Bikinis come in a variety of styles, the most popular being the String Bikini (skimpiest of bikinis), Tankini (a longer top that leaves only a small portion of the stomach exposed), Bandini (a bikini with a bandeau top), Camikini (similar to the tankini except the top looks like a camisole), and Boy Legs (the bottom is longer and resembles short shorts). On beaches and certain parks in Europe, the top part of the bikini is sometimes not worn.
History of the Bikini Swimsuit
Fashion designer, Louis Reard revealed to the fashion world of Paris a shockingly skimpy swimsuit he had designed in 1946. This swimsuit was consisted of merely four triangles of material strategically placed on the female body and held in place by thin straps. At the time, no decent woman would think of wearing one; Reard couldn't get any fashion models in town to even show it off. But he was able to recruit a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris to pose in the garment, and the rest was front-page history throughout the civilized world. The French couturier called his sensation a bikini.
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