$11,486
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117
backers
40hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 20 2018 7:33 PM UTC +00:00.

Maria Luisa MendiolaBy Maria Luisa Mendiola
First created
Maria Luisa MendiolaBy Maria Luisa Mendiola
First created
$11,486
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
117
backers
40hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 20 2018 7:33 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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.

Graci wearing Mio and Jaleesa wearing Mio2
Graci wearing Mio and Jaleesa wearing Mio2

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.

Kat wearing Kat with Sarong
Kat wearing Kat with Sarong

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. 

SIZE CHART

 DESIGN PROCESS

 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!

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    MIGA Friend

    For this reward my friend, you can choose to receive any bikini top, bottom or sarong. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Patron

    We are one step closer to raising awareness about the disfigurement community because of your contribution! For this reward, you can choose between the Mio2, Isabel2 or Kat2 Swimsuit (top and bottom). That's $70 off retail! Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    Early Bird Special: MIGA Bestie

    As a MIGA Bestie, we know you can't wait to receive your suit. This reward is the fastest way to get yours. Choose the Mio2 or Isabel or Isabel2 or Kat2 Swimsuit. Complete the suit with the matching printed bag so you can learn about the resilient stories of the burn survivors we worked with for this collection. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Gal

    You are our kind of Gal so we are giving you $100 off retail! Choose between Mio or Kat Swimsuit and you will also receive the matching sarong. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Soulmate

    As our soulmate, we know there is no one quite like you so for this reward we are giving you $120 off retail. Choose between Mio or Kat Swimsuit complete with matching sarong AND printed bag. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Mamacita

    Thank you for donating Mamacita! For this reward you will get 2 pairs of any combination of Mio2, Isabel, Isabel2 or Kat2 Swimsuits with their matching printed bag. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Queen

    A contribution like yours deserves a reward fit for a Queen. For this reward you will receive 2 pairs of ANY bathing suit with their matching printed bags. We will also send you a hand printed thank you card and you will receive early-bird special announcements for our second collection. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA VIP

    A VIP contribution is not something you see every day and we want to reward you for believing in our mission. For your reward you will receive 3 pairs of ANY bathing suit with their matching printed bags and a hand printed thank you card. Additionally, you will receive early-bird special announcements for our second collection and most importantly, will be given the opportunity to nominate a member of the disfigurement community for our next collection. Once the project is funded, we will contact you to find out your choice and size.

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    MIGA Ally

    Welcome to the MIGA Community and thank you for your support! You will receive a hand printed thank you card.

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    MIGA Comrade

    Thank you for helping us raise awareness about the disfigurement community! You will receive one of our bags that comes with the story of the burn survivors we have worked with and a hand printed thank you card.

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    **OVER 50% GIVEAWAY**

    Be one of the first 10 people to pledge $180 or above and receive a free plush beach towel with your purchase.
    If you already contributed but want to participate in the giveaway, you can add to your existing pledge to a total of $180 or above.
    You have until December 7th, 12pm EST, to participate in our giveaway to receive a MIGA Swimwear towel.

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