until my kids started swim team. Now it’s a practice suit or a team suit.

    I miss bathing suits.

  • Donna Tabor

    Swimsuit, or just suit.

  • Amy Ignatow

    I once had an extremely confusing conversation with some new South African roommates who kept asking me if I was going to wear my costume on a hike. After we’d finally sussed it out I passed by an Australian friend who wanted to know if I was wearing my bathers, after which I refused to talk to anyone for the next hour.

  • Sara Munoz Munoz

    I MUST have that *bathing suit*. And I love that she’s not in some little string bikini nonsense on the cover of SEVENTEEN.

    • RebeccaKW

      That cover suit is amazing. I hate ruffles but I am loving the ruffles on this thing.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I’m so glad I read “Vogue” and not “Seventeen.” Starring at that cover is giving me a seizure.

    Swimsuit and bathing suit are interchangeable in our house, but it’s usually just “bikini” with my teenage girls.

  • MRC210

    I grew up calling it a bathing suit – which struck me as odd even as a kid, since here we talk about swimming, not bathing. When I read about people bathing in English fiction I always think of it as paddling around in a genteel way, as opposed to swimming. Even in England, no one bathes the English Channel. If they see someone in trouble in the water, I’m sure they don’t say “I’ll bathe out to save him!”. Anyway, back to the subject on hand… cute first shot although I don’t like the necklaces, second shot is hiddy.

  • nannypoo

    It’s bathing suit in Minnesota. These are particularly garish specimens.

  • Brigitte Todd

    Being a New Zealander, it’s not a “bathing suit” it’s my togs.

    • snevhead

      Same for us in Ireland. Always “togs”.

      • smallgirlsaretrouble

        Oh is that where it comes from – in Queensland a lot of people call them togs, but for me it’s swimmers or bathers

  • PastryGoddess

    I switch between swimsuit and bathing suit

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Me too.

      • TigerLaverada

        Me three.

    • RebeccaKW

      Same here (Texas girl). I also switch between sneakers and tennis shoes. But it is always Coke.

      • Amelia Logan

        same but I like the sound of “soda” better

        • Shannon Stewart


          • jetpackdino

            Type 2 Diabetes.

        • Isabel

          Soft drink

      • The Versatile Chef

        <—–New England girl says "tonic"

        • Sarah Adams

          Yes! Hard core New England dialect.

      • Isabel

        I sometimes say “Keds”

  • conniemd

    On the west coast grew up calling it swimsuit. Never a bathing suit. Bathing is for bath tubs. Swimming is for pools, lakes, oceans etc.

  • muelonil

    That swimsuit is very very cute but 1) It somehow seems odd the way they have it on her on the cover and 2) She’s wearing a cardi with a bathing suit?

  • siao

    Bathers here in Australia!

  • Little_Olive

    Bathing suit is the literal translation from spanish down here (traje de baño -trajebaño). But that applies to men’s trunks and women’s full suits; for a two-piece, you just say bikini.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I’m from Colombia and we say “vestido de baño”. The literal translation of that would be “bathing dress”

  • Indovina

    In their pseudo-80s glory, those covers are indeed gnarly, tubular, mondo, and all of the other Super Mario World secret levels. To the max.

    Apparently, a “brave move … made her a star”. Who knew? Then again, I only know four things about her – and I learned three of them here.

    But I don’t know that I have a specific idiolect or dialect preference in swimwear terminology.

  • bookish

    I’m in Utah and say swimsuit. I’m also more likely to say two-piece than bikini, just because bikini sounds so young and skimpy. I hadn’t really thought about it before, though!

  • Liz

    My father calls all bathing suits “trunks”. Male or female.

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Vegeta’s in for a suprise, then.

  • Me Again

    I say swimsuit, and I’m from Los Angeles. Bathing suit does not sound weird to me at all, though.

  • Jaime

    It was “bathing suit” when I was a kid in upstate NY, but I’ve defaulted to swimsuit as an adult.

  • SapphoPoet

    Swimsuit or bathing suit here. Fun pictures, but yes, looks like my Seventeen magazine back in 1985.

  • RedRaven617

    California here.. and we use swimsuit, bikini or tankini. Or in some cases, such as mine, ‘my most hated piece of clothing’.

    • Little_Olive

      Haha it’s like the only good line in that product placement excuse that was the remake of “The Women” when Annete Benning wants to stop wallclimbing at her gym: “What are the two worst words on the English language? -Pool Party.”

  • Funkykatt

    Both my daughters as toddlers couldn’t say ‘bathing suit’ so one called it ‘dupee dupee’ and the other,since she couldn’t pronounce ‘dupee’, called it ‘deebee deebee’ instead. Naturally I still use those terms.

    • alyce1213

      I totally get that.

    • mightbewrong

      Yes! I called my grandmother ‘Scoots’ 18 years ago and it’s been practically her official name ever since. Toddlers have more influence than they know…

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        My youngest son asked us the other day why we call his paternal grandmother “Shar”. Because that is what HE called her and the name stuck. And we have no idea why since her name is Nancy.

      • Sarah

        My grandfather was Boppy to my cousins, and my father is Boppa to his grandchildren for the same reason (inability to pronounce “Grandpa”) as well as my uncle, who is Boppy to his grandchildren, too. Two generations of “Bops” with no correlation between. Definitely the influence of toddlers at work!

      • Amelia Logan

        I became Mimi to some of my cousins and that stuck for a very long time.
        I always though my other cousins were super weird because they called my Grandpa “pop-pop.”

        • Sarah

          Oh yeah, us too. We had no special names for ours, just grandma (gramma) and grandpa (grampa). Unless you count “nana” for our great-grandmother, but I think that’s pretty typical.

        • mightbewrong

          Incidentally, my little cousins call their grandparents ‘Mimi’ and ‘Pop-pop’ :)
          (Edit: I think your comment mentioned Pop-pop before!)

    • Beardslee

      My dad was named Bahwah by my nephew. My mom was Grammy to him and his little sister and Ammy to my son and daughter; my son couldn’t say “Gr” very well, being a year younger than his cousin during naming time. I have to remember to refer to her as Grammy when I’m with them. My sister in law Donita is always known to my children as Aunt Nina, because what toddler can say Donita?

  • MoHub

    In the DC region, it’s bathing suit.

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      I’d generalize that to mid-Atlantic region, though I’m sure someone will tell me I’m wrong. Definitely northeastern Maryland, where I grew up.

      • Verascity

        It was bathing suit when I was growing up in New York, too.

    • mightbewrong

      Yeah, here in Baltimore it’s ‘bathing suit.’ Although it’s just like saying ‘sneakers’ instead of tennis shoes, it’s kind of a stupid term but I can’t stop myself.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        It’s not sneakers? What about tennies?

        • mightbewrong

          It can be! It just sounds funny to me even though I’ve said it all my life.

          • snevhead

            See, in Ireland, these are called “runners”.

    • gabbilevy

      I’m from California, where I grew up calling it a bathing suit (although neither sound wrong, unlike the pop/soda/cola situation).

      • marlie

        UGH. It’s *SODA.* 😉

        • gabbilevy

          Yes it is! :)

        • DeborahJozayt

          It’s POP! :)

        • RebeccaKW

          It’s all Coke.

    • Sarah

      Yup. Bathing suit, soda (or coke) and sneakers. Also, for large sandwiches, I dunno about other people, but I call it a “sub” and my mother from Connecticut called it a “grinder.”

      • MoHub

        Definitely submarine sandwich, or sub for short, in my neck of the woods. And soda, as well.

      • marlie

        In the Philly area, it’s “hoagie.”

        • Sarah

          Yeah! I’ve heard that one. And “Hero” even though I always think that’s a wrong way to say gyro but not the same sandwich so maybe not?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    ok “i hate you and your ass face” just made me spit out my coffee! you guys are the best evah :)

  • SewingSiren

    I hate you and your ass face, and I don’t even know what we’re talking about.

  • alyce1213

    NYC: Bathing suit. I call everything a bathing suit — bikini, tankini, one-piece, men’s.

  • Kristy Evans

    I say bathing suit – my parents are Yanks, but I grew up in the deep south. So…I dunno.

  • Malve Lyborg

    The german equivalent (“Badeanzug”) would translate as bathing suit.

  • lehen

    bikini or one piece

  • Dorothy

    Am I the only one that looks at the flowers in that suit and sees Jar Jar Binks or some other alien face along the chest? Also, as I’ve said before with Mondo’s flower britches, you have to be careful with the pattern near the lady parts. This one looks like it’s decorating the promised land. Ugh.

  • Maluca

    Here in Puerto Rico we say bathing suit in English and traje de baño in Spanish.

    AnnaSophia looks cute but yes, this will get old real quick. And is her name really spelled like that? With the big and small letters all together like that?

  • MajorBedhead

    I call it a bathing suit. I’m in western Massachusetts.

  • TropiCarla

    I’m from the Caribbean and we said “bath suit” most often. I remember “bathing suit” also. Now here in Chicago, I hear everyone saying “swimsuit.”

  • Genesis Hansen

    I grew up on the beach in Orange County, CA – bathing suit is the generic term here for all styles, but you will hear references to trunks for men and bikini, tankini, or “one piece” for women. Tiny briefs on men were never referred to as anything but “Speedos” regardless of actual brand.

  • Paola Thomas

    As a Brit I say ‘swimming costume’ or ‘cossie’. No worse than wearing a suit to go swimming…..

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    Washington state, South Carolina, South Texas and North Florida….bathing suit!

  • Julie Chase

    I’m a Philly girl, so I bring my bathing suit down the shore.

    • momogus


    • Jessica O’Connell

      I’m a Jersey girl but I also bring my bathing suit to the shore.

  • marlie

    Bathing suit (and “down the shoes”) here.

    Cute pictures.

  • Alyssa

    In Oklahoma, we call it a swimming suit. Not sure why it’s not swimsuit, as that would be easier (and shorter) to say, but there’s no question what it’s used for!

  • jetpackdino

    Now I remember why we all started wearing black in 1988.

  • formerlyAnon

    Originally “bathing suit” from parents born & raised in Northeast U.S. prior to WW II,
    Picked up “swimsuit” from advertising as moved through life.

    ETA: “The shore” via same parents until the family had lived in the Southern U.S. for a half decade or so, then it gradually changed to “the beach.”

    • MilaXX

      It’s ‘da shore if it’s anywhere in Atlantic City or Maryland, but it’s the beach if I’m on vacation or at any of the New England spots (The Cape/Nantucket/Martha’s VIneyard).

  • Qitkat

    Apparently I’m the cheese standing alone in the corner, but I like the retro nature of both these suits, bathing/swim or two-piece/bikini, whatevs, I feel like I have used all the terms at various times and geographies in my life. Although the top look does seem to have rosebud nipples.

  • Nicole Little

    Love the Madge eyebrows in the second shot.

  • pronouncethe_e

    I’m a Californian and I say swimsuit or speedo. ‘Speedo’ is highly specific to me and my family though because my brother and I were competitive swimmers as kids/teens. ‘Speedo’ was the catch all for swimsuit since it was the preferred brand (sort of how ‘Kleenex’ means any tissue now), it wasn’t referring to just the tiny bottoms the boys wore. On another note, my SO’s family is from Northern England and they just say ‘costume’, which was (and after 6 years still is) very confusing.

  • another_laura

    Started out with swimsuit (SoCal!) but somewhere switched to bathing suit (probably sounded more grown-up).

    “I hate you and your ass face!” – I can’t wait to try it out!

  • MilaXX

    bathing suit. The first look is okay, but I love the black/white look.

  • Imasewsure

    80’s busy but really cute.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    When I was young, in downstate Illinois, we called it a swimsuit or even swimming suit. When I moved to Chicago in my teens, it was all bathing suit. I think I still say bathing suit.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks cute on both of the covers. I use both swimsuit and bathing suit.

  • Malice Grant

    My husband is British so he also calls it a costume, but shortens it to “swimming cozzie.” I thought it was cute once, but now I always scream “what the hell’s a cozzie?!?!” Because… Ridiculous.

    • Kikishua

      I’m in the UK, and it’s “swimming costume” for me, and cozzie for short/informal, also. Or bikini if it’s two piece.

  • Vanjar

    I’m Dutch and we call it a ‘badpak’, literal translation bath suit.

  • zenobar

    From northern Michigan to Metro Detroit – I put on my sneakers, grab a pop, and go to the beach in my bathing suit.

  • MK03

    Waiting For Guffman quote thread! GO!!


  • Hillary Schuster

    I’m from Michigan and I think we said them both. I THINK I grew up using “bathing suit” more often and now use “swimsuit” more…but it’s hard to say. They both sound right.

    Oh, and cute pictures.

  • Watts

    Raised in the US South and it’s a bathing suit.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    bathing suit – grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, now in New York.

  • trisker

    Bathing suit. I’ve also heard “swimming suit”, but I don’t use it. Laughed out loud at “I hate you and your ass face”!!

  • jmorino08

    i am having flashbacks to my teenage years, wasting time in the grocery store while my mom stopped and talked to everyone in the store. The butchers knew her by name and exactly what she would order! Do you know embarrassing that is MOM!?!? Oh wait… sorry… Substitute Alyssa Milano circa Who’s the Boss into that second one and I probably drew a mustache all over it during a misguided fit of jealousy. Also, I would have TOTALLY wanted that swimsuit!

  • Mazenderan

    UK. ‘Swimming costume’ – which sometimes gets shortened to ‘cossie’.

  • subwaycars

    I think I say bathing suit, but swim suit might also be said a time or two. /Southern California

  • littlemissstrange

    I say bathing suit (I’m from Los Angeles) but I think stores usually call them swimsuits. So bathing suit is like the nickname we use.

    Corky St. Clair FTW!!!

  • Anabag

    California native here: bathing suit usually or sometimes swimsuit. As a kid growing up with many pools it was often just go home and put on your suit. We’d take turns swimming at each other’s houses. Sadly the word “suit” now has a very different meaning in my life.

  • Kimbolina

    Just outside of Boston here. I’ve heard/used both swimsuit and bathing suit throughout my life but I think I generally default to swimsuit.

  • Shannon Stewart


  • Trisha26

    Growing up & living in California I’ve always used “Bathing suit.” “Swimming costume” means the Monty Python skit “Wink Wink Nudge Nudge.” (Bathing costume just means old-fashioned swimwear to me.)

  • Mlzx

    Cute guys? All for ME?!

  • Toto Maya

    She is creepily cute. I don’t know how else to explain it. Every time I see a picture of her I think that she’s adorable, and creeping me out at the same time.

  • gracedarling

    Being Australian… “bathers”, or if you’re from the Northern states, a “cossie” (which I assume is short for bathing costume) or your “togs”. Nobody here says “swimsuit” or “swimwear” that I know of.

  • LuxuryLime

    Native Oregonian here!
    I have always called it a swimsuit. Occasionally, my sisters and I will call them “swimsoups,” as that’s what we called them when we were kids.
    When you go see the ocean, we call it “going to the coast.” You DO NOT wear your swimsuit at the coast in Oregon, you would freeze to death and die. People mostly swim in rivers and creeks here.

    Bathing costume cracks me up!

  • Anniebet

    I’m wondering about that first picture of Ms Robb… it looks like her face has been stretched outward on the right side of the pic. Her cheek especially looks wrong and the eye and eyebrow seem wider that the other one. Her face just looks broader than in the second picture. Maybe it’s just me, though, or the angle.

    I do think after 120 or so comments we have definitively established that US persons responding to T Lo’s swimsuit/bathing suit question use the two terms pretty much interchangeably, but swimsoups has my vote. Other nationalities may vary.

  • whirligig7

    Bathsuit…. I’m from Trinidad, and we liked to cut out syllables…it’s really pronounced like “bat-soot”

  • Crystal Harnden

    Swimming suit. I’ve live in Maine.

  • kathrineb

    I say swimsuit. In Australia we never say ‘bathing suit’. I also say ‘swimmers’.

  • MandyJane

    I say both swimsuit and bathing suit.

  • librarygrrl64

    Bathing suit (Philly area native).

  • Sally Brownson

    In California, it’s a swimsuit. I’ve also heard “swimming suit” from people here.

  • finnishmaria

    This might sound weird, but now that I’m thinking of it, I’m not sure I would ever call an athletic – style one piece swimsuit (clearly for exercising, etc.) a bathing suit. Those are swimsuits, but something cute (a 2 piece, or anything for a casual swimming) I would call either a swimsuit OR a bathing suit.

    Am I the only one who does this?

  • bluerinse

    Bathers – Melbourne, Australia

  • murt

    She looks similar to how lindsay lohan used to be styled as a teenager.