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The bikini is typically a women two-piece swimsuit. One part of the attire cover the breasts and the other part covers the groin and part of or the entire buttocks, leaving an uncovered area between the two. Merriam–Webster describes the bikini as a woman scanty two-piece bathing suit or a man’s brief swimsuit. It is often worn in hot weather, while swimming or sunbathing. The shapes of both parts of a bikini resemble women underwear, and the lower part can range from revealing thong or g-string to brief.

While two-piece bathing suits had been worn on the beach before, the modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Reared in 1947. He named it after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific the site of the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests in July that year.

The bikini is perhaps the most popular female beachwear around the globe, according to French fashion historian Olivier Szilard due to the power of women, and not the power of fashion. As he explains, The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women. By the mid 2000, bikinis had become a $811 million business annually, according to the Group, a consumer and retail information company. The bikini has boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning industries.

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