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Vintage sunbathing beauties!

Sunbathing didn't become popular in Britain or America until the 1920s, when Coco Channel sparked the trend by sporting a deep, golden tan after holidaying in the French Riviera. Before that, upper class women had religiously protected their skin from the sun's rays, as tanned skin was an indication that you were poor and worked outside in the fields. Vintage Seekers takes a look back at some of the most stylish sun seekers and beach babes throughout the twentieth century...

“Rose” swimsuit by Catalina - circa 1950s.

who's got this Betty Page photo?

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Crawford sharing a beach chair in Malibu,1929.

Marilyn looking like a Goddess on a sun lounger

Marilyn Monroe on the front cover of 'Sunbathing Review', sporting a windswept, sun-freckled look in 1958

1920s sunbathing illustration

Photographic Print of 1950s sunbathing from Mary Evans

Vintage Astral skin cream advert

Barbara Bradford Mann sunbathing on the Steel Pier, Atlantic City (1938)

Marilyn Monroe looking stunning in a bikini and heels

Betty Grable Sunbathing

Ginger Rogers Sunbathing

Eva Braun was occasionally seen sunbathing and swimming nude.

Sunbathing in Portugal, 1930