Where It Came From: Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
...BUT WHY? Because it keeps you from looking like a farmer.
Should you have a beach day in China's coastal city of Qingdao, expect to see plenty of people looking like they're about to rob a bank. The "Facekini" offers protection from the sun's rays, and completely cover the face except for the nose, mouth, and eyes. Usually paired with a bodysuit or wetsuit, their purpose is to preserve the skin's fairness and prevent tanning. In China, having a tan is considered a sign of being a peasant who works in the fields all day. Mad dated, sure, but hey, some things are institutionalized like that.