Happy birthday to the bikini

BikiniOn July 5, 1946, French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim introduced the device that has since beautified beaches from Nice to Nags Head.

In 1949, bathing beauty queen Bebe Shopp, 18, of Hopkins, Minn. got an enthusiastic welcome in Paris, but said she hadn’t changed her mind about French swimsuits. I don’t approve of Bikini suits for American girls, Bebe told her French interviewers. The French girls can wear them if they want to, but I still don’t approve of them on American girls.^