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The term bikini traditionally refers to a two-piece swimsuit that reveals generous portions of a woman’s midriff, back, and thighs. The bikini is currently the most revealing swimsuit option available for women (although maillot swimsuits with cutouts are certainly quite revealing). Many women choose the bikini because of its sexy style and rather explosive history. Just as the bikini shocked its male and female observers in 1946, this now immensely popular swimsuit continues to shock the world with its rather enigmatic style and design.

There are currently several different popular styles and types of bikinis. Besides the general uniting definition of a two-piece style of swimsuit that bonds these bikinis, they often have very little else in common. Some bikinis can offer a large amount of coverage, while other bikinis provide only the barest amount of coverage considered socially acceptable. Bikini tops come in several different styles and cuts, including a halter-style neck that offers more coverage and support, a strapless bandeau that minimizes large breasts, and the more traditional triangle cups that lift and shape the breasts. Bikini bottoms, also, can vary in their style and cut and in the amount of coverage they offer. Bottom coverage can range anywhere from complete underwear-style coverage to almost full exposure (as evidenced by the ever more popular thong bikini).

With all of the options available to women in terms of style, the bikini is currently the most popular swimsuit choice among young women. It will likely remain as one of the sexiest and most popular swimsuit styles currently available.

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