Tammy Hembrow's Followers Don't Know How To Feel About Her 'Naked' Bikini

What do you see when you look at this photo of influencer Tammy Hembrow? You'd be forgiven for assuming she is nude, but on closer inspection, you can see thin flesh coloured straps that make up the majority of her bikini.

And that's exactly the point. The 'naked' bikini's purpose is to deliberately give the illusion that the person wearing it is just that, nude.

While most of us are accustomed to seeing unrealistic bikini trends appearing our Instagram feeds, this one takes the social media trend to dizzying new heights.

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The 23-year-old -- who fronted a number of Khloe Kardashian's Good American denim ads -- isn't new to posting poolside shots of herself wearing bikinis that leave little to the imagination.

Yet her 9.6 million followers were left very confused by this particular one, where the fitness model is wearing slim patches of skin coloured fabric held together by little plastic straps:

“What is the point of that bikini?” one commenter asked, with another noting there is almost no point in wearing anything at all.

“This isn’t even a bathing suit," added another, with others calling the bikini "vulgar".

"You're actually wearing dental floss," commented a third.

Many pointed out that this style of bikini might not even be the end of the trend.

"Before you know it, they'll be making bikinis that are transparent over the nipples," a commenter wrote.

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One benefit of the bikini, as many jokingly pointed out, is the fact it will minimise the existence of tan lines.

Hembrow in the comments shared this was her reason for wearing it. “No tan lines bro," she wrote in response to a comment.

Yet the "naked" bikini isn't anything new, and has seemed to get skimpier and skimpier since it first began appearing on Instagram.

In January, Beginning Boutique's Haymen bikini went viral when it was mocked for how unattainable the look is for the normal woman.

"I don't think it would cover my c-section scar, what a shame," wrote one mum.

"This would literally give my flaps friction burns," added another.

"More like the hymen bikini," joked a third.

Others called the bikini the "vag flosser" and asked if it "came with a free appointment with the cosmetic surgeon to get your flaps cut down."

Many even begged comedian Celeste Barber, known for making her own 'realistic' versions of Instagram shots, to take on the trend.

So while Hembrow's swimming costume is the latest to push the limits of the trend, we're sure it won't be the last.

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