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Jen Johnson in the original red unitard (BB8)

The Unitard is a recurring item in Big Brother. It is attire that is usually a form of punishment that a houseguest can receive as a result of a Power of Veto competition (and in some cases a Head of Household competition). The House Guest that wins it will usually have it wear it for the remaining duration of the week. The Red Unitard was used in seasons 8 through 10, and a different version has appeared in every subsequent season.

History

Big Brother 8

The Unitard made its first appearance in Big Brother 8 where it was won by Jen Johnson where it was won as a result of the Cutthroat Christmas Power of Veto competition.

Big Brother 9

The unitard was won by Sheila Kennedy in the Power of Veto competition, Color of Veto.

Big Brother 10

The unitard was won by Michelle Costa in the Power of Veto competition, Slap Shot.

Big Brother 11

This is the first variation of the unitard. This unitard featured oversized goggles, a black cape, and gold shorts with "Captain Unitard" written across the front of the top. It was won by Lydia Tavera.

Big Brother 12

This was the second variaton of the unitard, which was tie-dyed and dubbed the "hippietard". It was won by Kristen Bitting in the Power of Veto competition, The Wizards of Pinball.

Big Brother 13

This is the third variation of the unitard, which was green, donned with a pink tutu, a dunce cap, and had "I'm with stupid" written on the front. It was called the "humilitard" and it was won by Jordan Lloyd in the Power of Veto competition Big Brother Cornhole.

Big Brother 14

The fourth variation was won by Frank Eudy in the Week 4 Power of Veto competition. This one was purple with "BBU" written on the front and donned with a blue and white skirt. It was called the "spiritard". 

Big Brother 15

Candice Stewart was given a clown unitard, or "clownitard," to wear as a punishment after the Week 6 Power of Veto competition.

Big Brother 16

Nicole Franzel was given a "Germitard" after winning it in the Week 4 Veto competition. The Germitard was a German folk costume, and came with a large sausage attached to a pitchfork.

Big Brother 17

Jackie Ibarra was given a "Knight in Shining Armortard" after winning it in the Week 6 Veto competition. The Knight in Shining Armortard was a silver unitard with a helmet, knight armor and a shield, it also came with Vanessa Rousso becoming her "squire" and being shackled together for the next 24 hours cleaning Jackie's shield, armor and helmet. After the 24 hours were up, Vanessa was allowed to remove the squire costume, but Jackie had to continue to wear the armor for the rest of the week.

Big Brother 18

Nicole Franzel was given a Super Safety Costume after winning it in America's Care Package, along with immunity for the week. The SSC is made up of an orange unitard with a yellow cape, and a traffic cone hat, along with some reflective tape that can light up.

In honor of the election year, Corey Brooks was forced to wear an American flag-themed unitard dubbed the "partiotard" in the Week 8 Veto competition.

Trivia

  • Since the tenth season, the Veto competition, in which this punishment is earned, has alternated between weeks 4 and 6, until Big Brother 18 where it appeared in Week 8 in correlation with Zingbot's annual appearance.
  • In the case of Big Brother 11, it was likely that the HOH competition featuring the unitard was originally meant to be played as a Veto competition.
  • Frank Eudy was the first male the don the unitard. He would later be followed by Corey Brooks in Big Brother 18.
    • Coincidentally, Frank had also participated in that season, but had already been evicted before the competition.
  • Lydia Tavera, Kristen Bitting and Candice Stewart are the only people to be evicted while wearing the unitard.
  • Kristen Bitting is the only person to have worn the unitard and not make the jury.
  • Jordan Lloyd and Nicole Franzel are the only returning HouseGuests to wear the unitard; they wore it during their second seasons, Big Brother 13 and Big Brother 18.
    • Nicole is also the only HouseGuest to have worn the unitard twice, as she wore it on her original season as well, Big Brother 16.
  • Big Brother 18 is the first season to have had 2 contestants wearing unitards at the same time, being Nicole and Corey. Coincidentally, those 2 were in a showmance during the season.
    • If you count Frank, Big Brother 18 is the first season to have had 3 different contestants wearing unitards at any point in their Big Brother careers.
  • Nicole Franzel is the first and only person who has worn the unitard and made it to the final two in the season in which she wore the unitard, in which she went on to win the game.

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