The swimsuit, a collaboration between athletic apparel company Adidas and irreverent fashion label Praying, features the words "Father" and "Son" on each side of the bikini top and "Holy Spirit" on the bikini bottom.
Rae posted a photo of herself posing in the swimsuit in a since-deleted Instagram post, seen below, that immediately created a fiery backlash as devout Christians excoriated the influencer for supposed blasphemy.
Rae's photo only featured the top of the bikini, but that was plenty to outrage Christians. The comments below the post immediately filled up with angry comments calling the swimsuit "messed up" and "disrespectful."
One person wrote:
“Nah this disrespectful to Jesus. Sad what y’all do for money"
Another was far more pointed in their outrage.
“This is not okay! BLASPHEMY!”
Another asked why others weren't outraged.
“Is nobody gonna talk about this disrespecting religions?"
Many Christians made claims of religious persecution in their criticisms of the bikini.
Rae—an actor who appeared in Netflix's He's All That a gender-swapped remake of 90s teen movie She's All That—is among the top five most followed accounts on TikTok with 88 million followers and another 40 million on Instagram.
So her supposedly blasphemous photo reached enough eyes to continue the controversy long after she deleted it, and now Praying has been targeted by Christians too.
Though they didn't share Rae's photo, their Instagram features a photo of singer Christina Aguilera in the French version of the bikini as well as other models in the French and English versions.
The comments have filled up with the outraged praying for the brand's demise.
One such comment read:
"We rebuke this page in Jesus name!"
Hopefully Jesus has better things to do, but time will tell.
On Twitter most people found the whole thing a bit ridiculous and hypocritical.
At least in Praying's case, the Christians' outrage has not seemed to make much impact.
Despite calls for the swimsuit to be removed from Praying's product line, it is still live on their website.