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Oh, how far we ladies have come in history. Women are running for president. We’re leading Fortune 500 companies. And we’re not forced to sport a petticoat on the beach.

Let's all refresh ourselves on just how much has changed in our bikini-line area alone.

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1900

Bathing suit or bathing…dress?

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1910

So long, bloomers. Bare legs have emerged.

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1920

With the ’20s came even lower necklines but the same public hem-length rules.

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1930

Oh hey, spaghetti straps.

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1940

The bikini is born--just as shorts.

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1950

Guess bold colors weren’t a thing yet?

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1960

Now entering the sexual revolution and the arrival of the “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

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1970

It was an era characterized by mesh, crochet and clearly unsupportive Lycra.

1980

Ah, the faux-thletic supermodel and her fanny packs.

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1990

Nothing else came close to a Baywatch high-cut this decade.

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2000

You couldn’t throw a rock and not hit a tiny triangle top.

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2015

Here we are. The world of bloggers, the need for nostalgia and the return of the high-waisted suit. Can’t say we can complain.

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