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...


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Vintage sunbathing beauties!

Vintage sunbathing beauties!

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Sunbathing fun, 1915

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waves

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mermaid black white retro photograph pin up fish hook anchor bathing beauty

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“Rose” swimsuit by Catalina - circa 1950s.

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who's got this Betty Page photo?

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#vintage summer

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Before her discovery in 1946 just four years earlier, she was Norma Jeane Dougherty, the wife of a Merchant Marine & a worker in a munitions factory. She's 24 years old in this picture, taken in 1950. ~ LIFE photographer Ed Clark

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Miss Norma jean

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Marilyn Monroe on the beach by Andre de Dienes in 1949.

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

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Jean Shrimpton

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Marilyn Monroe sports a pretty polka dot bikini

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Marilyn looking like a Goddess on a sun lounger

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

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Day at the beach

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1920s sunbathing illustration

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1950s beach babe in a polkadot cozzie

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Photographic Print of 1950s sunbathing from Mary Evans

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Vintage Astral skin cream advert

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

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Marilyn Monroe looking stunning in a bikini and heels

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Betty Grable Sunbathing

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Ginger Rogers Sunbathing

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Eva Braun was occasionally seen sunbathing and swimming nude.

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Sunbathing in Portugal, 1930

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