The bikini is two-piece outfit women wear for swimming. The top part is like a bra that covers the breasts. The lower part is like a panty that covers the groin. The belly area is exposed for a sexier look.
Historians trace the origins of bikinis back to the Roman Empire. The modern version of the two-piece swimsuit was introduced in Paris centuries later in the middle of the 1940s. Louis Reard, the designer, initially had problems with how his creation would be accepted by the general public. Even models at the time refused to wear the outfit on the fashion show stage.
The Brazilian bikini was publicly showcased beginning July 5, 1945. The name of the clothing for swimming was obviously taken from the Pacific island of Bikini. The islands were the location of the atomic bombs testings of the United States. Another Frenchman had his own bikini creation named “The Atome.” Jacques Heim was the Frenchman designer.
Micheline Bernardini, who was a nude dancer in Casino de Paris, was the only model who had the courage to wear the Brazilian bikini type clothing. And this caught the attention of the world. In many countries, women get attracted to the new craze in swimsuits. Debates arose from different sectors. Spain, Portugal, and Italy, all Catholic countries, prohibited women from wearing these skimpy bathing suits. Hollywood was pressured to prohibit actresses to wear the Brazilian bikini in movies.
American women were at first not keen on the Brazilian bikini in the 1940s and 1950s. The turnaround only began in 1960 when Americans began liking bare flesh. Show business was a big influence. The song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” became a big hit. This song about swimsuits became a household topic.
“Beach Party”, a 1963 movie, first of a series, made a big splash for the bikini. The film starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon have women in bikinis dancing.
The popularity declined in the 1980s and earlier years of the following decade. Sales of the women bathing suit declined. In 1988, the business entity of the original Brazilian bikini designer was forced to close shop.
It was in the 1990s that the upsurge of bikini sales started again. Some experts credit this upswing to the influence of “Baywatch,” a popular television series in that time. The show was set in the beach with many women lifeguards in bikinis.
Authentic Brazilian bikinis are very skimpy and sexy. All other bikinis are patterned here. The trend motivates women to exercise and be physically fit to be able to flaunt their sexy bodies inside these bikinis.