from Huff Post
The Creator Of The First Bikini Had Some Pretty Risqué Criteria
The first bikini was pretty darn skimpy.
One-piece swimsuits have undergone an undeniably cool transformation over the years, but there will always be a place in our beach-loving hearts for the oh-so-summery bikini.
The bikini, made most famous by automobile engineer-turned-swimwear designer Louis Reard, turned 71 on Tuesday. Knowing it would blow up in the press, he named his skimpy two-piece design after a United States nuclear testing site.
Here’s his very first bikini in all its teeny, tiny glory:
There have been plenty of iterations of the two-piece bathing suit over the years, many teenier than this one.
But Reard reportedly felt there is one main criteria that makes a bikini a bikini. A swimsuit doesn’t qualify, he said, unless “it could be pulled through a wedding ring.”