INTERNATIONAL BIKINI DAY….

INTERNATIONAL BIKINI DAY      5 Jul, 2012 

Evolution of bikini and what has made it a favourite with men and women alike.

Today, the bikini turns 66. In its lifetime, the bikini has outlived bellbottoms, baggie pants, polka-dotted shirts and many other fashions 

Here is a piece tracing the evolution of this scanty piece of clothing:

July 1, 1946

America explodes an atom bomb over Bikini Atoll Island, in the Pacific. The tests are widely reported across the world.

July 5, 1946

In a quest to create the world’s shortest swimwear, French automotive engineer, Louis Reard designs the first modern bikini. He names it after the atomic tests conducted 4 days ago. The bikini had a cold reception in the US.

1952

Eighteen-year-old french actress Brigitte Bardot appears in a bikini in the movie Manina. Fashion gurus believe she was largely responsible for popularizing bikinis in the US.

“This bikini made me into a success. As a result of starring in Dr No, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles”, said Ursula Andress, in 2001.

1962

Ursula Andress makes a splash by walking out in a white bikini in the 1962 James Bond movie Dr No. In 2001, the bikini was auctioned for $61,500 at a Christie’s auction.


1987

Bikinis are also credited with giving birth to suntanning and Brazilian waxes. In 1987, a salon called J Sisters opens in Manhattan and popularises Brazilian waxing in the US.

1994

The bikini becomes the official uniform of women’s Olympic volleyball. Teams like Australia opposed the move calling it “exploitative.”

1996

Opposition to the MISS WORLD contest in Bangalore led to shifting of the swimsuit round to Seychelles.

2006

The mankini, a bikini for men, was popularised by Sacha Baron Cohen when he wore it at the Cannes Film Festival. Thankfully, it is nowhere as popular as the bikini.

2012

$13 billion is the size of swimwear industry. Govts across the world (Malaysia, Egypt, Kuwait) have either banned wearing it in public or have spent a lot of time debating a ban.

Even in the western world, bikini-wearing is banned in public places like parks and streets.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIKINI !!

 

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2 Responses to INTERNATIONAL BIKINI DAY….

  1. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Readers,
    Here are some funny quotes on the BIKINI..
    “Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”
    “A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table – There’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s hard to stop thinking about it”
    “A bikini is like a barbed-wire fence. It protects the property without obstructing the view.”
    “A bikini is not a bikini unless it can be pulled through a wedding ring.”
    “Women shop for a bikini with more care than they do a husband. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.”
    KEEP SMILING….
    J S BROCA
    7.7.12

  2. nilouffer says:

    Wow Jatinder,

    What a lot of knowledge sharing in just one page; To think that the Bikini evolved in 1946; outlived all bans and debates created business in Beauty and is still popular with women and inspires them to keep their figures worth wearing the bikini for! May 66 turn to 106 and more; Surprisingly the topless did not have a future so it proves that the bikini truly is suggestive.. Thanks for sharing

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