The bikini is 70 years old today! The designed was conceived by a French engineer named Louis Re'ard. He chose the name "bikini" after the Bikini Atoll, the location of early tests of nuclear explosives. I could make a couple glib remarks about devastation, but I won't. The new swimsuit design was premiered at a fashion show July 5th of that year. Some countries banned the unprecedentedly revealing design. The Catholic church called it "sinful." I unapologetically disagree with that view. It's interesting to note, 1946 was also the first year of the post war "Baby Boom."

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