Sunday, April 06, 2008

Barbara Bush (senior) on the beach...and speculations on Bikinis

click Mrs. George H.W. Bush to enlarge

I brought this up at a dinner party last night and everyone scoffed. Yes, there does indeed exist a picture of a comely Barbara Bush [Senior] in a swimsuit (I was wrong about the Bikini part...they hadn't even been invented yet[1]). There you are, Friendos.

[1] Well, they kind of had been invented, according to the wikipedia, but they didn't become popular until after 1943, when swimwear was under a restriction to use 10% less fabric. The wikipedia also has a great definition of a bikini: A bikini or two-piece is a type of women's swimsuit, characterized by two separate parts — one covering the breasts, the other the groin (and optionally the buttocks).

Here is a photo of one of the very first bikinis modeled by Micheline Bernardini.


In our more modern, Idiocracy, world, the bikini was finally reduced to the microkini (really, a glorified Band-aid®:



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