The 10 Most Iconic Bikinis In History
Julie Gerstein / July 8, 2011
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This week, the bikini -- the venerable invention of Parisian automobile engineer Louis Réard -- turned 65. Réard created the bikini after learning that another French designer had crafted a similarly scanty bathing suit, and named it after the Bikini Atoll, the area where the United States had recently conducted nuclear tests. Heaping scandal upon scandal, Réard had burlesque performer Micheline BernadiniIn model the newsprint patterned two-piece -- the back of it was a G-string. You can imagine how well that went over in polite Parisian society. In honor of the bikini's official senior citizen status, we've taken a look back at some of the most iconic bikinis throughout history.