My Business: The economy of the bikini
24 January 2012 Last updated at 17:53 GMT
As part of a BBC series about entrepreneurs around the world, Jacqueline De Biase, 49, describes how she was inspired to start making her own bikinis at home 30 years ago.
Over the years her company, Salinas Swimwear, has become one of Brazil's leading bikini brands with 45 shops around the country.
Her bikinis have been on covers of magazines like Vogue and Sports Illustrated, and dressed Madonna and Naomi Campbell.
Video by BBC Brazil's Julia Carneiro.