When we live in the era of bikini freedom

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When we live in the era of bikini freedom, even as conservative Asian girls, bikinis are not Whatever avant-garde things, whether you love to wear it or not, you still appreciate it when you see someone who looks good. Summer is coming again, mentally prepared for a seaside vacation, is the body ready for bikinis? It doesn’t really matter if you are fat. According to the current trend, whoever dares to argue that”women must be thin for beauty” will probably be thrown into the fire and burned to death. Bikini, a swimsuit form suitable for almost everyone, has its own wonderful story in the history of fashion. Serious archaeologists have found traces of humans wearing bikini-like swimsuits for the first time in some works of art in ancient Rome. But when swimsuits will appear in human society, we have to talk about it from the beginning of the 20th century.

The story that belongs to Bikini, wait until after World War II…

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Before the birth of bikini

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Before bikinis are standard on the beach, the birth and popularity of swimwear must be a prerequisite, which of course has a lot to do with the awakening of feminism. But we say too much feminism, and we are all dry-mouthed, and we don’t want to say more. In 1900, at the beginning of the 20th century, women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time. Before this, only male athletes participated in the Olympics. And swimming has always been a traditional event in the Olympics. Unlike men, women in 1900 also need to wear one-piece”swimsuits” that are no different from daily life, and almost barely participate in the competition.

It wasn’t until 13 years later, in 1913, that a man named Carl Jantzen cut off the one-piece swimsuit because of the improvement of exercise efficiency— The split swimsuit is truly on the stage of history.

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but the points The swimsuit is still quite conservative, and you can’t see the shadow of the bikini at all. The upper body is almost always a conservative camisole, and the neckline is also raised very high. Even the upper body has a style similar to a short skirt. The lower body is paired with a pair of shorts that looks very everyday, and still wraps the body tightly.

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but With the change of time, the long waistcoat and long skirt of the upper body are gradually shortening, and the neckline is slowly walking down. Women boldly exposed their shoulders on the beach. Such swimsuits began to have the femininity and elegance of women, but there was still a long distance from the sexyness of bikinis. In such an elegant swimsuit, humans have spent decades in peace and stability.

Finally in 1946, the first bikini was born.

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An engineer’s beach dream

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Louis Réard and bikini

The person who designed the bikini is Louis Réard, a French automotive engineer.

In 1940, he quit his job as an engineer and took over his mother’s underwear store, and has since become a clothing designer. Do not make cars, do underwear, this professional conversion is a bit too big. But we have no way of knowing his psychology at the time. In short, fortunately, he became a clothing designer and designed a bikini. Today, he still has a place on Wikipedia.

In May 1946, a serious clothing designer named Jacques Heim launched the so-called”the smallest swimsuit in the world.” The smallest swimsuit in the world, the waistline is just right to cover the navel. He named the swimsuit”Atome”.

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Louis Réard soon counterattacked this”the world’s smallest swimsuit”. He only used four triangles to complete the design of the swimsuit and only used 1.9 square meters of fabric .

At the time, no serious model was willing to wear and display his new work for Louis Réard. Frustrated, he could only find the stripper, Micheline Bernardini, who was only 19 years old. On July 5, 1946, Louis Réard appeared in the famous swimming pool Piscine Molitor in Paris with his new swimsuit and stripper wearing this swimsuit. This swimsuit that subverted everyone’s visual sense caused a great sensation at the time, and Micheline Bernardini also won countless fans for this inter-era display, and once received 50,000 fan letters.

Louis Réard also defines bikinis later,

“If you can’t get through your Swimsuits for wedding rings cannot be called bikinis.”

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Micheline Bernardini promotional photo shooting bikini

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in the pool Piscine Molitor, the most famous first bikini photos

Why is it called bikini

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Why is Bikini called Bikini? ? In fact, it is related to a place called Bikini Atoll.

The Bikini Atoll is located in the Marshall Islands and is uninhabited. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States was in this atoll More than 20 nuclear test explosions of atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs were carried out. Just four days before the release of bikinis by Louis Réard, the United States completed the first nuclear test explosion on Bikini Atoll. Newspapers were all about this nuclear test explosion, and Louis Réard wanted to rub a heat. Therefore, the bikini became a bikini.

Louis Réard’s advertising words also directly target Jacques Heim, “smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit.”

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No matter what commercial purpose Louis Réard used to name his design, now it seems that such a small dress composed of only four triangles had an impact on people’s aesthetics and vision at that time. The force may be no less than an atomic bomb. Because then, in the 1950s, because of religious pressure from Catholicism, almost all beaches throughout Europe prohibited people wearing bikinis from entering. Louis Réard once wanted to stop the production of bikinis, but a large number of supporters wrote to Louis Réard, hoping that he could continue to provide bikinis so that everyone can wear them.

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If the core The test explosion left the world with the darkest shadow, changed World War II, changed the world’s pattern, and changed the future of humanity. The bikini named because of the nuclear test explosion has brought the most free expression to the women’s bodies, and also changed the way we look at swimsuits and bodies.

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Promoters of bikinis

In the era when the bikini was controversial, in addition to the people who supported it by writing, there were many celebrities who personally supported the bikini. When bikinis were banned all over Europe, the first one to stand up and speak for bikinis was the”Miss World Beauty Pageant.”

The 1951 champion Kiki Håkansson was crowned in a bikini.

But she also became the first and last player to wear a bikini and crown a beauty pageant. Although after this outrageous act, even the pope at the time came out and said that the swimsuit should not be regarded as a crime.

Miss World Beauty Pageant, standing in the middle is Kiki Håkansson

1951 years of Miss World who

The movie stars at the time also contributed a lot to this, among them Brigitte Bardot, the French sexy goddess, was the most prominent. She was photographed sitting in a bikini during the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Sunbathing on every beach in Nanfa. Every seaside, she wears a bikini, without fear of eyes, alone beautiful. This is probably a French woman. No matter how you look at them, they will always be the most comfortable themselves.

Brigitte Bardot wearing a bikini in various On various beaches

Brigitte Bardot in 1964 wearing Bijinideng On the cover of”Playboy”, this is also the first bikini cover in the history of”Playboy”

In the United States on the other side of the ocean, there are also Many Hollywood female stars are bikini platforms, including Marilyn Monroe and Esther Williams, such big stars. But even so, the newspaper at the time wrote,”No decent woman should appear in public in such a bikini.”

Marilyn Monroe

Esther Williams

Bikini and Movie

In 1960, Bryan Hyland appeared as a Bang girl in a bikini and appeared in the 007 series Dr. No, becoming a bikini with an epic on the big screen The appearance of the level of significance.

This is the first time Sean Connery has been a Bond. He may also be one of the most successful Bonds in the history of 007. This particular bikini was also made into a song called Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. When Bryan Hyland walked from the sea wearing that white bikini, it became the most classic image of Bon girl in the minds of many people.

In another film, the classic bikini image appeared in”10,000 Years”, and the sexy heroine Raquel Welch ran on the beach in a fur bikini.

So that her image, in the end, is more famous than the movie itself. This is due to Raquel Welch’s almost flawless and beautiful figure. In the 1970s, she was also rated as the most desired actress by Playboy.


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There is also a classic bikini look in Star Wars, from Princess Leia played by Carrie Fisher. That golden bikini has a pivotal position in the design of Hollywood costumes.

Louis Réard’s company is still closed, but bikinis have left us too many sexy moments, and also taken an important step for women’s freedom of dressing and body freedom.

text:Lu Di


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