Just in case you thought 2020 could not get any weirder, the 79-year-old head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is about to have his name emblazoned on women's underwear.
According to the New York Post, the clothing brand responsible for this bizarre piece of fanwear is Canava, which describes itself as a "profit-for-purpose" brand. The retailer announced the line — which also includes underwear celebrating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — on its Instagram account.
According to Canava, Fauci, Newsom, and Cuomo constitute a "dream team" that the company wanted to honor. The company promises in the post to match "dollar for dollar" any purchases of the underwear with a donation to health care workers in New York City and California.
The advertisement for the Fauci zuma bikini notes the obvious, which is that "Anthony Fauci may be an unlikely sex symbol," but states that "we are living in unlikely times, and we heard you loud and clear that you wanted to show their 'appreciation' with more than a thank you. Viola Fauci bikinis."
The NY Post notes that the company's advertisement for the Cuomo-branded undies states that they are perfect for anyone who is "thirsty" for the governor.
The company proudly notes of its products that they are sustainably manufactured: "Nearshore cotton from Colombia and the United States that is then spun and knitted in Medellin, Colombia. The fabric is dyed in Medellin with a partner that has both water reclamation and recycling programs to offset their environmental impact. Both vendors have robust recycling programs for waste."
Canava's underwear is just the latest (and perhaps most bizarre) product to celebrate Fauci. A cottage industry of pro-Fauci merchandise — including prayer candles, masks, and T-shirts — has sprung up since Fauci became the public face of the Trump administration's coronavirus response.