On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard introduced the bikini swimsuit. Though it endured a difficult beginning, the bikini's popularity over the past 70 years has seen it skyrocket to become one of the most iconic fashion designs ever created.
Thanks to Brigitte Bardot (seen here in this undated photo), the bikini was accepted on American beaches in the early 1960's. When Louis Reard introduced "le bikini," it wasn't accepted on U.S. beaches. UPI File Photo
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