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Today’s beaches and pool decks are practically littered with ladies sporting sexy swimwear. Indeed, the modern woman can choose any swimwear she wants, from a hydrodynamic bodysuit racing system to a casual “tankini” to a decidedly more risqué outfit. As late as the middle of the 20th century, women’s swimwear was still as conservative as the Texas legislature. Everything changed in the year 1946, when a Frenchman named Louis Réard introduced the first bikini, named for the Bikini Atoll, an atomic bomb test site. Let’s take a look at the history of aquatic apparel before that “bombshell” moment, and what has happened in its wake.