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The Bikini Turns 63 (Bikini Pics!)

12. July 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

This month marks the 63rd anniversary of the introduction of the modern bikini. Though women in ancient Greece and Rome wore two-piece, bikini-like garments, the bikini as we know it did not appear until 1946.

Louis Réard, engineer and manager of a lingerie boutique in Paris, is credited with inventing the modern bikini. He hired an exotic dancer to wear his bikini design at a public pool (no other woman would agree to wear it) and the garment debuted on July 5, 1946 (picture on right). Men, in particular, loved the bikini and business at Réard’s boutique soared. Réard named the bikini after Bikini Island, the site of nuclear testing, because he believed the controversy and excitement ignited by his new swimwear would be as explosive as the island’s nuclear device. 

Despite the bikini’s initial success in France, it took several years for the swimwear to gain worldwide acceptance. The 1960s saw a rapid rise in the popularity of bikinis, thanks in part to their appearance in various movies, television shows, and magazines. Playboy first featured a bikini on its cover in 1962 and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, with bikinis, debuted in 1964.     

As a trip to any beach or swimming pool will reveal, mainstream society has embraced the bikini and the garment lost its controversial edge long ago. In the spirit of the bikini’s anniversary, here are a few beauties from HotRussianBrides wearing the sexy, two-piece garment. Also, be sure to check out our Sexy Russian Swimsuit and Bikini Photo Gallery!