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It’s Time for Hot Fun in the Sun!
By Christine R. Walsh, Robyn Lee, and Sasha Fastovskiy
By Sasha Fastovskiy
~Babette March rocked the cover of the first Sports Illustrated “Swimsuit Editon” in 1964, ten years after the first issue of SI was published.
~That yogurt jingle came from somewhere: In 1960, Brian Hyland sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie/Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” about a girl whose bikini didn’t quite fit when she bought it. The song reached number one in the Billboard Top 100 in the US and filled the dressing rooms of America with tweenies in bikinis.
~Famous bikinis throughout pop culture history include Princess Leah’s gold bikini, Raquel Welch’s fur bikini in One Million Years B.C.,Phoebe Cates’ in the 1982 flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Pamela Anderson’s red Baywatch onepiece.
~Elle “The Body” MacPhereson has graced the most Sports Illustrated covers with 5 to her credit, while Christie Brinkley is in second place with 3 consecutive covers.
~When Annette Funicello, everyone’s favorite original Mouseketeer and queen of the beach movies, first began starring in the 60s flicks, Walt Disney himself asked her not to wear a bikini, but instead to don a one-piece in order to maintain her wholesome Disney image. Ah, the beginning of censorship.
~What kind of reaction did the bikini meet with when it was first introduced to the world in 1946? It was described as a “two-piece bathing suit that reveals everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name.”
~What do they call a thong in Brazil? Those sexy Brazilians refer to it as the “tanga,” and there are lots of variations of the skimpy bottoms: G-strings, 1/3rd back-thongs, V-strings, T-backs, and Rios are just a few.
~Forget camel-toes and camel-humps, there’s a new animal suffering for this crime of fashion. The Bag of Mice occurs when a man’s pants or bathing suit are so tight that the fabric surrounds their package, creating the look of a bag of mice. Cheese, please.
~The bikini became the official beach volleyball uniform for women when the Olympic Committee officially recognized the sport in 1993.
~Best selling issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? It was 1989’s 25th Anniversary Issue with Kathy Ireland on the cover.
And the latest swimsuit technology?
Triumph, a German lingerie manufacturer, debuted its solar-powered swimsuit on Spanish swimming champion Gemma Mengual in April at the America’s Cup in Valencia and plans to have the suit commercially available soon. A collaboration with photovoltaic cell manufacturer Conergy, the supped-up onepiece suit can recharge an iPod or a cell phone while the wearer is sunbathing ~ and best of all, it’s environmentally responsible.
Now there’s a swimsuit that lets you tan right through its fabric. Microsol and MicrosolV are the magical lightweight fabrics that allow the sun through as would about an SPF #6 sunscreen ~ but without the messy oils and lotions. Learn more about the special suits at www.tanthrough.com/.