Adidas’ New Campaign, Beyond the Surface, Reinforces Inclusivity in Swimming
Posted on 2021 Jun,14  | By ArabAd's staff

Adidas' launches its debut Full-Cover Collection for those who - whether for personal choice or cultural reasons - otherwise face limited performance options. Through its Beyond the Surface new campaign, created by Havas Middle East, Adidas celebrates how water accepts everyone unconditionally.

Driven by the belief that sport belongs to all, adidas began a movement of change to ensure that all bodies, had access to performance wear for the water and enjoy one of the most popular sports in the world. Therefore today, the brand continues its drive to offer a wider choice of technical apparel for athletes everywhere, via the unveil of its first Full-Cover Swimwear Collection.

The range is designed to support the needs of those who find that the category offers limited choice when it comes to swimwear. It is informed – via community engagement and insights from around the world - by those who expressed a need for full-coverage for cultural reasons, or those just looking for greater choice via a broader range of technical apparel to suit their needs in the water.

A YouGov survey commissioned by adidas in 2021 reveals that only 12% of women are completely comfortable wearing a swimsuit at a public beach or pool. Body shame and lack of privacy are the two main reasons women do not feel comfortable in their swimsuits.

Additionally, 59% of women aged 18-42 in the United Arab Emirates agree or strongly agree that the “media creates an unattainable body image for female swimmers”. Moreover, only one quarter of women of women surveyed rate the availability of modest and size inclusive swimwear ranges as excellent.

Sybille Baumann, Senior Product Manager adidas Swimwear, said: “At adidas we believe that nobody should be prevented from enjoying the benefits of being in and around the water. We are constantly looking at ways to diversify our product offering for all women and our Full-Cover Swimwear Collection is rooted in that mentality.”

Each piece of the 18-strong piece collection is carefully crafted to ensure that additional fabric does not reduce a swimmer’s ability to move in the water. The range went through a detailed testing process with consumer groups across multiple regions to help find the perfect balance of fit, features, performance and coverage, ensuring maximum comfort for the swimmer. As part of adidas’ ongoing commitment to more sustainabile design, all are crafted with a chlorine-resistant fabric that features Econyl® regenerated yarn.

The Beyond the Surface campaign, part of Watch Us Move - adidas’ broader intiative to create more space for women in sport - is said to be designed to celebrate the power of water and its ability to defy restrictions, bring renewal and accept everyone unconditionally, as the Full-Cover Swimwear collection offers women of all shapes a wide range of technical apparel to support their swim..

The new campaign, is fronted by spoken word-artist and sport inclusivity activist, Asma Elbadawi, who created a specially commisioned poem to celebrate her relationship with the water and the confidence it can bring to all women.

Sudanese-British spoken word-poet and sport inclusivity activist, Asma Elbadawi, added: “This is a project that is close to my heart and I am incredibly proud to support a campaign that will remove barriers for women across the world to enjoy swimming.”

Asma will feature in the campaign alongside Lebanese, Dubai-based adidas ambassador and amputee athlete Dareen Barbar. Building on its commitment to make the future of sport more inclusive for all, adidas continues to evolve its swimwear offering, helping to overcome technical challenges to enable every women in the water.

The campaign was created and produced by Havas Middle East, with the strategic direction and inputs from Die Zwei.