This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bikini. When it first came out, religious and cultural groups were highly against it, criticizing the degree of exposure of the female body. Bikinis actually became popular when movie stars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch and Ursula Andress began wearing them on public beaches and in films.

Like the mini skirt, the two-piece swimsuit is sexy, modern, and allows freedom of movement. If it triumphed many years in most beaches, lately, we’ve been witnessing a major one-piece swimsuit comeback. And I honestly don’t get it. It seems like every thing is backwards these days. The elders hold tight to their bikinis and skinny jeans, and the youngsters go for weird things like mommy jeans and monokinis.

Sure the one-piece swimsuit looks nothing like what it was decades ago. The designs are modern and the shapes smartly enhance the female body. But as beautiful as they might be, I wouldn’t swap my bikinis for any of them. Beside the fact that swimming in a monokini is as unpleasant as working out in a thong, the beach is the only outdoor place where the body can be exposed to all four elements. So why would I cover it?!

Moreover, isn’t it a shame to hide the only body part that perfectly combines cute and sexy, namely the belly button?