The Bikini made its debut under its current name courtesy of a vehicle engineer named Louis Réard in 1946. Réard was responding to a competition to create the world’s smallest swimsuit, and the design he created was so daring for the times that he couldn’t find a fashion model to wear it.
Instead, Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer, did the honours on this day at Paris's swimming pool, the Piscine Molitor, and the white buttocks exposed by the G-string back of the design would gain her over fifty thousand fan letters.
Your goal for today is to get to the closest beach to mark the day with a Bikini Martini, a drink created by Dick Bradsell for an Agent Provocateur swimwear party at the tail-end of last century.
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