Monday, July 5, marks the 75th birthday of the two-piece swimsuit set, known as the bikini, which debuted on this day back in 1946.
Its creator was the French automobile engineer and designer Louis Reard, with a stripper named Micheline Bernardini being the first woman to wear it because no professional model had the courage to do so in public.
Reard knew that his creation would make a huge impact and named it after Bikini Atoll, where the world’s first nuclear disaster took place.
Micheline Bernardini posa en bikini en 1946
Seventy five years have passed but the bikini is still more fashionable than ever. Since its creation, it has been worn by millions of women but some of them have made a bigger impact on the public by wearing a bikini.
Marilin Monroe, en bikini en una sesi髇 de fotos de 1946
One of those who first signed up for bikini fashion was Marilyn Monroe, as the American actress starred in several photoshoots dressed in the swimsuit.
Brigitte Bardot, en el Festival de Cannes de 1953
In 1953, actress Brigitte Bardot caused a real revolution at the Cannes Film Festival by posing in a bikini with a floral print design.
But bikini madness exploded in the early 1960s and it was the cinema that helped exploit the phenomenon.
Ursula Andress, en bikini en la pel韈ula ‘James Bond y el Doctor No’
In 1962, Ursula Andress starred in one of the most iconic scenes in film history when she came out of the water during the James Bond film ‘Doctor No’ wearing a spectacular bikini.
Halle Berry, en ‘Muere otro d韆’ de James Bond
In the 2002 James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, actress Halle Berry wore a bikini similar to the one which Andress made famous four decades before.
Bo Derek, protagonista de una portada de ‘Playboy’
Another woman who helped make the bikini popular back in the 1980s was Bo Derek, who starred in the move ’10’. The American actress and model featured in the cover of an unforgettable issue of the magazine ‘Playboy’.