The History of the Bikini

Movie star Kirk Douglas frolics on the Cannes beach with a young French actress called Bridget Bardot
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And God Created Bardot
Movie star Kirk Douglas frolics on a Cannes beach with the young French actress Bridget Bardot, who was widely credited with popularizing the bikini. It's been said that Bardot did more for France's international trade balance than the entire French car industry.

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