Micheline Bernardini

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Micheline Bernardini
modeling the first bikini (1946)
Born 1927
Nationality French
Occupation Model

Micheline Bernardini (born 1927) was a former nude dancer at the Casino de Paris before being chosen by Louis Réard to model the first modern-day bikini on July 5, 1946 at Piscine Molitor in Paris.

The first bikini[edit]

Réard could not find a fashion model who would dare to wear his design., so hired Bernardini, a 19-year-old nude dancer from the Casino de Paris as his model.[1][2] 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.[3] The bikini was a hit, especially among men, and Bernardini received over 50,000 fan letters.[4]



  1. ^ Rosebush, Judson. "Michele Bernadini: The First Bikini". Bikini Science. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, Emily. "The Bikini Turns 50" Time (July 1, 1996)
  3. ^ Mitchell, Cluadia A. and Reid-Walsh, Jacqueline Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, ISBN 0-313-08444-0. p.182
  4. ^ "Bikini Introduced". A&E Television Networks. Retrieved September 17, 2008.