AMAC – History of the bikini

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2022


If you are old enough, you may recall the frenzy Brigitte Bardot and her bikini caused around the world in the 1952 French film The Girl in the Bikini, recall the folks at the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. At first it was scandalous.

Some 68 years later, we’ve become accustomed to the skimpy swim suit. But the fact is that the bikini actually made its debut in 1946 when on July 5 fashion icon Louis Reard first introduced the two-piece bathing suit. Because it was so “explosive” he named it the “bikini” after America’s famous nuclear test that took place on Bikini Atoll in July of 1945. Thus, the annual celebration of International Bikini Day takes place on July 5.



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