Creator Of The First Bikini Had Some Pretty Risqué Criteria

July 4, 2017

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.”


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