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From bikinis to burkinis, regulating what women wear

In the midst of France's fight over banning the burkini, the bikini is celebrating its 70th anniversary

Alissa J Rubin  |  Paris 

The policeman in the photo is nattily attired and appears to have a slight smirk as he writes out a ticket for the woman standing before him awkwardly in her offending swimwear; perhaps he enjoys making her feel uncomfortable. No, she is not wearing a burkini. The photo dates from 1957. The woman is wearing a bikini on the beach at Rimini on Italy's Adriatic coast. At the time, Italy prohibited the revealing bathing suit; it was too immodest to be worn in public. In the midst of France's fight over banning the burkini, the bikini is celebrating its 70th anniversary, and photographs ...

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First Published: Mon, August 29 2016. 00:09 IST
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