Friday, July 5, 2013

National Bikini Day

July 5th has been recognized as National Bikini Day.  For the curious, here are some facts about this swimsuit:

1.  It was first designed by Louis Reard, and named after an atoll where atomic testing had taken place.  Actually, the original one was rather unattractive.

2.  French Actress Brigitte Bardot gave it significant exposure at Cannes in 1953.

3.  In 1960, a novelty song "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" caused sales to soar,

4.  A Pope came out against the bikini after a contestant, Kiki Hakansson, wore one at a Miss World competition.  The bikini made no further appearances.

5.  This dental floss-style was developed by model Rose De Primallio.

6.  Florida banned thong bikinis from its beaches in 1990.

7.  The string bikini has become the most common style nowadays.

8.  Irish women tend to wear the least brief bikinis.


Mike said...

I think for a dip in the Irish Sea the Irish girls may wear fur coats.

TexWisGirl said...

ms. bardotte had such gorgeous long legs! you go, ms. bikini!

MarkD60 said...

Yes but who wears the skimpiest?

Meredith said...

Brigitte Bardot was the classical bikini girl.

Do you wear one, Angel? What kind?

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Long live the bikini. May it be as brief as possible!

Randomly Rachel said...

I enjoy the freedom of a bikini, though sometimes there might be worry about the top slipping. I never lost it though. Thank the Lord!

Bilbo said...

My father always used to say that bikinis (or female bathing suits in general) should adhere to the Picket Fence Rule: they should protect the property, but not obstruct the view. Dad is a smart man.