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Bikini is an immodest two piece dress for women. The dress worn by women and show most of her body to public that features two triangles of fabric on top that cover the breasts, and two triangles of fabric on the bottom: the front covering the pelvis but exposing the navel, and the back covering the buttocks.

The dress was created by French designer Jacques Heim in 1946. Ironically, while Heim trying to find model to wear it in Paris, all models refused to worn it because of its immodesty, but he hired nude dancer to model the dress.[1]

The dress was normalized in Western culture between the women in the beaches and media during Sexual Revolution.

The dress named Bikini after Bikini Atoll where the first public test of a nuclear bomb had taken place four days before by French designer Louis Réard.

By the early 2000s, bikinis had become a US$811 million business annually, and boosted spin off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.[2]


Swimming or bathing outdoors was discouraged in the Christian West, but during 1910s its become accepted for women to wear swimsuit in Europe.[3]

In the summer of 1946, Western Europeans enjoyed their first war-free summer in many years. French designers sought to deliver fashions that matched the liberated mood of the people. Heim launched a two-piece swimsuit design in Paris that he called the atome, after the smallest known particle of matter. He announced that it was the "world's smallest bathing suit."[4] Reard didnt any run way model accept to model his dress because of its immodesty, but he hired nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to model it.[5] Fashion writer Diana Vreeland described the bikini as the "atom bomb of fashion".[6]

Despite the garment's initial success in France, women worldwide refused to wear and continued to wear traditional one-piece swimsuits. When Réard sales stalled, he went back to designing and selling "orthodox knickers". Réard himself would later describe it as a "two-piece bathing suit which reveals everything about a girl except for her mother's maiden name."[7] Fashion magazine Modern Girl Magazine in 1957 stated that "it is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing".[8]

In 1951, Eric Morley organized the Festival Bikini Contest, a beauty contest and swimwear advertising opportunity at that year's Festival of Britain. The press, welcoming the spectacle, referred to it as Miss World.[9] The winner was Kiki Håkansson of Sweden, who was crowned in a bikini. After the crowning, Håkansson was condemned by Pope Pius XII,[10] As a result of the controversy, the bikini was explicitly banned from many other beauty pageants worldwide.[11] Many feminists regarded Bikini beauty contests as bringing freedom to women, but also opposed by other.[12] The bikini was banned in Australia, on the French Atlantic coastline, in Spain, in Italy, and in Portugal, and was prohibited or discouraged in a number of US states.[13] The United States Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code, enforced from 1934, allowed two-piece gowns but prohibited the display of navels in Hollywood films.[14]


Bikini is seen as immodest and immoral dress among many Christians and Catholics. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 says girls should "dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God."[15]

Saint Pope John Paul II wrote extensively on the subject of modesty in his Theology of the Body discussions. A bikini does not reveal a woman's worth as a daughter of God. It does not reveal her brilliant mind, beautiful heart and eternal soul. It reveals only her body - and that is not nearly close enough to describing who she is as a child of God.[16]


While Liberals pretend that Skin Cancer cases increase in Western countries because of "Global Warming", they ignore that wearing Bikini and other semi naked dress which normalized during Sexual Revolution in Sixties lead to this increase, because of the people who went out to The beaches in Summer and expose their semi naked bodies to the strong sunlight.[17] Skin cancer is rare with very Christian Conservative community like Amish.[18] Its also rare in the Muslim middle eastern countries who forbid wearing this dress.[19]


According to study from liberal magazine National Geographic said that Bikinis make men see women as object. The study said Brain scans revealed that when men are shown pictures of scantily clad women, the region of the brain associated with tool use lights up. lead researcher Susan Fiske, a psychologist at Princeton University noted some of the men studied showed no activity in the part of the brain that usually responds when a person ponders another's intentions. This means that these men see women "as sexually inviting, but they are not thinking about their minds," Fiske said. "The lack of activation in this social cognition area is really odd, because it hardly ever happens." Fiske and colleagues asked 21 heterosexual male volunteers to first take a test that scores people based on different types of sexist attitudes. The subjects were then shown pictures of both skimpily dressed and fully clothed men and women. Most of the men best remembered headless photographs of women in bikinis.[20]


  3. Liz Conor, The spectacular modern woman: feminine visibility in the 1920s, page 152, Indiana University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-253-34391-7
  7. Louise Southerden, Surf's Up: The Girl's Guide to Surfing, page 14, Allen & Unwin, 2008, ISBN 978-1-74176-831-2