Toyota is getting criticism for its long torso swimsuit that the media and others are calling “a rip-off.”
The company has been accused of making it difficult for women to wear the bikini, and has said it will soon offer a new swimsuit in a more “feminine” color that is made in Japan.
However, a New York Times article published Thursday said the company was using the long torso because it has been making a lot of money off the trend.
The article noted that Toyota was not the only company to be criticized for selling long swimsuits and other swimwear that was marketed to women, with some accusing it of using a sexist image.
The article said that some of the long swimsuit brands included, Under Armour, New Balance and Nike.
It also said the short-length, bikini-like swimsuits used in Japan are considered a rip-offs of what women are wearing now.
“Toyota is the poster child for all that is wrong with modern women,” the article said.
“As we saw in the ’80s, women today are being asked to look at their bodies with a little bit of disdain, not a lot, but with a fair amount,” the Times quoted Toyota Chief Executive Yasuyuki Ide as saying.
Toyota has not commented on the article.
The long torso bikini has been criticized for its shape, which makes it less attractive for women.
It is not designed for a woman to wear a swimsuit under a suit, the article reported.
Instead, the swimsuit was designed to look like a tank top and to make it look more revealing than a bathing suit.
“The shape of the bikini is not the problem, the problem is the style,” said Katie Murphy, a swimwear analyst at the company.
“The long turtleneck is a way to make the swimwear more appealing, which has a lot to do with how it looks and how it feels to wear.”