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!