If you haven’t already made plans to soak up the sun in your itsy-bitsy bikini this weekend, clear your calendar because July 5th is International Bikini Day!! Why celebrate you ask? Well because by celebrating the bikini we’re also, in part, celebrating the bodies of women! Just over 60 years ago, bikini’s were frowned upon by the media, the Catholic Church, and a large majority of the public because they were too risqué or even scandalous. In fact, bikini’s are still frowned upon in many parts of the world – in Spain you can get fined for wearing your bikini away from a beach or pool! Embrace your body and celebrate #NationalBikiniDay with these six #InternationalBikiniDay facts you may have not known:
1. On July 5, 1946, Micheline Bernardini modelled the first modern bikini
The bikini was designed by Louis Réard who had difficulty finding someone to model the risqué two-piece. He ended up having to hire a nude dancer to sport the bikini. That dancer turned out to be Micheline Bernardini.
2. The trend of the bikini is born when…
The slogan “It’s not a genuine bikini unless it can be pulled through a wedding ring” caught on.
3. In 1960, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” hit #1 on 10 countries’ billboard charts.
4. Ursula Andress emerges from the water wearing a bikini in 1962’s classic Dr.No
The iconic pop culture moment is said to be one of the most memorable moments in the entire James Bone series.
5. Bikinis are an over $800 million business annually.
6. To date, the most expensive swimsuit is worth $30 million.
The teenie-weenie pricey bikini was designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds. It’s made of 150 diamonds and is set in platinum.
So ladies, even if you don’t have a $30 million bikini or can’t get to a beach or pool – celebrate your body and put on that bikini you’ve always wanted to wear! I’ll be kicking my weekend off right in my new One Teaspoon Eagle Shadow swimsuit (top and bottom available on Free People) with a refreshing mango & passionfruit beverage from Woody’s!