Best swimsuit moments in pop culture history

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PAMELA ANDERSON AND KELLY ROHRBACH IN BAYWATCH Pamela Anderson slipped into the perilously high-cut red lifeguard tank from 1992-1997, officially making one-pieces hot again. In 2016, model Kelly Rohrbach is filling her shoes (or suit, rather) in the upcoming Baywatch film, costarring Zac Efron and The Rock.

DR. NO, Ursula Andress, 1962. URSULA ANDRESS IN DR. NO The 1962 scene of Andress emerging from the water in a white buckled bikini remains one of the most iconic James Bond scenes of all time – for obvious reasons.

 

DIE ANOTHER DAY, Halle Berry, 2002, (c) MGM/courtesy Everett Collection. HALLE BERRY IN DIE ANOTHER DAY Berry famously wore an orange buckled bikini (in homage to Andress) for the 2002 Bond film.

8423301 trax#Splash_EXCLUSIVE Daniel Craig and Eva Green on set of James Bond, Bahamas

DANIEL CRAIG IN CASINO ROYALE Not all of Bond’s biggest bathing moments belong to women. Craig’s tiny swim trunks made his first foray as Bond (in 2006) incredibly memorable.

CAMERON DIAZ AND DEMI MOORE IN CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE We’re pretty sure “full throttle” refers to how we attacked our ab workouts after watching this scene in the 2003 film.

CAMERON DIAZ AND DEMI MOORE IN CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
We’re pretty sure “full throttle” refers to how we attacked our ab workouts after watching this scene in the 2003 film.

FARRAH FAWCETT This simple red Speedo swimsuit (from a 1976 pinup) isn’t just iconic, it’s historic: It was donated to the Smithsonian in 2011.

FARRAH FAWCETT
This simple red Speedo swimsuit (from a 1976 pinup) isn’t just iconic, it’s historic: It was donated to the Smithsonian in 2011.

ASHLEY GRAHAM ON THE 2016 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE The size-16 model’s sexy cover ushered in a new era of body representation in the magazine’s special issue devoted to finding new and creative ways to barely cover the female form.

ASHLEY GRAHAM ON THE 2016 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE
The size-16 model’s sexy cover ushered in a new era of body representation in the magazine’s special issue devoted to finding new and creative ways to barely cover the female form.

KATE BOSWORTH IN BLUE CRUSH Bosworth made mix-and-match bikinis ­— and rock-hard abs — all the rage in 2002, thanks to her breakout role as surfer Anne Marie Chadwick.

KATE BOSWORTH IN BLUE CRUSH
Bosworth made mix-and-match bikinis ­— and rock-hard abs — all the rage in 2002, thanks to her breakout role as surfer Anne Marie Chadwick.

RACHEL MCADAMS IN THE NOTEBOOK When you look at this photo from the 2004 Nicholas Sparks sob-fest, you should think two things: 1) “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” And 2) How cuuute is that swimsuit?!

RACHEL MCADAMS IN THE NOTEBOOK
When you look at this photo from the 2004 Nicholas Sparks sob-fest, you should think two things: 1) “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” And 2) How cuuute is that swimsuit?!

PHOEBE CATES IN FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH Sure, Cates is more well known for taking off her bikini top in the 1982 teen flick, but the girls in the audience knew her cute red two-piece was an equally memorable moment.

PHOEBE CATES IN FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Sure, Cates is more well known for taking off her bikini top in the 1982 teen flick, but the girls in the audience knew her cute red two-piece was an equally memorable moment.

MARILYN MONROE The star had more than a few good swimsuit moments, but we’re partial to this high-waisted polka-dot bikini, circa 1951. (Somewhere, Taylor Swift just got inspired.)

MARILYN MONROE
The star had more than a few good swimsuit moments, but we’re partial to this high-waisted polka-dot bikini, circa 1951. (Somewhere, Taylor Swift just got inspired.)

ANGELINA JOLIE IN TOMB RAIDER Jolie’s sporty black bikini in the 2001 film proves that you don’t have to be wearing much to look like a total badass.

ANGELINA JOLIE IN TOMB RAIDER
Jolie’s sporty black bikini in the 2001 film proves that you don’t have to be wearing much to look like a total badass.

BO DEREK IN 10 The 1979 film’s title refers to Derek being a perfect 10. Can’t imagine why…

BO DEREK IN 10
The 1979 film’s title refers to Derek being a perfect 10. Can’t imagine why…

BRIGITTE BARDOT IN THE GIRL IN THE BIKINI The 1952 French film marked one of the first times a bikini was worn in a movie (made even more controversial because Bardot was only 17 at the time).

BRIGITTE BARDOT IN THE GIRL IN THE BIKINI
The 1952 French film marked one of the first times a bikini was worn in a movie (made even more controversial because Bardot was only 17 at the time).

BROOKLYN DECKER IN JUST GO WITH IT Apparently this was a 2011 movie starring Adam Sandler, but to be honest all we remember is Decker’s super-sexy yellow bikini.

BROOKLYN DECKER IN JUST GO WITH IT
Apparently this was a 2011 movie starring Adam Sandler, but to be honest all we remember is Decker’s super-sexy yellow bikini.

 

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