Too Hot for the Water Park? The RFT Swimsuit Issue

Too Hot for the Water Park? The RFT Swimsuit Issue
Steve Truesdell
Shore thang: Would this siren in a two-piece wreck your day at Raging Rivers? The Grafton water park reserves the right to eject customers dressed in “provocative” bathing suits.

We tried. We wanted to bring Madelyn Sheaffer to St. Louis for an all-expenses-paid tour of our fabulous swimming pools and water parks. Of course, there would be a catch. The 43-year-old mother would have to bring along her famous bikini -- the revealing black-and-white one that got her kicked out of a water park in western Missouri. And she'd have to let us photograph her. That would be a given.

We wanted to answer the question: Was the full-figured Sheaffer also too hot for St. Louis water parks?

"Man, that would have been nice!" came Sheaffer's response. " But I am in Maui and intend to stay here. I know my swimsuit won't be a problem here!"

“Appropriate body coverage must be maintained at all times,” reads the guidelines for Ballwin’s North Pointe Family Aquatic Center. We see nothing inappropriate in Rachel’s frilly, white string-bikini. Do you?
Steve Truesdell
“Appropriate body coverage must be maintained at all times,” reads the guidelines for Ballwin’s North Pointe Family Aquatic Center. We see nothing inappropriate in Rachel’s frilly, white string-bikini. Do you?
Adults aren’t supposed to “lounge” in Citygarden’s splash pool, so Rachel must frolic instead in the park’s spray plaza. It is open to all — even dogs.
Steve Truesdell
Adults aren’t supposed to “lounge” in Citygarden’s splash pool, so Rachel must frolic instead in the park’s spray plaza. It is open to all — even dogs.
Hoosier daddy? Fenton’s Springdale Park & Pool adheres to a strict dress policy: No cutoffs and no thongs. A purple bikini, size 34-DD? Nothing in the rules against that!
Steve Truesdell
Hoosier daddy? Fenton’s Springdale Park & Pool adheres to a strict dress policy: No cutoffs and no thongs. A purple bikini, size 34-DD? Nothing in the rules against that!
Rachel’s previous RFT appearance.
Jennifer Silverberg
Rachel’s previous RFT appearance.

That's right, folks. The bod that garnered international headlines just weeks ago has busted out of the Show-Me State and moved to the islands.

"I've been a Missouri girl all my life," Sheaffer explains. "But there is a sort of oppression there that you don't find in a lot of parts of the world. To be kicked out of a water park for wearing a swimming suit? That is sort of a Midwestern thing."

Or is it?

With Sheaffer unable to assist us, we recruited the next best woman for the job — St. Louis model and dancer Rachel Gunn. Savvy RFT readers may recognize Gunn as the cover girl for our 2008 feature story on cougars (the female, not the feline, kind). We dressed up the ample Gunn in a half-dozen bikinis and dropped her in front of a few of the area's most popular summer oases -- Raging Rivers in Grafton, Illinois, Citygarden, Fenton's Springdale Park & Pool and the North Pointe Family Aquatic Center in Ballwin.

So whaddya say, St. Louis? Is this Gunn packing too much heat for the water park? Or is there such a thing?

But wait! There's more!

We want your pool pics! Send us images of you (or your friends) at the local pool, and we'll post 'em online with the question: "Too hot for the water park?" Winners of our male, female and couples competitions will win a fabulous prize (to be determined). E-mail your photos (at least 560 pixels wide) to letters@riverfronttimes.com.

See Also: Inside the RFT 2013 Swimsuit Issue

 
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kipar
kipar

Ummm...the bikinis on your model are a lot better fitting up top than the one that got that other lady kicked out. Maybe you should send her some shopping tips.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me

Funny that the same people who think it is OK for a woman to flaunt her tits at a water park are the same people offended by the word "nigger".

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

Perhaps if the dreaded art critic, blistered by the St. Louis media (I cant find your aticle) in defense of art St. Louis) had spend time with her, he would have left more relaxed and with a positive impression of  St. Louis.  Did Kitty Ratcliffe show him the damaged  Trovas-what those who run Laumeier have done to those works? The neglected & abused Soldiers Memorial, its walkways and  Plaza? Did Wilson see pictures of Kiel convention hall, assembly halls & exhibition halls-art of itself which exhibited art over its 6 decades. Did he see what has replaced it? The Arena?  Bet they passed up the Dome.  Did he see the wall built around King Louie in front of the Art MUSEUM telling the people this city, this park this museum are no longer theirs? Did he pay to park? What is the parking rate in the garage? Did she give him a list of the art and historic assets St. Louis, and now St. Louis County, have destroyed, are destroying and will destroy?

CatBlade
CatBlade

Doesn't surprise me. About ten years ago I was reprimanded at an O'Fallon MO YMCA for wearing a plain, full sized (no belly showing, no cleavage, nothing) tank top (with sports bra on underneath of course) while exercising. The manager pulled me off the treadmill and made me put on a YMCA T-shirt. She said, "This is a family place, not a Bally's."

In these here parts, women folk best exercise wearin' TWO shirts! Hyuck hyuck...

Lmfao

kangoids
kangoids topcommenter

Chris, your comment is ten times as good as the article itself.

Don't drive until the drugs wear off, OK?

PhotoshopForTheLoss
PhotoshopForTheLoss

Pretty clearly photo-shopped pics.  So one woman gets an mostly expense paid trip and the other you don't even bother driving around town?  lame.

chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

This is a great article, and I commend Sheaffer and "jeer" the water park that ejected her. Her new endeavor in Maui is going to be great. This whole summer affair reminds me of the summer I ate nothing but blueberry popsicles for 3 weeks straight. When you're that age and no one is really paying attention to you or your brothers, you can get away with eating pretty much anything you want. My parents never being home, I just ate blueberry popsicles. I'm talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Because we owned a grocery store, I knew that on Tuesdays the shipment would be in, and at least one box would "fall off the truck," so to speak. Now that I think about it, that was probably my first foray into organized crime. Anyway, I sucked on blueberry popsicles for 3 glorious weeks that summer, just sucking and rolling them around in my mouth, gnawing them right down to the wooden stick, which I'd keep as some sort of blue-stained trophy. Just in and out of my mouth non-stop. In and right back out. But you can't get the juice stains out of those popsicle sticks, though. Oh, believe me: I've tried. Man, I would scrub and scrub those sticks until my knuckles were bleeding and they never got clean. I'm getting angry just thinking about it. That blueberry popsicle juice just staining everything. Just ruining everything. Just all shitted out and useless like some dead whore. You could scrub and scrub and nothing is motherfucking clean. I would soak them in bleach and run a Chore Boy over them and they WOULD. NOT. GET. FUCKING. CLEAN. Nothing is clean. My stomach churns and I'm having an anxiety attack just thinking about it. I want to take every popsicle stick stained with its own juices and set it on fire. If I ever see a popsicle stick again I swear to sweet Christ I am going to fucking destroy everyone ever associated with its production. I would rather experience the long deep river of blue shit that came out of my body after eating nothing but popsicles for 3 weeks than to ever see a popsicle stick stained with its own juices ever again. Mother of fucking god is there anything that can make me clean again. Anyway, great article! Look forward to hearing about Sheaffer's bold new life in Hawaii. Aloha, as they say! LOL

rebecca.smith
rebecca.smith

@ut_4_me There is absolutely no connection between the two.  Well, apparently there is to you, but you clearly have a crude mind!

CatBlade
CatBlade

Terrible logic.

"Nigger" implies hatred.

A woman in a bikini does not imply hatred.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me

@CatBlade That has definitely changed in the past ten years at the O'Fallon Y.


nekros111
nekros111

@CatBlade It implies "come and f**k me, fill my c**t with your hot sperm".

ut_4_me
ut_4_me

@CatBlade Nigger is a word.  Period.  If a black person calls another black person a "nigger" does that imply hatred?  

CatBlade
CatBlade

I've since moved to west county - so I'll take your word for it. ;-)

CatBlade
CatBlade

But I'm done giving you attention now. It's clear you're either just a troll or one of the umpteenth Missouri racists who doesn't leave his/her home and has nothing better to do than spread some kind of bigot-loving agenda across the websites of St. Louis' periodicals.

CatBlade
CatBlade

I've turned around waiting in line at the store and asked black teens to stop saying it, gesturing that there are children also waiting in line. It's antagonistic and inappropriate. It's derogatory. It's as offensive as saying "fuck" right out in public. I don't care which mouth it comes out of.

What disgusts me more than having to lecture black teens not to say it around myself and other families, is having to listen to closet racists try to justify being able to use it in order to satisfy their bigoted agenda. Weak.

Edit: I'd rather children see a woman in a bikini, or even nude, than learn it's totally OK to behave like a jackass.

 
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