In Celebration of the Bikini

The world of Bikinis

The world of Bikinis

Bikini Girl Stop is dedicated to all the gorgeous models, actresses and every-day women that brighten-up the world when they hit the beach in a skimpy bikini. From Alessandra Ambrosio, to Miranda Kerr, to Marissa Miller and Candice Swanepoel, bikinis are a pop-culture phenomenon.

Bikinis can be traced all the way back to 305 AD at the Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily were women in garments resembling bikinis are found in the floor mosaics.

Carl Jantzen, who would go on to found Jantzen Swimwear Company, designed the first functional two-piece swimsuit, although his creations bore no resemblance to today’s Brazilian cut bikinis. His design was a close-fitting one-piece with shorts on the bottom and short sleeves on top.

Bikini pin-up girl from the 1950s

Bikini pin-up girl from the 1950s

Esther Williams, Veronica Lake, Virginia Mayo and scores of other beautiful Hollywood stars graced the publicity photos at studios such as MGM, Warner Bros, 20th Century-Fox and Paramount in the 1940s, even though excess skin was frowned upon by the Motion Picture Code of the day.

The 1950s were the heyday of pin-up and bikini artistry from masters such as Playboy’s Alberto Vargas, George Petty with his “Petty Girls,” and probably the most famous glamour artist of the twentieth century, Gil Elvgren, whose Brown & Bigelow pin-up calendars often featured bikini models.

Bikini-themed "Bikini Beach" from 1964

Bikini-themed “Bikini Beach” from 1964

The 1960s began with a wave of bikini-themed movies such as “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini,” “Bikini Beach,” and “Beach Blanket Bingo” where girls in skimpy swimsuits were the main attraction.

Today there are week-long fashion events featuring bikini swimwear exclusively, such as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, also known as Miami Swim Week.

For all these reasons, bikinis are modern day icons of the world’s populuxe culture