By Nicole Zane. July 10, pm Updated July 15, pm. Celebs have been going buck wild for skimpy swimwear as of late. Must try the new Coppertoneusa Glow sunscreen! Plus, the beach-bound buff look is highly flattering for all body types, as it gives an illusion of a long-and-lean physique.
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A bikini is typically a women's two-piece swimsuit featuring two triangles of fabric on top that cover the woman's breasts , similar to a bra , and two triangles of fabric on the bottom: the front covering the pelvis but exposing the navel , and the back covering the buttocks. In May , Parisian fashion designer Jacques Heim released a two-piece swimsuit design that he named the Atome 'Atom' and advertised as "the smallest swimsuit in the world". No runway model would wear it, so he hired a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris named Micheline Bernardini to model it at a review of swimsuit fashions. Due to its revealing design, the bikini was considered controversial, facing opposition from a number of groups and being accepted only very slowly by the general public. In many countries, the design was banned from beaches and other public places: in , France banned the bikini from being worn on its coastlines; Germany banned the bikini from public swimming pools until the s, and some communist groups condemned the bikini as a "capitalist decadence". Despite this backlash, however, the bikini still sold well throughout the early to later 20th century, albeit discreetly. The one piece swimsuit, in contrast, gained increased exposure and acceptance as film stars like Brigitte Bardot , Raquel Welch , and Ursula Andress wore them and were photographed on public beaches and seen in film.
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Since I was born-and-raised on the beach, one of my favorite things to wear in the summer is a bikini. Half the time, I layer one under my clothes during the hot months, so I'm never not prepared for a spontaneous trip to the beach or pool. Bonus points if it's an itsy bitsy bikini: You don't have to worry about getting weird tan lines from your bathing suit.