It is with great pleasure that I introduce Swimsuit 2009, our fourth annual swimwear edition.
Not only has Dillard’s shown exceptional generosity in providing the many swimsuits and coordinated jewelry displayed within the following pages, but without unique settings such as those made possible by the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Resort, Lover’s Key State Park, Koreshan State Historic Site, the beaches of Marco Island, Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples Botanical Garden and the Olde Naples shopping district, we would not have these beautiful images.
A special thank you goes out to Bangs Salon, Inc. for makeup and hairstyling.
The most frequent question I have received over the last four years has been “Where do you find the models?” That’s easy. Beautiful people are all around us and right in our own backyards, too. We take pride in the fact that our models are local residents; this is where they live, work and play. They are real people – moms and brothers and daughters – who participate daily in our community.
Once again we have been fortunate enough to showcase the talent and expertise of photographer Ken Lane. The images contained within are not only an expression of fashion, but a reflection of beauty in the place we call home.
Swimsuit 2008 online garnered more page views than any other Citizen issue and has remained at the top of the list of unique visitors each week.
That’s great news for our loyal advertisers. We have no doubt Swimsuit 2009 will be as wildly popular as last year’s swimsuit edition, with its great new look, designed by Michael Desmet, and thumbnail sketches of our models’ personalities written by Brenda Hawkins.
Yes, we live in paradise. So, take a minute to soak in the beauty. Enjoy!