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No need to stop celebrating on July 5—it's National Bikini Day! To capture the spirit of the occasion, here are 25 stars from the decades when the abbreviated swimsuit went from scandalous to mainstream.
On the set of 1968's "The Biggest Bundle of Them All," with co-stars Vittorio De Sica (standing) and Edward G. Robinson. The Golden Age tough guy was impressed. "I must say, she has quite a body," he said.
In a bikini with a headscarf to match. This shot was taken in the mid-'60s, around the time she starred in "Sex and the Single Girl."
On the French Riviera in the 1950s, the groundbreaking star of "The Girl in the Bikini."
Posing in a brand-new bikini (with price tag still attached) for her husband Arthur Miller, circa 1960.
Stretching out in the surf in the mid-'60s.
In 1969, the year she recorded the erotic duet "Je t'aime ... moi non plus" with her paramour Serge Gainsbourg. Banned in several countries, the single went on to sell more than 4 million copies.
In the iconic white bikini from the first James Bond movie, 1962's "Dr. No."
The star of "Valley of the Dolls," which came out in 1967, two years before the shocking Manson murders.
During the filming of the 1970 comedy "There's a Girl in My Soup." At the time, Goldie was a regular on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," famous for her bikini and painted body.
When she starred in 1954's "The Barefoot Contessa," a Saturday Review critic called her "one of the most breathtaking creatures on earth."
On the beach in 1975. Newsweek upped the ante, calling her "the most beautiful film actress of all time."
She played "Domino" in 1965's "Thunderball." As a teenager, the Paris-born actress was first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest.
"I ate like a horse," the supermodel later insisted, though it wasn't evident in 1967, the year she became a global sensation.
She was arguably the first supermodel, according to Harper's Bazaar. Here, Veruschka poses in a hammock for Vogue in 1968, the year she made a brief but memorable appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blowup."
In the early '60s, with boyfriend/director Roger Vadim.
In the mid-'60s, around the time she was cast in "I Dream of Jeannie."
Modeling a turquoise bikini for Glamour, the magazine that launched her career, in 1968.
"I must be dreaming," says James Bond when he first meets her—as Pussy Galore—in 1964's "Goldfinger."
Another Bond girl. Known mainly for comedies and horror movies, she appeared with Roger Moore in 1973's "Live and Let Die."
Jill St. John
Around 1960, when the famously bright actress (IQ: 162) co-starred in the fantasy adventure film "The Lost World."
Chatting on the phone on her 21st birthday—April 23, 1963—one month before the release of "Tammy and the Doctor."
On the set of "The Bravados," a 1958 Gregory Peck western.
Posing on a diving board circa 1955, about 15 years before she became Shirley Partridge.
In a string bikini top, featured in Vogue, 1977.
Photo by Arthur Elgort/Conde Nast
A crowd gathers as "la blonde explosive" poses in a fountain at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.
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