WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
MIGA Swimwear is a line inspired by women that have disfigurement, from birth defects and burn scars to paralysis and skin diseases, but made to be worn by all.
Our mission is to empower women to share their experience with disfigurement to combat stigma, creating a community of self-love and self-acceptance that promotes empathy and awareness towards the disfigurement community.
WHY IT MATTERS?
MIGA starts from my personal experience with disfigurement. I was born with short 4th toes and growing up in Costa Rica, I always felt self-conscious at the beach or at the pool. I decided to focus my masters in design to find ways to lower stigma in the disfigurement community, and to my surprise found that swimsuit design coupled with stories can help women feel more comfortable with their bodies. One of our volunteers, who after her burn injury had stopped going to the pool, was able to go back swimming due to our collaboration.
In 2016, there were 486,000 burn injuries in the US and each year approximately 150,000 babies are born with birth defects. With your help, we can raise awareness and empathy towards this resilient community.
HOW IT WORKS?
I have worked with 3 burn survivors to design pieces that fit their needs and each bathing suit comes with a bag that details the story behind the disfigurement, as a way to lower stigma for our volunteers and raise awareness about disfigurement among our non-disfigured costumers. Although 3 of the pieces were inspired by the needs of our volunteers, all styles are made to be worn by all. There are 6 styles total, 2 different styles per story and color scheme. The entire collection is made with Italian fabrics that are sustainable and that offer UV ray, SPF50, protection.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP?
Getting a brand off the ground is no easy feat. We are raising $10,000 to produce the first round of production for MIGA Swimwear, inspired by burn survivors, as well as to continue to work with other members of the disfigurement community. With the purchase of one of our rewards, YOU will help us to provide stigma-breaking, self-esteem boosting, beauty standard-busting swimwear to those that NEED it most. As we see it, it is a win-win situation. You purchase a bold and beautiful bathing suit with an inspiring story and in exchange, you are supporting an underrepresented and underserved group, as we strive to raise awareness and empathy for this community.
We consider all of our backers, proud supporters of the disfigurement community.
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Back us today so you can get a bold and beautiful bathing suit that not only supports your curves, but that supports the disfigurement community! Do good and feel good!
Risks and challenges
Any manufacturing process has its own unique challenges and can lead to unexpected delays and swimwear production is no exception. We've taken every step possible to prepare for any potential issues, while always keeping the focus on the quality of the product. We have received samples from our manufacturer that meet our expectations and trust in their services, as they specialise in swimwear production. However, because of the scale of this production, delays can be expected as production requires having all the materials available at the time of production, as well as any other logistics and shipment delays.
We know that there is a big difference between a backer and a regular customer and we want you to be part of our journey. So we will provide detailed and timely project updates to keep you informed, up-to-date and most times, loved and appreciated.
Please be mindful that we are a small team and we will send your reward as soon as humanly possible. We know how to produce our products and now we are excited for our next challenge, getting your rewards out to you ASAP!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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