Isn't summer grand? I think it is, especially after a long school year. Every summer, I learn allot and change allot and have tons of fun while at it. During breaks I have the time to reflect and readjust. For example, over winter break I decided it was time to start blogging. Over spring break, I started writing a novel, poetry, and short stories. So, I'm excited to find out how this summer will work out. Summer is the best because it's pool/beach season. My old swimsuit finally doesn't fit anymore, so I had a great excuse to buy the swimsuit of my dreams, a retro style swimsuit, where the bottom covers the belly button. The material is a ribbed royal blue. To me its retro and futuristic at the same time. Retro shape, futuristic fabric. Anyways, I love it and can't wait to wear it. Today, I saw on time.com a picture essay on the history of bikinis.The bikini has an interesting history and I love history in general. So, I decided on an overview of its history for today's post. The bikini was around as early as 1400 B.C. Greek paintings and urns show women in two pieces, that look much like our modern bikini, playing sports. Much later, the body, especially the female body, came to be considered sinful. To swim, women wore petticoats and stockings. Weights were added to the skirts to prevent them from riding up and showing their legs. In 1907, the one-piece started to be seen on the beaches. This new swimsuit didn't hide the contours of the body, and a few brave wearers were arrested before it became common wear. During World War II, the fashion industry started making swimsuits that exposed the midriff, after, being told by the U.S. government to use less fabric
. "On July 5, 1946, French engineer Louis Réard designed a garment 'smaller than the world's smallest bathing suit.' Four days earlier, the U.S. military had conducted nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll. Réard hoped that his invention would be as explosive as that test and so called his new creation the bikini. " The bikini exposed the hip, the bottom of the butt cheeks and the belly-button. None of the Parisian models dared to wear his design except, Micheline Bernardini. She was a nude dancer and deputed the bikini, on July 11, 1946 during a show for the press. The Bikini was denounced as sinful by the Vatican at the time and was banned from beauty pageants. Bridgette Bardot, a young French actress, is credited for making the bikini popular with the mainstream." It's been said that Bardot did more for France's international trade balance than the entire French car industry." The bikini slowly made its way to magazine covers, movies and even sports wear. As times became less conservative so did swimwear. We now have thong bottoms and, in some beaches the topless swimsuit. Who knows maybe we'll see the topless bikini evolve from erotic novelty to common swimwear just like our grandparents saw the bikini evolve.
To conclude, a video of Bridgette Bardot singing. It's 1960's French pop, which I love.Its so cut, carefree and sassy. I hope you enjoy it. Much thanks for reading. Many hugs and warm feelings. Happy summer. :)
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