Runway and model photos from the Beach Bunny collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim by Fashion Photographer James Santiago.

You’ll find Beach Bunny Swimwear gracing the beautiful bodies of the world’s sexiest women. But if you want to find the woman who designed these drop-dead gorgeous suits, you’ll have to look inside her Orange County, CA office. There, behind the towering stacks of fabric swatches and hardware samples, founder and designer Angela Chittenden is hard at work on her next best-selling creation. The brains — and body — behind Beach Bunny Swimwear, Angela’s passion for couture kicked in at an early age. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved fashion and swimwear,” she explains, taking a momentary break from her jam-packed schedule to speak about her design philosophy. “So being able to combine the two is a dream come true for me.” Angela’s boudoir-inspired lines were an instant hit with women looking for swimsuits that make a bold statement. By ignoring trends, Beach Bunny Swimwear started setting them. And grabbing the attention of the fashion, media and celebrity worlds. Sports Illustrated dedicated more pages of its Swimsuit issue to Beach Bunny Swimwear than any other line. Soon, iconic women from the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Fergie to Cheryl Tiegs and Cindy Crawford were hitting the beaches in Beach Bunny suits. And Angela found herself featured in a slew of media outlets including USA Today, Vogue, People, InStyle, E! and Extra. Not bad for a designer with no formal training — just a serious passion for fun-loving swimwear hand-sewn in the good ol’ U.S.A. In fact, Angela credits the success of her line in part to her self-taught design skills and instincts. “We do whatever we want, without paying much attention to what other designers are doing. This creative freedom is what makes our suits so unique, and so popular. Every woman is different. They want swimwear that reflects their individuality.” Angela also credits her success to the outstanding team around her. If you’re on the hunt for a sassy new swimsuit that shows off your every curve, then bring your sense of fun — and your mom — and head over to Beach Bunny Swimwear.