Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Iconic Tuesday: Swimsuits We Remember

Everyone once in a while you're reading something on the Web and you go, "Whoa, I'm probably thinking about this too much." Huffington Post readers may have caught themselves doing that while flipping through this list of the "Most Iconic Swimsuits" of all time. At any rate, the list was not bad...with the exception of a couple of WTF entries. Here's a quick overview as the culture of summer gets underway.

1979: Bo Derek in 10

No argument here. She rocked the one-piece at the dawn of the Reagan era. Only director Blake Edwards could turn a corn-rowed run down the beach into moment of arch comedy and pathos. 

1976: Farrah Fawcett Poster

The impact of this image cannot be underestimated. Shot by photographer Bruce McBroom on afternoon in Farrah Fawcett's backyard, it help create the giant photo poster industry of the 1970s.  Now the poster hangs in the Smithsonian. The shot happened when Farrah decided to cool off with a water hose.

1959: Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly Last Summer"

You would have to be lobotomized not to have this image stored in you summer memory bank.

1966: Raquel Welch in "One Million Years B.C."

Finally, a bikini--made of fur. This one has double-icon status--instantly identifiable to young boys coming of age in the mid-sixties, and to their offspring who saw it on the poster that hid Andy Dufresne's escape route in The Shawshank Redemption.

1962: Ursula Andress in "Dr. No"

The greatest bikini swimsuit to ever appear in a movie and/or photo? The answer is yes.

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