Debunking the Tulsi Gabbard Bikini Rumors: How Sexism in Politics Harms Women

The Bikini Myths About Tulsi Gabbard Exposed!

Former member of the U.S. Progressive on foreign policy and civil freedoms, this representative and Democratic presidential contender is well-known for her ideas. She has been the focus of gossip and controversy on numerous occasions, with one of the most pervasive allegations being that she posed for a picture session wearing only a bikini.

This article will investigate this urban legend and present its findings. We’ll talk about how damaging rumors like these can be for women in public office and how they change the electoral environment.

Where Did This Rumor Come From?

In 2015, while Tulsi Gabbard was still a rising figure in the Democratic Party, rumors began circulating about her appearing in a bikini. Around the time, a photo of a lady in a bikini who resembled Tulsi Gabbard began making the rounds on social media. The shot was accompanied by a text implying that it was stolen from one of her photo shoots.

The image rapidly gained widespread attention, with many individuals insisting it was Tulsi Gabbard all along. It was then discovered that the woman in the photo was actually a model who merely looked like Tulsi Gabbard. The model herself tweeted confirmation of this, claiming that she appreciated the compliment but was not actually Tulsi Gabbard.

The Negative Effects of Such Lies

Women in the public eye are especially vulnerable to negative rumors, especially those that focus on their beauty or sexuality. They can be used to cast doubt on their integrity and reputation, and they can deter other women from pursuing public careers for fear of facing the same treatment.

Tulsi Gabbard’s identification as a woman of color and a Hindu was at the center of many of the attacks she faced, including the bikini myth. Her patriotism was questioned since she opposed U.S. military engagement in the Middle East, and she was the target of frequent racist and Bigoted comments.

Why It’s So Crucial to Counter Misinformation

It’s vital that we name and shame people who propagate harmful rumors about public figures who happen to be women. Fact-checking and exposing misleading assertions is one way to do this, as is questioning the sexist and racist beliefs that fuel them.

Many quickly flocked to Tulsi Gabbard’s rescue and helped get the facts about the bikini photo out there. This helped to protect her reputation and lessen the impact of the gossip.


Tulsi Gabbard and other women in public life were hurt by the untrue notion that she posed for a photo shoot in a bikini. Fighting such rumors and challenging the beliefs that give rise to them is crucial.

We hope this essay has been informative and contributes to a political dialogue that is more open and welcoming.


Tulsi Gabbard: Has she ever wear a bikini?

There is no proof to back up that assertion. Tulsi Gabbard’s likeness was spotted in the swimsuit photo that went viral.

Why do comments about women’s bodies and sexuality continue to circulate in political discourse?

Persistent rumors about prominent women serve to weaken their credibility and deter other women from pursuing careers in politics.

How can we stop the spread of falsehoods about women in government?

Fact-checking and debunking false assertions, as well as confronting the underlying sexist and racist attitudes that give rise to them, are effective tools in the fight against rumors about women in politics.

What effect did Tulsi Gabbard’s bikini rumor have on her career?

Tulsi Gabbard’s identity as a woman of color and a Hindu has been under attack, and the bikini story was only one example. It was meant to discredit her and divert attention away from her policy stances. The damage to her reputation, however, was mitigated by the large number of people who rallied to her rescue and helped to spread the truth about the myth.

How can we help public figures’ wives who are the subject of rumors?

Women in public life who are the subject of rumor may count on our support if we speak out against sexism and racism, work to make politics more welcoming and respectful of all perspectives, and raise awareness about the contributions made by women in public life. So that there is more diversity and representation in our political institutions, we may also encourage more women to run for office and take part in public life.

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About the Author: Leah Harper

Leah Harper is the global technology editor for Daily Mid Time, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World. He writes about topics ranging from new products and services from tech giants to the startup economy to how artificial intelligence and other breakthroughs are changing life at work, home, and beyond.