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Legendary Bikinis

Updated on May 22, 2013
BB The young French actress wore hers scandalously low on her hips with a barely-there top—when she wore a top at all.
BB The young French actress wore hers scandalously low on her hips with a barely-there top—when she wore a top at all.

Legendary bikinis

Most of us are already packing for the beach. The season has started and it is time to show off. Whether at Saint Tropez, Copacabana, Venice beach, Ibiza or Goa we all want to look our best. And what better way to inspire us than a look back at the most legendary bikinis and bikini bodies in history.

Brigitte Bardot

"..And God Created woman": Although Brigitte Bardot did not create the bikini, it was her who popularized it with her stunning curves back in 1956.

In the erotic melodrama "And God created woman", Bardot played a sensuous actress intimately involved with three men. This sizzling film helped to establish Bardot as an international star. Maybe it was not only her archetypal blonde sex kitten figure, but also her sultry allure which made her a big star and made women all over the world want to wear a bikini and made of Saint Tropez an international glamour site. When she moved to the sleepy fishing village of Saint Tropez, she made it the new place to be seen.

The film was heavily edited to conform to censorship, despite not showing what Bardot -a nymphet with a voracious sexual appetite- does in bed but what she might do that drove the three principal male characters into an erotic frenzy.

Brigitte Bardot: "And God Created Woman" the Trailer

Rachel Welch

"One Million Years B.C." (1966) is Rachel Welch's most renowned film, mainly because of her fur bikini?

Rachel Welch: "One Million Years B.C." trailer

Bond Girls Ursula Andress and Halle Berry

Ursula Andress

The belted bikini of Swiss actress Ursula Andress playing Honey Ryder in James Bond's "Dr. NO" is an all time classic. A major sex symbol of the 60s, there is not one man who had not fantasized with Ursula coming out of the water singing the famous "calypso". The scene made Ursula into an icon. Forty years later in "Die another day" (2002) Halle Berry repeated the scene with the same belted bikini that still drove men into a frenzy!

Halle Berry

Halle Berry played Bond girl Jinx in "Die another day" (2002) famously recreating Ursula Andress scene as an homage. The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz, Spain. According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time. That same year, she was voted number 1 in FHM's list of 100 sexiest Women in the World.

In 1998 Playboy named Halle Berry among the 100 Sexiest Women of the Century and she has been on People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World list endless times. And if you think that bikinis are only for the young, probably you did not know that Halle Berry topped In Touch magazine's list of the world's Most Fabulous 40-Something Celebrities.

Bond girls: Ursula Andress vs Halle Berry

Carrie Fisher

A sex symbol for a short period after her appearance as Princess Leia wearing a golden metal bikini in "Return of the Jedi". Carrie Fisher has remained a pop culture icon. Less known but not less successful is Fisher's accomplished writing carer as a novelist and script writer.

Bo Derek

It was "10" (1979), a romantic comedy directed by Blake Edwards who gave Bo Derek superstar and sex symbol status. The film was considered trend-setting at the time, and it was one of the year's biggest box office hits. Not only was Bo Derek's swimwear copied, but also her beaded and plaited hairstyle in the film was copied by women around the world.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's fame as a sex star began in the late 1940s, and lasted through the 50s and 60s. This is the first known picture of Marilyn Monroe modelling a two-piece swimsuit. It is most likely taken in a Hollywood backyard when Marilyn was about 19 years old at the very beginning of her modelling career.

Tyra Banks

Banks was the first African American woman on the cover of Sports Illustratedt Swimsuit Issue. She was also the first African-American chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalogue.

Which one is your favourite?

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      Sunset San Diego 7 years ago from California San Diego LA

      Beautiful article

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      lindsay 7 years ago

      brigitte bardot was the most beautiful, seductive woman ive ever seen and besides popularizing the bikini, she popularized gingham(when she got married in a pink gingham dress),she put st. tropez on the map and was the worlds original sex kitten(she coined that term!) not only that, but i have a pinup book that says at the start of their careers, over 43 actresses copied bardots hair and eye makeup. bb is an icon!

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      Audrevea 7 years ago

      Brigitte looks so young in that film! Not quite fully "Brigitte Bardot" yet. Very cute hub.

      I will need to do some serious work before my bikini rides that low.

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK


      I guess ill have too! lol


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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Oooh lala! can't wait;)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Shadesbreath: how could I forget Princess Leia?

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      Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

      Awesome collection, and I'm glad you had Princess Lea up there. She doesn't get the credit she deserves in this regard. That was a good pull. Fun hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      compu-smart: maybe next time, I am preparing a series of Costa del Sol hubs, so maybe baby ;)

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I like them all:) and I was hoping to see you in a bikini here Princessa;)