The First Bikini, A Tiny History

Grand Benders, The First Bikini

According to the official version, the modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim in Paris in 1946 and introduced on July 5 at a fashion show at Piscine Molitor in Paris.

It was a string bikini with a g-string back.

Réard could not persuade any of the Parisian fashion models to wear his bikini, so he settled upon Micheline Bernardini, a nineteen-year-old dancer at the Casino de Paris. She was the first to ever model the modern day bikini.

Made out of a scant 30 inches of fabric, Reard promoted his creation as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Reard called his creation the bikini, named after the Bikini Atoll.

Grand Benders, The First Bikini

If you’re a fan of the bikini then you won’t want to miss the bikini content that Mickey and the cast are organizing.

The Coco’s Bikini Contest take place Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at Coco’s in Grand Bend. Watch for the GRAND BENDERS TV crew who will be there catching all the excitement.

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