06/24/2013 06:37 pm ET

Plus-Size Bikinis: Why Women Should Embrace Swimwear That Shows Off Their Curves

Until recently, plus-size women had very few swimsuit options that were fun or stylish. But 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the bikini for big women. Gabi Fresh sold out of her "fatkini" line 48 hours after the collection debuted online. Other plus-size stores are also having trouble keeping up with supply and demand.

Plus-size models and designers joined HuffPost Live recently to talk about the growing popularity of plus-size bikinis. Monif Clarke, founder and CEO of Monif C. Plus Sizes, said she thinks the trend is part of the evolution of women becoming more confident in themselves. Clarke said she introduced her own collection of plus-size bikinis after she couldn't find any stylish ones in stores.