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Fun manicures have been all over Olympians. Bold colors, Olympic pride, patriotism, and all sorts of other themes have been gracing the nails of Olympians, especially swimmers. It turns out that Procter & Gamble, makers of many beauty products, and Sophy Robson have set up a pop-up nail art salon in the Olympic Village. Robson is a celebrity manicurist and works with her “Nail Porn” team to decorate the nails of athletes and guests in the Village, according to Glamour. Up to 18 manicurists are on hand at all times to meet nail art demands. There are over 200 designs to choose from, so it turns out that the following outrageously awesome manicures below are just the tip of the nail polished iceberg.
Since swimmers can’t wear jewelry or makeup, and their swimming outfits are uniforms, nail polish is one of the few ways that members of the swim team can display their personal style. It was on swimmers that the trend of nail art on Olympians was first noticed. It seems like the polish is lasting through the pool’s chlorine, as the expert manicures are still visible when the swimmers make it to the podium. Australian Stephanie Rice matched her bright yellow nails to her swim cap. Her teammate Alicia Coutts chose a marble-like green and gold paint job. U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer has a subdued look (by comparison) with all-white nails and a few spots on one nail.
Patriotism seems to be the main theme in the nail art. U.S. swimmer Allison Schmitt has red and white nails marked with tiny white dots, probably meant to be stars like on the American flag. Her teammate Missy Franklin has red, white, and blue nails. Tiny Union Jacks are on each nail of Rebecca Addington and Francesca Halsall, two U.K. swimmers. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte has a Lithuanian flag on one finger and the flag’s colors on each of her other nails. The Guardian reports that Italy’s Stefania Pirozzi has also shown her pride for her country via her manicure.
The patriotism isn’t just on swimmers’ nails; it spread to archery as well. U.K. archer Amy Oliver and Australian Elisa Barnard showed their national pride on their digits. Tennis player Venus Williams has a red manicure with blue and white stars, plus a gold stripe that may foreshadow her results.
Canadian soccer player Robyn Gayle had her photo snapped by Glamour as her digits got a turquoise paint job. It’s not just Olympians getting their nails done: pop star Lily Allen got her pointed nails painted in bright blue with a Union Jack on her ring finger and the Olympic rings on her thumb.
To see some of the neat designs as they happen, follow the Nail Porn team on Twitter, @nailporn. They’ve already tweeted photos of nail versions of the Chinese flag and a Jamaican twist on the Union Jack (the British flag is painted in the colors of Jamaica’s flag). With the nail art on athletes from all over the world, we’ll see if the trend catches on globally.