Retrieved August 29, As bikinis leave most of the body exposed to potentially dangerous UV radiation, overexposure can cause sunburnskin canceras well as other acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eyes, and immune system. By the late 20th century it was widely used as sportswear in beach volleyball and bodybuilding. Wartime production during World War II required vast amounts of cotton, silk, nylon, wool, leather, and rubber. According to The GuardianBardot's photographs in particular turned Saint-Tropez into the beachwear capital of the world,  with Bardot identified as the original Cannes bathing beauty. In Europe, year-old Brigitte Bardot wore scanty bikinis by contemporary standards in the French film Manina, la fille sans voiles "Manina, the girl unveiled".
While the cynics might sneer, I think there is a kernel of truth in this.
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