National Bikini Day
Date When Celebrated : July 5th
On July 5, 1946, the first Bikini was worn and modeled. That makes this a very special day, National Bikini Day. Oddly, it is referred to as "National", but it did not originate in the U.S, At that time, conservative Americans largely shunned the bikini, until the 1960's. Perhaps the word "national" refers to France, where the Bikini was first modeled.
The Bikini is worn by tens of millions of ladies, from very young girls, to not so young ladies. Hard to believe, there are a few ladies in their 80s who wear bikinis!
How to Enjoy Bikini Day:
Ladies.......put on your bikini and get out in the sun.While poolside or at the beach is most desired, it not a requirement.
Gentlemen............. Today is an absolutely beautiful day. Go out and take in the scenery. But, by all means, be gentlemen!
History of the Bikini:
Two piece bathing suits were around long before 1946. They covered most of the body, and showed only a little midriff. In the 1940's, a good looking woman was referred to as a "Bombshell". Some called them Nuclear. There were two French clothing designers of two piece bathing suits. One bathing suit was called the "Atome", and the other called "Bikini". Both bathing suits were in reference to Bikini Island, where the United States tested atomic bombs. The name Bikini won out.
The Bikini was first modeled on July 5, 1946, at the Piscine Molitor Swimming pool in Paris, France. French Designer Louis Reard could not get models to wear the "indecent" bikini at the show. So, he turned to a showgirl, Micheline Bernardini.
The first bikini was made of just 30 square inches of fabric. Since then, the amount of coverage has continually shrunk.
Famous Bikini Wearers:
At first, Spain and Italy banned bikinis at beaches
Bikinis are memorialized in song: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow polka Dot Bikini
Movies have been made immortalizing the Bikini: How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, with Annette Funnicello
The world's largest bikini parade was held in Johannesburg, South africa on November 9, 2009, It included 287 bikini clad girls.
The world's Largest Bikini photo was in Sydney, Australia. It included 1,010 girls on September 25, 2001.
Ancient Minoan paintings, circa 1600 B.C., show women in two piece suit, similar to bikinis.
St. Tropez claims to be the bikini posing capital of the world.
The Origin of National Bikini Day:
It is clear that this day marks the modeling of the first bikini. Our research has not revealed who declared this a special holiday. We are glad they did.
Neither the U.S. Congress, nor the President of the United States has proclaimed today National Bikini Day.
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