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.
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.
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.
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.