String bikinis, tankinis, bandeaus and boy shorts, thong bikinis, monokinis, and of course, the classic bikinis: These are just a few among the dozens of bikini styles available to women. But while the bikini continues to gain fresher and edgier varieties, has anyone stopped to ask how this two-piece phenomenon came to be?
Not many people know but the bikini has a colorful story worthy of telling. And because March is Bikini Appreciation Month (B.A.M!) here on FHM, below is an account of notable moments in bikini history and how the bikini made its way to the hearts of both women AND men.
Illustration: Raynand Olarte