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...
In 1915, Mack Sennett assembled the Sennett Bathing Beauties to appear in provocative bathing costumes in comedy short subjects, in promotional material, and in promotional events like Venice Beach beauty contests. Bath Beauti, Vintag, Beaches, At The Beach, Lobsters, Beauty, Bathing Beauties, Photo, Sennett Bath
“Rose” swimsuit by Catalina - circa 1950s.
Marilyn Monroe on the front cover of 'Sunbathing Review', sporting a windswept, sun-freckled look in 1958
Barbara Bradford Mann sunbathing on the Steel Pier, Atlantic City (1938)