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Bikini queen Paula Stafford turns 90
The Courier-Mail ^ | June 10, 2010 | Greg Stolz

Posted on 06/11/2010 10:01:18 AM PDT by llevrok

A FRENCHMAN may have officially unveiled the bikini, but it was the Gold Coast's grand dame of fashion, Paula Stafford, who made the two-piece cossie a cheeky Aussie icon.

The "queen of the bikini" celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday with a slap-up party and the launch of her biography, Bikini: The Paula Stafford Story.

French engineer Louis Reard is widely credited with inventing the bikini in 1946.

He named it after Bikini Atoll, the site of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

But it was Mrs Stafford who made Australian beachgoers say "ooh la la" when she launched the bikini on our shores in the early 1950s.

The pioneering Gold Coast fashionista had actually been making and wearing two-piece swimming costumes since she was a teenager in the 1930s, using colourful curtain and furniture fabrics.

Thanks to patronage from well-heeled southerners and visiting celebrities including Sammy Davis Jr, Mrs Stafford's fame spread and she eventually opened a boutique in Sydney.

The modern bikini might be a micro-version of its original self but even at 90, Mrs Stafford is no prude.

"You can't go much briefer with the bikini but I don't think they're too raunchy," she said.

"A bikini is a bikini."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bikini; bikiniatoll

1 posted on 06/11/2010 10:01:18 AM PDT by llevrok
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To: numberonepal

(classic) Hottie Ping


2 posted on 06/11/2010 10:02:11 AM PDT by llevrok (I am a stranger in the country I was born and raised.)
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To: Lazamataz

PING!


3 posted on 06/11/2010 10:03:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: llevrok

This ought to be fun.


4 posted on 06/11/2010 10:03:48 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

5 posted on 06/11/2010 10:04:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Progressed from the Bikini, to the topless Bikini, then the No Bikini Atoll.


6 posted on 06/11/2010 10:05:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: llevrok

I’d hit it.....well back in 1940 - that was when Helen Thomas was in her late fifties.


7 posted on 06/11/2010 10:05:56 AM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: llevrok

God bless this woman!


8 posted on 06/11/2010 10:06:21 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL


9 posted on 06/11/2010 10:08:05 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: andy58-in-nh
"THEN AND NOW: Bikini queen Paula Stafford with model Lisa Haynes wearing one of Paula's designs. Picture: Adam Head Source: The Courier-Mail "


10 posted on 06/11/2010 10:09:18 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: llevrok
You can't go much briefer with the bikini but I don't think they're too raunchy," she said....... Raunch is in the eye of the beholder..... If you need a circus tent sized bikini to cover your butt...It's very raunchy!!
11 posted on 06/11/2010 10:11:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: llevrok

Just don’t post any recent pictures, please.


12 posted on 06/11/2010 10:12:01 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: smokingfrog

To late!....


13 posted on 06/11/2010 10:13:26 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: smokingfrog

too late, ruined it for everyone.


14 posted on 06/11/2010 10:13:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Gravity and time always win...LOL!


15 posted on 06/11/2010 10:14:55 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
MY EYES!! MY EYES!!!!
16 posted on 06/11/2010 10:16:35 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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Apparently she still enjoys wearing them...ENJOY FELLAS! LOL LOL LOL LOL!

17 posted on 06/11/2010 10:17:05 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: a fool in paradise

Beanie & Cecil bump


18 posted on 06/11/2010 10:17:21 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Brad Ellsworth is giving Indiana a twofer.)
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To: Kartographer

Cute little thing!....isn’t she?


19 posted on 06/11/2010 10:18:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Outlaw Woman

Holy crap!......Thanks!...no lunch today!


20 posted on 06/11/2010 10:18:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

LOL! Good One!


21 posted on 06/11/2010 10:21:31 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: Outlaw Woman

MG! It’s The Girl From Niptokneetas


22 posted on 06/11/2010 10:23:04 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the indefensible. A pawn's proudest moment)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Would be about the right age huh? :) lol


23 posted on 06/11/2010 10:25:02 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: a fool in paradise

You know, for some reason, that picture made me think of the first couple of words from the song “Me and Bobby McGee”...


24 posted on 06/11/2010 10:25:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
post needs pictures


25 posted on 06/11/2010 10:26:30 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Outlaw Woman

"I'd hit it. Yep, I betcha I would."
26 posted on 06/11/2010 10:36:15 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: llevrok

27 posted on 06/11/2010 10:41:16 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: StormEye

Good One! lol


28 posted on 06/11/2010 10:43:35 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: llevrok

remeber this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQN0zcGWpcg


29 posted on 06/11/2010 10:50:44 AM PDT by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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