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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIKINI: 65 Years In The Life Of The Two-Piece
Business Insider ^ | 7/05/11 | Simone Foxman

Posted on 07/07/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT by Libloather

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIKINI: 65 Years In The Life Of The Two-Piece
Simone Foxman | Jul. 5, 2011, 5:31 PM

From ridicule to ubiquity, the bikini has come a long way over the past 65 years.

It was on this date in 1946 that French fashion designer Louis Réard hired a nude dancer to sport his two-piece creation after the runway models he approached refused to wear it.

But despite provoking controversy -- centering around everything from morality to skin cancer to liposuction -- it is clear that the teenie weenie suit is here to stay.

Click here to see the most iconic moments in the history of the bikini >

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The first modern bikini made its debut on July 5, 1946, at the Piscine Molitor in Paris. Designer Louis Réard couldn't find a model to wear his suit, so he ended up hiring nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to sport his design.

1 posted on 07/07/2011 2:59:21 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Sweet.


2 posted on 07/07/2011 3:04:51 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

She appears to be holding a testicle lock-box.


3 posted on 07/07/2011 3:04:59 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Libloather; Lazamataz

I believe the bikini got its name from Bikini Atoll, a small island upon which the US government was testing the then-new hydrogen fusion bomb which outdid the older plutonium and uranium fission bombs by a factor of ten or more. Maybe this garment was reputed to make the girl look as hot as the fireball generated by this bomb? The “nude dancer” in the photo doesn’t look all that hot in the new bikini, though. Looks like she’s showing much wear and tear.


4 posted on 07/07/2011 3:07:00 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Fightin Whitey

To think French models were so prudish in that day. All I see is a homemade looking bra and loincloth. How far the West has fallen.


5 posted on 07/07/2011 3:08:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

But she is wearing stripper shoes!


6 posted on 07/07/2011 3:18:06 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6

Which might look sexy on an actual stripper — but illogical for a beach chick.


7 posted on 07/07/2011 3:19:47 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Libloather
>>> The first modern bikini.

But fashion designers are just copycats.

Mosaic on a floor of the Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily. Circa 300 AD.

Venus in a Bikini. Statue recovered in Pompeii.

But I do notice ancient Romans seemed to have a better handle on the problem of cellulite.

8 posted on 07/07/2011 3:22:32 AM PDT by tlb
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bikini atoll and the slight pun on “bi” for two part, as opposed to the monokini. If I have to choose ....


9 posted on 07/07/2011 3:34:21 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Fightin Whitey
She appears to be holding a testicle lock-box.

L.O.L. "I got you now!"

10 posted on 07/07/2011 3:34:50 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Lovers ARE fighters)
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To: tlb

You did your home work well,history is a wonderful tool.


11 posted on 07/07/2011 3:35:02 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I remember seeing a girls in butt-thongs at a public beach about twenty years ago. Those things sure went out like a light.


12 posted on 07/07/2011 3:35:43 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I remember seeing a girls in butt-thongs at a public beach about twenty years ago. Those things sure went out like a light.


13 posted on 07/07/2011 3:35:57 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Perdogg

I’m going to bookmark this topic for my ongoing sociological study. Thanks Libloather.

:’)


14 posted on 07/07/2011 3:37:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Libloather

An excellent move on Monsieur Réards’ part....(golf clap)


15 posted on 07/07/2011 3:43:59 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: SunkenCiv
No prob. LeAnn Rimes just a few days ago -


16 posted on 07/07/2011 3:46:19 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: SunkenCiv

a thread of historical significance


17 posted on 07/07/2011 3:46:39 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: SunkenCiv

My late father was at two of the Bikini Island nuclear tests as a member of the US Navy. He told me they placed animals on target ships, both on deck and below. The bombs were detonated a distance away. Once the cloud lifted enough for them to navigate, they went right out to the ships to check the results. My Dad used to tell me he and his shipmates tingled for weeks even though they were ordered to scrub when they got back. I’m pretty sure this was done in 1946/47. Unbelievable but true!


18 posted on 07/07/2011 3:48:10 AM PDT by cumbo78
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To: the invisib1e hand

“I got you now!”

The TRUE invisible hand!

lol...


19 posted on 07/07/2011 3:54:38 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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One of my favs - Elizabeth Hurley -


20 posted on 07/07/2011 3:55:23 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini
21 posted on 07/07/2011 4:02:16 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: Libloather
65 Years In The Life Of The Two-Piece

The bikini was not the first two piece swimsuit. The bikini was new in that the bottom was smaller than on previous swimsuits.

22 posted on 07/07/2011 4:10:49 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: cumbo78

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq76-1.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossroads
“”Operation Crossroads was a series of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. Its purpose was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on naval ships. The series consisted of two detonations, each with a yield of 23 kilotons:

Able was detonated at an altitude of 520 feet (158 m) on July 1, 1946; Baker was detonated 90 feet (27 m) underwater on July 25, 1946. A third burst, Charlie, planned for 1947, was canceled primarily because of the Navy’s inability to decontaminate the target ships after the Baker test...

The Crossroads tests were the fourth and fifth nuclear explosions conducted by the United States (following the Trinity test and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki)...
“”


23 posted on 07/07/2011 4:35:26 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Vaduz

Some liberty was taken by the artists, or else the two ball players are men who thought they needed a sweat band around their chests.


24 posted on 07/07/2011 4:46:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Fightin Whitey

One would wonder about that cube. If she was a naked dancer in strip teases, maybe that’s where patrons would put money.


25 posted on 07/07/2011 4:49:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Libloather

Ursula Andress in Dr. No....BEST bikini shot ever....


26 posted on 07/07/2011 4:56:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: cumbo78
Which came first? The Chicken or the egg?

One of the tests at Operation Crossroads in 1946 at Bikini. I was on the opposite side of the globe at the time, though later served aboad ships which took part in the operation.

27 posted on 07/07/2011 4:56:26 AM PDT by Eastbound (3-7-77)
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To: Fightin Whitey

That rumble you feel is Adam Smith rolling over.


28 posted on 07/07/2011 5:02:55 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Lovers ARE fighters)
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To: Eastbound
I believe that the atomic tests done in 1946 essentially used improved versions of the Fat Man plutonium-implosion bomb.

One of the projects during the late 1940's to early 1950's was to drastically reduce the size and weight of the 20 kT plutonium implosion device so it could be carried by smaller planes. Indeed, by the time of the Mike test of the first thermonuclear bomb, a 20 kT plutonium bomb was small enough that the B-47 could carry (I believe) four of these new, very small fission-type nuclear bombs.

But getting back on topic, the designer of the first bikini swim suit really did have a hard time trying to find a model to show off the new creation--no "regular" model wanted to wear one. It took a performer from the Folies Bergeré to finally get someone to model it.

29 posted on 07/07/2011 5:20:14 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Libloather
Happy Birthday!


30 posted on 07/07/2011 5:24:28 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Libloather

If Helen Thomas shows up on this thread, somebody’s going to pay.


31 posted on 07/07/2011 5:26:44 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Erik Latranyi

Oof! Simply delightful, thank you Erik Latranyi!


32 posted on 07/07/2011 6:22:21 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

At least they went out of public view. But you can still catch a glimpse of the “whale tail” when they bend over in their jeans.


33 posted on 07/07/2011 6:26:48 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Stosh

” If Helen Thomas shows up on this thread, somebody’s going to pay. “

That’s a heavy-duty sense of dread lurking around your psyche. It’s not good for either of us! Did you, by any chance, sneak into your girlfriend’s room to lose your virginity one dark night, only to discover your grandmother in her place? A thing like that could stunt your growth, you know!


34 posted on 07/07/2011 6:39:32 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: the invisib1e hand

Ha!

Great line.

(There just might be a reason that Mr. Smith never married...)


35 posted on 07/07/2011 7:09:17 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Libloather
Has there ever been a more memorable one?:


36 posted on 07/07/2011 9:01:09 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Government borrowing is Taxation without Representation)
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To: numberonepal; Libloather
Yo


37 posted on 07/07/2011 9:33:01 AM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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38 posted on 07/07/2011 10:13:41 AM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/Cain 2012)
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To: tet68

This thread is relevant to my interests and this is not a bookmark for later...........


39 posted on 07/07/2011 10:33:12 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Fightin Whitey

LOL


40 posted on 07/07/2011 10:39:31 AM PDT by b4its2late ("Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8")
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To: Libloather

I knew I wouldn’t regret clicking on this thread.


41 posted on 07/07/2011 10:42:55 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Libloather
This thread needs more pics:
42 posted on 07/07/2011 10:44:18 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: GenXteacher
And another:
43 posted on 07/07/2011 10:48:09 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Libloather

BOOKMARK!!!


44 posted on 07/07/2011 11:00:04 AM PDT by acad1228 (Palin/Watts in 2012!!!)
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To: GenXteacher
And one more:
45 posted on 07/07/2011 11:02:52 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Eastbound
Which came first? The Chicken or the egg?

The rooster?

46 posted on 07/07/2011 11:03:41 AM PDT by N. Theknow (POTUS Fauxbama (Poseur of the United States))
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47 posted on 07/07/2011 11:04:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: GenXteacher
Okie Dokie


48 posted on 07/07/2011 11:05:47 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: tlb

Venus has man feet.


49 posted on 07/07/2011 11:07:30 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Libloather

That is, without doubt, the best foto of her I’ve ever seen.


50 posted on 07/07/2011 11:08:55 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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