It’s almost the best time of the year! SPRING BREAK is quickly approaching! Most of you will be traveling somewhere warm and probably be wearing swimsuits. Unfortunately I didn’t prepare myself very well, so this week I will be spending most of my time in the gym…. Besides the fact that I need to work on my swimsuit figure, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting information about swimsuits!
* The release of the popular song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” in 1960 rocketed the bikini swimsuit into a position of popular culture icon.
* The bikini was originally shunned in many countries throughout the world and took quite some time to gain in popularity. In fact, the wearing of bikinis was actually banned at the 1951 Miss World pageant. It was believed that contestants wearing bikinis in the swimsuit competition would have an unfair advantage over their more modest competitors.
* In Australia, Speedos are called “Budgy Smugglers” a term which is derived from the name of a small parrot, the domestic budgerigar. Apparently, the body-hugging swimwear looks as if it is attempting to conceal a parrot when viewed from the front.
* The bikini is named after the islands in the Bikini Atoll in the North Pacific’s Marshall Islands where the U.S. tested the atomic bomb in 1946. Both the tiny swimsuit and the bomb had an explosive influence American culture.
* Speedo is currently the world’s largest-selling swimwear brand. The company was founded in 1914 by hosiery manufacturer Alexander McRae. The name was created by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan “Speed on in your Speedos.”
In the mean time, here is a video to help you get that Bikini Beach Body!!