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Lady Gaga is second rate compared to this gal from Louisiana. “It’s inevitable.” When Fabiana LeFleur decided to make her own bikini she hoped right to it, so to speak, she used frogs as the material. The 28-year-old LeFleur lives in Henderson, Louisiana, where she grew up hunting, fishing and catching frogs in the Louisiana Bayou, her father taught her not to waste anything. My father always made it a point to use every part that he could, not only eating the meat but tanning the hides, sometimes even carving the bones into knife handles,” she told local station KLFY TV. Deciding recently to apply her father’s advice to amphibians, she went out hunting and caught seven frogs. After removing the meat and eating it, she sewed the animals together into an eye-catching swimsuit. Skinning the frogs turned out to be the hardest part LeFleur told HuffPost. “Normally, to filet a frog you would just make a cut around the belly and pull off the pants to expose the legs. Keeping the whole things intact without damaging the skin is tricky, it’s a more delicate operation to accomplish. The results are truly ribbiting, er, riveting. Photos of LeFleur’s frog swimsuit have gone viral on social media.
Going skin-to-skin with an amphibian is a little hard to take for some urbanites, but LeFleur said frog hides are no different from any other animal hide when it comes to making clothing. You can really see what they are in my suit and the only difference is I didn’t cut off the limbs or the heads, “the process of extracting silk from worms seems a lot more gross than stitching a couple bullfrogs together.” Once the frog hides were dried, she sewed them together, covered them with several layers of shellac so the swimsuit would be waterproof. Although she is happy with the results, LeFleur admits wearing the suit presents some challenges. They don’t have an underwire, so there’s not as much support as a standard bathing suit,, “not a very practical piece of sportswear” she said. LeFleur doesn’t plan on wearing the suit very often.
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