Sports Illustrated & Danica – A Long History
The video was from a “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit edition and while the pictures were certainly classy, they did cause a rift in the media. Danica is without question one of the strongest women role models that a young woman could choose to admire but her appearance in a revealing swimsuit made some people upset. They feel as though wearing a revealing bikini objectifies women. I think the real issue is that Danica’s pictures ruin the theory that strong women can’t be sexy. For this reason, the bikini has been one of the most controversial garments in the history of fashion. In 1907, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman was actually arrested for dawning a 2 piece. In the early 20th century, women typically wore lose fitting swimsuits with long sleeves and a skirt panel which often times came to their knees. It was actually a government imposed 10% reduction of fabric used in women’s swimsuits due to wartime rationing that saw the beginning of the sexy bathing suits. The long sleeves and skirt panel would become things of the past as swimsuits began to show more skin and eventually the 2 piece became accepted.
About These Bikinis
The modern Bikini was introduced in 1946 and French women embraced it while American women stuck to more traditional 2 piece swimsuits. In the 50s, there were still places where a woman could be cited or even arrested for wearing a revealing bikini which 1 writer described as “revealing everything about a girl except her maiden name”. It wasn’t until 1962 when Ursula Andress emerged from the sea wearing a bikini in the James Bond film Dr. No that the bikini became a world wide phenomenon. The 60s were also the era of the surf movie where the bikini was the real star.
Today every modern fashion designer manufactures swimwear and there seems to be an arms race to determine who can make the most revealing outfits. “Sports Illustrated” even features models donning nothing but body paint. The swimsuit has come a long way since in the last 100 years and we’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with next.