While bikinis may seem like no biggie these days, when they first hit the modern world, there was quite a stir. When French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim revealed the first bikini designs in 1946, the only model willing to wear the string suit was nude dancer Micheline Bernardini. They even named it after the islands where the atomic bomb was tested because they believed it would be so shocking.
Bikini Bomb, 1946
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