The origin of this term comes from the Bikini Atoll. This island chain in the
Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean became famous for the location of the first peacetime atomic bomb tests by the . After the Second World War the United Nations developed a program where wealthy countries would ‘look after’ smaller countries and help them to develop. The United States decided to help the people of the Bikini Atoll by removing them from their island and proceeded to blast the island with more then 15 atomic bomb tests starting in July 1946. The people of the island chain were assured that they would be able to return to their island after the testing was complete. Clearly this was not the case due to the extreme levels of radiation left over from the tests. U.S.
After the publicity of the tests a French fashion designer named Louis Reard launched an aggressive marketing campaign for his revealing new swimsuit: the bikini. People loved the new swimsuit at first but it did not take long for Catholic countries to begin banning the new bikini and
|Atomic bomb tests on Bikini|
As for the people of
Bikini, they were soon forgotten. Many were resettled on other islands and the did try to bring them back to their island but many refused believing that it was not safe. The people of Bikini have launched a number of lawsuits before the U.S. Federal Court with the backing of the authorities of the U.S. . Marshall Islands
For all the women, and some men, who enjoy wearing their bikinis don’t forget about the people of
Bikini and their sacrifice for fashion.