Do you remember the swimsuit your favorite actress wore in a movie? Chances are you do. Some people think that swimsuit scenes are just a way for actresses to show off their perfect bodies, while we, mere mortals, sit there and drool at them knowing full well that we’ll probably never look like that. Others believe that it’s a way to sexualise women and sell the movie. In reality it’s probably a bit of both. But more so, those swimsuits actually form our views and tastes in fashion. The fashion industry works in mysterious ways and sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether a specific swimsuit in a movie was chosen because it was popular at the time, or was it popular because it appeared in the movie. So let’s look at some of the most iconic swimsuits in movie history.
1. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962)
This white bikini is arguably what started the Bond Girl phenomenon in the first place. Every single Bond fan remembers the moment Honey Ryder emerged out of the water in this white swimsuit. Ursula Andress looked so beautiful in it, yet dangerous, thanks to that awesome knife attached to the side of her bikini bottoms. That swimsuit ended up being quite valuable too, it was auctioned off in 2001 for $60 000.
2. Halle Berry as Jinx in Die Another Day (2002)
In cases you needed proof that Honey Ryder’s swimsuit was iconic, here’s Halle Berry playing a Bond girl in 2002. As you can see, her swimsuit is an obvious reference to Honey Ryder’s bikini. Sure, the color is completely different, but you’ve got to agree that it looks pretty freaking similar, especially with that knife tucked in on the side. They did, however, make the fit more snug, but we’re not complaining. Halle Berry looks stunning in it, and you know a swimsuit is awesome if it’s still being referenced in a movie 40 years later.