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Irina Shayk | Sports Illustrated photoshoot | Hawaii | May 4, 2014 [ via ITR2010 ]

more pictures )

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Heidi Klum & Vito Schnabel | Tulum, Mexico | April 15, 2014

125+143=268 pics under the cut )

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Edita Vilkevičiūtė with Sigutė Krilavičiūtė: Saint Barth, FWI | April 3, 2014

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Anja Rubik & Andreea Diaconu in Vogue Paris june-July/2013, photographed by Mario Sorrenti
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Edita Vilkevičiūtė in Vogue Paris June-July/2013, Vagues à l’âme photographed by Gilles Bensimon [ via tFS ].
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Andreea Diaconu in Vogue Paris june-July/2013, photographed by Mario Sorrenti [ via tFS ]
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Emily DiDonato in Double #25 Spring-Summer/2013, Baywatch photographed by Dan Martensen [ via ITR2010 ].
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Toni Garrn, St. Barts February/26/2013. Presumably a Victoria's Secret photoshoot.
[ via ITR2010 ]
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Helmut Newton, South France, 1970s
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Edward Weston, Nude on Sand, Oceano, 1936
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Isabeli Fontana in no.22 (2010) issue of Muse magazine, photographed by Terry Tsiolis.
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Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse in Jalouse February/2011, Bo photographed by Matthew Frost [ via tFS ].
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Sophie Vlaming in 24/May/2012 issue of Grazia France, White Light photographed by Richard Bernardin on location in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe [ via tFS ].

P.S. А всё [livejournal.com profile] libellula с её сегодняшним пляжным настороением ;))
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Gisele Bundchen in June-July/2012 issue of Vogue Paris, Perfect Girl photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin [ via tFS ].
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Bar Refaeli in May/2012 issue of Elle Spain, Happy Body photographed by Matt Jones [ via tFS ].
HQ, but posted at ImgBox, which appears to be quite finicky, so be patient :)

Also, backstage video:

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Anne Vyalitsyna in Ponystep magazine, California Dreaming photographed by Doug Inglish [ via tFS ].
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Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich monikini
photographed by William Claxton, 1964
In 1964, swimsuit designer Rudi Gernreich[wiki] showcased the first monokini[wiki], a topless swimsuit.

As reported by BikiniScience.com, Gernreich begins experimenting as early as 1962 -- he considers the solo bikini bottom but feels it is simply evolutionary, "not a design," and creates a strapped topless maillot instead. An early prototype appears in Look magazine in 1963 as part of an article on futuristic fashions. Gernreich arranges for William Claxton to photograph his wife, Peggy MoffittMoffitt[wiki], and presents the pictures to the fashion press. The first photograph of Gernreich's design, a back view, is published in Look on June 2, 1964, and the first front view is shown by Women's Wear Daily the following day. Newsweek prints a back view on June 8th.

Gernreich's topless maillot[www] might have remained a fashion footnote but instead it is catapulted into national attention when a 19 year-old model, Toni Lee Shelley, wears Gernreich's creation on a Chicago beach in late June and is arrested and charged with indecent exposure. That news makes the national wire services and Life Magazine.

Two weeks later, Life compliments this coverage with a fashion feature on the broader subject. Life tells photographer Bill Claxton that "this is a family magazine, and naked breasts are only allowed if the woman is an aborigine." But they agree to run a photograph of Moffett wearing the suit but with her crisscrossed arms diplomatically blocking her nipples. Besides resolving a hands-covering-bare-breasts shot, Life handles the topless in other ways too. Life does display the full-figured costume underwater, in what is perhaps one of the most interesting censorships of all time. They also provide a back view a la a fitting room. These treatments of Gernreich's maillot reflect Life's uncertainty about dealing with the topless issue directly.
"And here is the topless suit that started the whole thing. 'I really rattled the world,' says Rudi. 'The topless suit isn't lewd, though the attitude with which it is worn may be. Sex isn't what a woman puts on--or what she takes off either.'"

--Life magazine, 1964

Peggy photographed by William Claxton[wiki] wearing an allegedly first topless design by Rudi.

Peggy Moffitt in
10/July/1964 issue of LIFE magazine
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Saint-Tropez, Côte d'Azur,
c. 1967
If anybody must get credit for popularizing the bikini in the world it is Brigitte Bardot. The bikini becomes such an integral part of Bardot's career that she becomes The Bikini Girl.

It is somewhat less known that BB played an important role in taking a step further and popularizing topless sunbathing. As Bikini Science puts it: "Brigitte Bardot Invents Topless Beach" [www]:
At Cannes, the site of a major international film festival, a horde of obliging movie starlets doff their tops and vie for the riotous attention of a horde of photographers snapping their pictures--and sending the message around the world. The monokini movement gains momentum when young French actress Brigitte Bardot introduces topless sunbathing at the Byblos Hotel in St. Tropez in 1967.
Same claim is made in a Telegraph article few years back:
The beaches where Brigitte Bardot first introduced the world to topless sunbathing are undergoing a mass cover up as French women ditch their penchant for a little harmless nudity.
which, rather unfortunately, also informs us that -so to speak- the tide is changing. But according to another somewhat more recent Telegraph report not everything is lost just yet :)

Le Roi topelss est mort, vive le Roi topless!

Without further ado -- Brigitte Bardot, ladies and gentlemen! )

Cannes, 1953
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Elle Macpherson at Harbour Island, Bahamas for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, All-Star Model Cover Model Reunion photographed by: Raphael Mazzucco.

It's not that I'm unfamiliar with SI Swimsuit photography paradigm of trying to show as much skin as possible yet without overstepping certain boundaries of modesty, but strategic placing of "Godiva hair" seems -for the lack of better word- out of place here :)

Elle in Saint-Tropez on board of ALIOSHA VIII of RURIK in the same year of 2006. And interestingly enough in the company of Arpad Busson about a year after the two of them split up. three more pics )


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