FROM BARDOT TO MONROE: A FEW ICONIC SWIMSUITS

It’s spring and lounging around on a beach seems a long way away. However, those who reside in Malta are greeted by the spicy hot weather earlier than the rest of Europe. So, it’s actually not that long till we’ll be basking in the heatwave and rocking the beach. Therefore, it’s time to stock up our summer wardrobe.

But before you start looking for that one (or ten) perfect swimsuits, let’s seek some inspiration from those who did it right.

Brigitte Bardot in The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter (1952)

This is Bardot’s film debut and one of the first movies where a bikini appeared on the silver screen – extremely controversial for the early ‘50s. Bardot looks staggeringly sexy wearing simple two-piece swimsuits. What a babe. Later, she spiced up the French Riviera by wearing a two-piece, turning St Tropez into the bikini capital of the world. Balcony and halter shapes will never grow old, thanks to this French diva.

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Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

How to Marry a Millionaire is worth a watch just for its amazing range of costume… Don’t take the dating tips seriously, though! In one of the scenes, Marilyn rocks the catwalk in a red one-piece bathing suit with a matching vest and killer heels. It would still look fabulous today. Okay, maybe it’s not made for swimming, but just imagine lounging glamorously by the pool wearing that piece. Now that is a to-die-for scenario.

Marilyn-Monroe-in-How-to-Marry-a-Millionaire-(1953)

 

Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)

Ursula Andress looks stunning as she comes out of water in a swimsuit in the first ever Bond movie. No one has been able to pull off a white bikini the same way she did. Besides, her bikini has a pretty knife belt. Keep this in mind and don’t be afraid to accessorise your swimsuit with a body chain or an anklet to create a memorable look just like the ultimate Bond girl did.

Ursula-Andress-in-Dr.-No-(1962)

 

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1960)

One-piece swimsuits aren’t always practical, but they’re nonetheless very impressive. Who could ever forget Elizabeth Taylor in a fabulous white one-piece?

Elizabeth-Taylor-in-Suddenly,-Last-Summer-(1960)

 

Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

The scene where Cates climbs out of a swimming pool in slow motion is absolute perfection. She’s wearing a red two-piece with matching red lipstick. Bold colours are always a trend when it comes to the swimming season, and red lips add a touch of glamour to any swimsuit.

Phoebe-Cates-in-Fast-Times-at-Ridgemont-High-(1982)

 

Pamela Anderson in Baywatch (1995)

Let’s face it, those extreme high cut-outs of the ‘90s look strange today. But who can imagine Baywatch without this bathing beauty? Pamela proves again that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it, and remember – the number one accessory of any beach look is confidence.

Pamela-Anderson-in-Baywatch-(1995)

 

Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

Demi was 40-years old when showing off her incredible figure wearing a teeny-tiny black bikini. She proved that sometimes the sexiest swimsuit is the simplest one. Now that’s the villain to remember.

Demi-Moore-in-Charlie’s-Angels-Full-Throttle-(2003)