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The Bikini Turns 66!

Did you know that the bikini was invented in 1946 specifically around a contest to create the world's smallest bathing suit? Despite its unexpected beginnings, the two-piece is celebrating its 66th anniversary this month.

Click through to see more bikini milestones from the past 66 years.

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1946

Slightly creepy ogler or inventor of the bikini? Louis Réard is in fact the latter, possibly the former.

Bettmann/Corbis

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1952

In her third on-screen appearance, Bardot plays a lighthouse keeper’s daughter with a wedgie.

Courtesy Everett Collection

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1967

Now with extra strings! Raquel Welch as the insatiable Lillian Lust.

20th Century Fox/The Kobal Collection

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1979

More tasteful fashion options from sexploitation director Russ Meyer.

RM Films International/Courtesy Everett Collection

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1983

Jabba: “Does this Princess Leia slave make me look fat?” Leia: “This braid is way less cool than my Cinnabon ’do.”

Mary Evans/Lucasfilm/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection

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1996

Coco Chanel’s dying words: “Please, please put my logo on pasties.”

Steve Wood/Rex USA

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2002

Guts sharks, splits sandwiches, discourages interlopers: The merits of a knife at the beach cannot be overstated.

MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

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