10 surprising facts about the itsy bitsy bikini

The 5th of July is celebrated as International Bikini Day to commemorate the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard.

While the two-piece fad caught on like wild fire over the decades, on the silver screen, sporting fields, and various other walks of life, few people are aware of its roots and versatility.

Discover 10 surprising facts about this sexy piece of garment as you hit the closest beach to spend the day.