Famous Bathing Beauties…

The fashion world flocked to Miami Beach on Thursday to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM. The five-day event showcased the 2015 runway collections from many of the fashion world’s favorite designers and established swimwear brands. Collections from Mara Hoffman Swim, A.Z Araujo, Clover Canyon, Beach Bunny, Mikoh, Wildfox Swim, Poko Pano, L*Space, Rip Curl, and many more were on display on catwalks and poolside.

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#MBFWSwim 2015

In honor of #MBFWSwim, today’s post features images of famous bathing beauties, photographed wearing iconic swimsuits, from the past to the present. Hollywood actresses like Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Bridgette Bardot were often photographed wearing bikinis and one-piece suits that were considered risque for the time.

Another pic of Miss Monroe...

Most famous of all the bathing beauties…Miss Marilyn Monroe!

Rita in two-piece and oversized sun-hat...

Rita Hayworth in two-piece and oversized sun-hat…

Brigette Bardot is St. Tropez...

Brigette Bardot is St. Tropez…

In fact, many starlets careers were catapulted into superstardom just by wearing a swimsuit, in movie or TV series. Check out a few of my favorite “iconic” swimsuit moments in hollywood.

"Bond"girl Ursula Andress in Dr. No!

“Bond”girl
Ursula Andress in Dr. No!

Iconic orange one-piece suit worn by Farrah Fawcett

Iconic orange one-piece suit worn by Farrah Fawcett…

Bo Derek wearing nude color one-piece in the movie 10...

Bo Derek wearing the famous nude color one-piece and braids in the movie 10…

Jacklyn Smith in Charlies Angels

Jacklyn Smith in Charlies Angels…

Lolita...

Lolita…

Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High...

Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High…

Baywatch babe Pam Anderson in red one-piece...

Baywatch babe Pam Anderson in red one-piece…

 "Bond" Girl Hallie Berry...

“Bond” Girl Halle Berry in orange bikini in Die Another Day…

Madonna looking FAB in a black bikini on the beach during the filming of the movie Swept Away...

Madonna looking FAB in a black bikini on the beach during the filming of the movie Swept Away…

Carrie and the ladies at the Playboy Mansion from Sex and The City Episode...

Carrie and the ladies at the Playboy Mansion from Sex and The City Episode…

The popularity of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue became the ideal way for swimwear brands to advertise their new collections to a larger audience. Popular fashion models like Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis, Christy Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Paulina Porizkova, and Rachel Hunter were among some of the first models to gain global notoriety after appearing in the magazine.

Iconic fishnet swim worn by Cheryl Tiegs...

Iconic fishnet swim worn by Cheryl Tiegs…

Kim Alexis

Kim Alexis in sporty one-piece..

Uptown Girl Christie Brinkley

“Uptown Girl” Christie Brinkley in bandaeu bikini…

Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova on the cover of SI Swimsuit issue 1985…

Elle Macpherson on covers of SI Swimsuit Issue 1986-1988...

Elle Macpherson on covers of SI Swimsuit Issue 1986-1988…

In addition to improving the model’s success and longevity in the fashion industry, the swimwear brands were starting to be recognized as relevant designer brands in the fashion industry. Before that time, many swimwear brands were placed in the action sports category of the retail market. However, the next crop of leggy ladies to grace, the pages of the infamous SI swimsuit issue were the supermodels of the 1990’s. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Niki Taylor, and of course Elle Macpherson all posed in sexy swimsuits surrounded by the sun, sand, and water, of some exotic locale.

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Cindy Crawford in mesh one-piece…

Angie Everhart..

Niki Taylor in 1997 SI issue...

Niki Taylor in 1997 SI issue…

Heidi Klum in

Heidi Klum on 1998 SI Swimsuit Issue…

Eight of the SI Swimsuit models grace the cover in 2006...

Eight of the SI Swimsuit models grace the cover in 2006…

Marissa Miller on 2008 SI Swimsuit Cover...

Marissa Miller on 2008 SI Swimsuit Cover…

Bar Rafelle

Bar Refaeli in 2008 cover girl…

50th Anniversary Issue pays tribute to the SI swimsuit model legends...

50th Anniversary Issue pays tribute to the SI swimsuit model legends…

Kate Upton on the pages of the 2012 issue. Kate was the cover girl that year, however this is a different image...

Kate Upton on the pages of the 2012 issue. Kate was the cover girl that year, however this is a different image…

And the Doll that Started it All...

Barbie the Doll that Started it All…

More images of the 2014 Cover Girls...

More images of the 2014 Cover Girls…

2014 Cover of Si Swimsuit Issue...

50th Anniversary Edition of Si Swimsuit Issue 2014… Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigan!

Enjoy the lovely ladies and be sure to stay tuned to BDG for the more on #MBFWSwim! xo, BDG

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