Those little pieces of fabric known as the bikini were once revolutionary because of what they didn't do: Didn't cover the belly button, didn't hide the belly, didn't mask the swell of the breasts.
At the time when bikini was made, it couldn't even find a respectable model for itself.
Sixty years later, it's hard to imagine a sea that is not embellished with women wearing colorful bikinis basking in the sun.
The newly released, The Bikini Book (Assouline, $29.99) authored by Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a socialite and former model talks about bikini's social, political and sexual reverberations.
Not only a bikini, but the changing female anatomy sporting the garment, also is the focus of the book. It discusses the evolution of bikini from an erotic garment to something that doesn't even gets a raised brow these days.