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Life and Work with Gianine McKenna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gianine McKenna.

Gianine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started selling bikinis during my senior year of college! It was very casual. I brought back a suitcase (literally) with bikinis from my hometown in Brazil. Well, turned out a lot of people liked them, so I invested in a bigger order and so it all begun! A small summer hustle ended up paving my road for the next 5 years! Last year, I designed my first collection! This summer’s collection now includes beachwear as well! I’m really loving the designing process!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wouldn’t call it a smooth road but I have been blessed! I am surrounded by people who have guided, motivated and inspired me! The connections I made early on were instrumental to my growth! My advice to other women is to just get started! You may not know how point A will connect to B yet but just press start and the dots will begin to connect!

Please tell us about Gianine Bikini LLC.
Gianine Bikini is an online Brazilian swimwear, beachwear & intimates luxury brand. All of our products are created in the south of Brazil with love and care. Our goal is to offer our clients high quality, fun and flattering collections inspired by Brazil’s beautiful nature, vivid colors, and vibrant culture!

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Definitely! Our move to the United States when I was 10 years old. I didn’t speak English and experienced such a culture shock! We lived in St. Simons Island, Georgia where we were one of few foreigners, in turn, our family adapted super fast! I feel like when you are put in a situation like that at an early age, you learn that you can do anything you put your mind to!


  • All of our bikini sets are under $100!
  • End of Summer markdowns happening now! Up to 50% off selective styles!

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Sara Hanna Photography

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