In the run up to the hottest weekend of the year (so far) HuffPost UK Lifestyle are delighted to wish the bikini a very happy birthday.
First created in 1946 by French auto-engineer Louis Reard, the bikini has grown in popularity over the years and is now a holiday staple.
While the bikini is sometimes controversial -- *nods head to the obsession over getting the ultimate 'bikini body'* -- it is ultimately extremely practical -- I mean, who doesn't want to tan their tummy?
We celebrate the two-piece's 67th birthday by
envying admiring our favourite bikini icons.
From bond girls Halle Berry and Ursula Andress to the muscular Serena Williams and long-limbed Myleene Klass, here are the women of whom Monsieur Reard would be proud.
Who is your ultimate bikini icon? Let us know in the comments below.
But bikinis aren't all about celebs. Here are some more beach bodies from HuffPost readers :-)