Credit: Mathieu Young/The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Kayla Prepares for the Photo Shoot on Episode 15.2

Every woman’s fashion arsenal has that one go-to gun: the Little Black Dress. Hack off a few yards of fabric and you’re left with every model’s number one weapon: the Little Black Bikini. We saw the Top Models turn it out for the casting panel last week in their store-bought swimwear, but this week’s photo shoot went back to the basics. The simplicity of the little black bikini (LBB), normally adept at showing off a model’s features, highlighted the painted words on the models’ bodies. Unless you’re looking for some truly funky tan lines, we’re guessing you’re wearing a black bikini without your angsty nickname plastered to your appendages. And in that case, we recommend you look for suits that create visual interest in other ways: embellishments, unique cuts, sexy straps or metallic trims. Check out our picks for the piecing together the perfect LBB.

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