When she appeared in public at the swimming pool wearing a bikini with a newspaper print design, there was a stir. This had to happen. She also posed wearing a bikini with a matchbox in her hand, which seemed to mean that this bikini is so small that it can even fit in a matchbox. After this, Michelin received letters from 50,000 fans.
Then the two-piece bikini was amazing
Back then, it was considered very bold to wear a one-piece swimsuit in public. In such a situation, the two-piece bikini destroyed her amazingly. Most of the body was being exposed in this. The Catholic Church there also found its design quite objectionable. The French media also strongly opposed it. For the first time in 1951, the contestants of Miss World’s beauty contest wore bikinis. But after this, there was a ban on wearing bikinis in the contest.
Micheline Bernardini posing in a bikini 76 years ago, causing an uproar in the French media and the church. By the way, the model who gave this pose is still alive. Now his age is getting around 94 years. (file photo)
In many countries, its wearing was banned and fined as well.
In many countries of Europe, such as Italy and Spain, at first, the authorities banned it. At that time, if a tourist was seen in a bikini on the beach, he was removed from there or fined. Even in the late 50s, it was not considered good for American women to wear bikinis. Although French women liked it.
In the 50s in Europe, in many countries, the police used to impose fines for wearing bikinis on the beaches. Wearing it was completely banned in many countries. Although later it became a symbol of women’s liberation (file photo)
Bikini also became a symbol of Woman Liberation
Later this bikini became another symbol of women’s liberation. At that time (probably even now) nothing more sexual than this could be understood.
The bikini became another symbol of women’s liberation. Read was an automobile engineer who made it but his family used to run a lingerie shop.
How did the idea come to mind?
Read was an automobile engineer by profession but his family ran a lingerie shop. One day he noticed that on the French Mediterranean beach, he saw that some women bathing in the sea were wrapping their bathing suits and shortening them so that more of their skin could be exposed. It was from here that Just Read got the idea of the two-piece bikini.
Micheline Bernardini during her first public appearance in a bikini. It was covered extensively by the French media. No one had even thought that a woman could pose in public like this. (file photo)
Around the time Read got her bikini ready, the first atomic bomb was detonated around the world. Read used only 30 inches of fabric in this swimsuit. He wanted that when people see it, they should be shocked in the same way and their reaction should be almost the same as it was after the atomic bomb. Since the first nuclear test was done by America on the Pacific Bikini Beach of a small island, the name of this small cloth was named bikini.
Its effect was similar to that of a nuclear explosion.
Bikini Atoll is the smallest island in the Marshall Islands, where the US conducted a total of 60 nuclear bomb and hydrogen bomb tests from 1946 to 1958. Done. Its designer felt that the effect of his designed suit was similar to that of a nuclear explosion, hence it came to be known as the “Bikini Swimsuit”.
In the 60s, the bikini became a part of popular culture in America. Actress Annette Funicello wore it in the 1963 film “Beach Party”. By the way, wearing it in Indian films is still considered bold. Whenever an actress wears it, there is an uproar.
In the 60s, it became included in the popular culture of America. Actress Annette Funicello wore it in the 1963 film “Beach Party”. Actress Brigitte Bardot grabbed everyone’s attention when she wore it to the Cannes Festival in 1953.
Then many other actresses were also seen wearing it. In the 1960s itself, the design of the bikini was printed on the cover page of the magazine named Playboy and Sports Illustrated. In India, when Sharmila Tagore wore a two-piece bikini for the first time in the film An Evening in Paris in 1967, people’s eyes widened in the country. Gone. However, there was no protest like this at that time.