The Brazilian Bikini

The other Girl from Ipanema

The other
Girl from Ipanema

Do you know the story of the first infamous Brazilian bikini?  It happened quite by chance, back in the early 1970’s, in the area of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.  The story begins with an aspiring young Brazilian model named Rose de Primo.  Allegedly, Rose received a modelling job offer that required her to wear a bikini.  Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately) Rose didn’t own a bikini, couldn’t afford to buy a bikini and her mother wouldn’t make her one so…she decided to make a bikini for herself.  She used her underwear as a pattern but she soon realized that she didn’t have enough fabric to complete the whole bikini (she must not have started with much!).  Rose then used only the front and the back part of the bikini bottoms and tied them together on the sides with string.  She liked the way it looked and followed the same idea for the bikini top and…voilà!…the Brazilian String Bikini was born.

Rose de Primo

Rose de Primo

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3 thoughts on “The Brazilian Bikini

  1. Bought my first bikini in rio in 76 and thought they had given me two tops because the bottom was sooooo small … Lol …

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