The Teenie Weenie Brazilian BikiniMay 2nd 2015
The bikini or two piece was officially invented in 1946 by two Frenchmen, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, who thought of naming this women’s swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The "Atome", named for its small size and meant to be compared with the atom, the smallest particle of matter yet known, has come a long ways since the 40’s both in fashion, breaking barriers in women’s sexuality, and going against the religious and social standards.
In its short, modern history of 60 some years, the bikini has managed to repeatedly shock the world with its ever more revealing nature. Nonetheless, the history of the bikini is hardly finished. Fashion designers will, without a doubt, continue to experiment with the “smallest bathing suit in the world.”
In the '50s screen icons like Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe were wearing the revealing suits in their films and in real life, and the surf culture of the '60s gave the bikini its global trend. Songs were written about the suits like "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Bryan Hyland.
The lower part of the Brazilian bikini was further reduced in size and by the 1970’s, the Brazilian thong had been invented. The Brazilian thong contained so little material that only a thin strip of fabric remained, leaving little to the imagination. In Brazil, this area of the body was a focus and was especially emphasized. By the late 1980s, this Brazilian style of swimwear had made its way into the Western world, and both the thong and the G-string became commonly available designs of swimwear bottoms. Women all over started experimenting with the famous Brazilian wax to compliment the new flair.
The Dare to wear two piece continues to revolutionize fashion history and variants of the bikini are monokinis, tankinis, trikinis, camikinis and other widely available styles.