What’s Wrong with the Bikini?


According to Time Magazine, “On July 5, 1946, French engineer Louis Réard designed a garment ‘smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.’ ” Réard named his new creation the “bikini” after the nuclear tests, conducted by the U.S. on Bikini Atoll just four days earlier, in hopes that his invention would be just as explosive.

“At first, none of the Parisian models would dare to wear his design,” said Time. The garment itself was so scandalous at the time, that the only woman who would agree to model it was a nude dancer named Micheline Bernardini.

It never fails to surprise me how many Christian, and otherwise modesty conscious, young women choose to wear a bikini. I hear the argument. Times have changed. Modesty standards are different now. What used to be scandalous is now, well, normal.

Unfortunately, what is normal isn’t necessarily right.

According to National Geographic in an article discussing a study done on male behavior, “Brain scans revealed that when men are shown pictures of scantily clad women, the region of the brain associated with tool use lights up.” Some of the men in the same study showed zero activity in the areas of the brain which ponders another’s intentions or feeling, when showed pictures of women in bikinis.

Modesty is meant to veil the body and, in doing so, reveals the full dignity of the human person. The bikini does not accomplish this.

In construction, bikinis are essentially waterproof underwear. Changing the material of a garment does not make it modest. Would you wear your underwear in public? If not, then why is it okay to wear it at the pool, or the beach?

Let’s Talk! What do you think about bikinis? Are you a Christian who wears one? Why do you think it’s okay? Do you have any other opinions or ideas to bring to the table? Fire away!

For cute, modest swimwear ideas, check out my post here.

For a great talk on modesty and swimwear by Jessica Rey, check out this video!


  1. Madeleine

    I struggle with this a ton. For years I would have never even thought about a bikini due to the negative opinions my community had. I now own a variety of swim suits both takinis and bikinis both with skirted bottoms. While I won’t fight that a bikini is modest I do not think it is the worst thing a girl can wear either. There are classy bikinis that don’t over sexualize a woman. This is something I discussed a ton with my husband before I purchased one. IF he or I ever felt I was being over sexualized or lusted over by other guys it would quickly go back into my drawer

    • Personally, I’ve never seen a bikini that I could consider classy. I’ve worn bikinis in the past, and I’ve never felt comfortable in one. Could you explain to me what you mean by a “classy bikini that doesn’t over sexualize a woman?” I’m just curious and want to try to see where you are coming from! 🙂 For me, I feel like if it looks like underwear, it shouldn’t be worn in public.

  2. I have never worn a bikini. When I was younger, I simply wasn’t allowed. Today, I see that wearing one would change the way that I am perceived, and not in a good way. I would be reduced to the skin that I am showing, which would be a lot. Even when I go to the gym and use the pool there, I wear a one-piece with shorts.
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    • I wore one in high school/beginning of college (not a string bikini, but it was a two piece) simply because I didn’t know any better. I always felt very uncomfortable in one though, and usually wrapped myself in a towel until I got in the water, or wore a big t-shirt over the top. I don’t know if that was because I felt poorly about my body, or because I instinctively felt that I should be more covered up. Probably a bit of both. I feel like, a lot of the time, girls wear them because everyone else is and it never even occurs to them that it might be wrong.

      Now, I wear board shorts and a rash guard. So I pretty much feel like an epic surfer girl every time I go near water. LOL. Hopefully soon, I’ll have enough money to get a suit from Rey Swimwear, because I love them so much!

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