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  • Women pose in bathing suits in the ocean surf at Santa Monica, Calif., circa 1890.
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  • Bathing beauties Andrea Sayley and Margaret Oliver, two of Mack Sennett's bathing girls, demonstrate how to save someone from drowning.
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  • Michele Bernardini shows off a swimsuit, the first bikini, created by fashion designer Louis Reard, July 5, 1946.
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  • Ava Gardner relaxes in a deck chair, circa 1945.
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  • Virginia Mayo wears a green-and-white striped bikini and poses at the edge of a swimming pool, circa 1945.
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  • Brigitte Bardot sits on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival, 1953, in Cannes, France.
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  • Marilyn Monroe reclines on patio furniture on a lawn, early 1950s, wearing a two-piece swimsuit, lucite heels, and bangle earrings.
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  • Natalie Wood stands on the shoulders of actor Steve Rowland at the Thalians Beach Ball, held at the home of Elaine Stewart in Malibu, Calif., July 15, 1956.
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  • Elizabeth Taylor wears a white swimsuit as she kneels on the sands of a beach in a publicity still issued for the film 'Suddenly, Last Summer', 1959.
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  • Sean Connery and Ursula Andress act in a scene from the film 'James Bond: Dr. No', 1962.
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  • Raquel Welch wears an animal hide bikini in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'One Million Years BC', 1966.
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  • From left, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith (in a bikini) as they pose for a photo for the television program 'Charlie's Angels,' mid 1977.
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