The swimsuit has come a long, long way over the years, with many iconic moments happening on screen, in photos...and probably other places. Let’s pay homage to these amazing bathing beauties with a look at some of the most famous women’s swimsuit moments of all time:

 

Brigette Bardot, The Girl in the Bikini

The ultimate French sexpot, Brigette Bardot did quite a bit for the two-piece when she starred in the 1952 film The Girl in the Bikini. Bardot’s stunning strapless bikini helped the bathing suit gain popularity, thus cementing it in the minds and hearts of, well, everyone.

 

Ursula Andress, Dr. No 

The sight of screen goddess Ursula Andress emerging from the ocean in a white belted bikini would be enough to make anyone swoon, including Sean Connery’s debonair James Bond. Andress’s turn in Dr. No, the first of many Bond films, also started the pop culture fascination with the Bond Girl. Halle Berry later paid tribute to the bikini in a much-later Bond film.

 

Raquel Welch, One Million Years B.C.

Welch was an amazingly beautiful woman (and still is), and had a body that could stop a truck. Her animal skin-inspired bikini in One Million Years B.C. no doubt remains in the minds of all men who saw the film.

 

Bo Derek, 10

The beautiful Bo Derek running down the coastline rocking a nude one-piece and cornrows is one of the most iconic movie images of all time! She proved you don’t need a bikini to be a perfect ‘10.’

 

Farrah Fawcett, Poster

Another example of an iconic one piece, the image of the Charlie’s Angel in a red one piece became the best-selling poster of its time. Gorgeous feathered hair, a blindingly-white smile and chilly shooting temperatures also made this picture legendary.

 

Christie Brinkley, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 1979-81

Christie Brinkley was the first model to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three years running, and given her blonde California girl beauty, it’s not hard to understand why. There’s also the poster of her in a stunning bandeau one piece in then-future-hubby Billy Joel’s video for Uptown Girl.

 

Pamela Anderson, Baywatch

Anderson’s red one piece for Baywatch was cut very, very high, and put the sex symbol’s considerable assets on full display.

 

Did any of your favorites make the list?

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