The first bikini
Réard could not find a model who would dare to wear his design. He ended up hiring Bernardini, a 19-year-old nude dancer from the Casino de Paris as his model. That bikini, a string bikini with a g-string back made out of 30 square inches (194 cm2) of cloth with newspaper type printed across, was "officially" introduced at a fashion event at Piscine Molitor, a popular public pool in Paris. Her photographs from the show and stories of the event were widely publicized by the press. The Herald Tribune alone ran nine stories on the event. The bikini was a hit, especially among men, and Bernardini received over 50,000 fan letters.
- Rosebush, Judson. "Michele Bernadini: The First Bikini". Bikini Science. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
- EMILY MITCHELL, THE BIKINI TURNS 50, July 1, 1996 Volume 148, No. 1, Time Magazine
- CLAUDIA A. MITCHELL and JACQUELINE REID-WALSH, Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, page 182, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, ISBN 0-313-08444-0
- "Bikini Introduced". A&E Television Networks. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
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