History of the Thong Bikini

Learn everything there is to know about the thong bikini

Definition of the Thong Bikini

A two-piece swimsuit that consiststypically of a triangular patch of fabric covering the female genitals with anarrow strip of fabric that travels between the legs and attaches at the backto a waistband or string. Its inherent design and purpose is to expose thefemale buttocks. Other names or styles of the thong bikini include theG-string, Tonga and Tanga.

History of the thong bikinis

The thong is said to originally have been a direct descendant of the loincloth or chamois which is likely one of the original forms of human clothing in warmer climates.

The first ever reference of the thong wasin 1939 by the New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who stated that nude dancersmust wear appropriate dress and so the thong bikini bottom began its longjourney of acceptance.

With this said, Rudi Gernreich wasofficially credited with designing and producing the first true beach thongswimsuit in 1974. Now again the history on this enticing little swimsuit is vague to say the least, otherhistorians  feel that the first thongsshowed up on beaches in Brazil in 1977 with possibly two names, Tonga’s orTanga’s, depending on who you talk to.

Attitudes towards the thong or G-stringbikini were varied deepening on geographical locations and more importantlyindifferent societies. 

In the late 70’s the thong bikini engagedin its long journey to acceptance on Brazilian beaches. It quickly gainedacceptance. In North America however the thong had many hurdles to cross beforeit would be  widly accepted.

Many beaches throughout the US banned thethong until the start of the Millennium to the point that heft fines wereissued.

Today the this rear exposing swimsuit is now widely accepted on all beaches throughout the US Canada and Mexico.

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