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The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Reard, the inventor of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place.
Fashion designer Jacques Heim, Also from Paris, invented a Similar design in the same year.
Due to its controversial and revealing design, the bikini was slow to be-adopted. In many countries it was banned from beaches and public places.
The Holy See declared the design sinful.  While still Considered Risque the bikini Gradually Became a part of popular culture when filmstars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others Began wearing them on public beaches and in the film.
The bikini design Became common in most western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear, swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century it had as sportswear Become common in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. Variations of the terms are used to describe stylistic variations for promotional purposes and industry classifications, like monokini, microkini, tankini, trikini, pubikini, bandeaukini and skirtini.