The original bikini was created by automobile engineer Louis Reard (1897-1984) and consisted of only 30 square inches.
Thongs are illegal in Melbourne, Florida as of January 2005. The punishment is a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.
Few people know that bikinis get their name from the hydrogen bomb testing that was conducted at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific.
Swimsuits that revealed any part of the torso was considered indecent at one point, even on men!
Among some ancient people, like the Minoans and Sicilians, two-piece bathing suits similar to bikinis were fairly common.
Nearly three-quarters of the market for swimsuits is made up of women’s swimsuits, with the rest being split fairly evenly between men and children.
The largest-selling swimwear company in the world is Speedo, which caters to both men and women, and which is nearly 100 years old.
The term “G-string” does not derive from the fourth string on the violin (G string) Rather, as linguist Robert Hendrickson suggests, the “G” in G-string or “geestring” stands for “groin.
The world’s largest bikini parade took place on November 9, 2009. Clad only in bikinis, 287 girls paraded in Johannesburg, South Africa, to raise awareness for breast cancer.
When the first bikini was introduced in 1946, it was marketed as a two-piece swimming suit that revealed “everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name.”
The bikini was initially banned by predominantly Catholic countries.
The bikini was originally shunned in many countries throughout the world and took quite some time to gain in popularity. In fact, the wearing of bikinis was actually banned at the 1951 Miss World pageant.
In 1964, the bikini made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time.
The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a bikini. Designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds, the bikini is worth $30 million and is made with more than 150 carats of D flawless diamonds, set in platinum.