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Chinese women wear facekinis as they exercise on the beach on August 20 in Qingdao, China. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you

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Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

BIZARRE FASHION

Fashion from hell: facekinis are the weirdest thing you'll see this year

Kaushik Ramaswamy @kaushikramaswa1

Ripples form across the water. Slowly, what appears to be the head of a reptile surfaces. The head is a neon pink, with slits for nostrils.

The creature walks towards the beach, its every step making the existence of a merciful God seem less and less likely. But this is no B-grade horror flick. This is far, far more horrific.

This is the facekini.

Looking like the product of a failed relationship between a snake and a balloon, the facekini is Chinese beach fashion. And it definitely makes a statement.

Unfortunately the statement is "I'm straight from hell and I want to haunt your dreams".

Apart from turning wearers into low budget luchadors and demonic latex fetishists, the facekini does have its uses. It's meant to protect users from sun-rays.

It also protects wearers from jellyfish. Presumably by scaring the living daylights out of them. And jellyfish don't even have brains.

Yes, that's how horrific facekinis are.

Facekinis come in all sorts of hues and colours, none better than the last, most worse. But horrific as it is, it's...so...hard...to...take...our...eyes...off...them.

Text by Ranjan Crasta.

Kaushik Ramaswamy

Kaushik Ramaswamy @kaushikramaswa1