#TBT: Glam Vintage Snaps of Hollywood Icons on the Beach

No offense, swimsuit models of today, but the stars of the 20th century – Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner – knew how to work it

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JOAN CRAWFORD

JOAN CRAWFORD
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The year: Early 1930s
The look: A low-backed bathing suit

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MARILYN MONROE

MARILYN MONROE
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The year: 1955
The look: A dark bikini, worn as only she knew how

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SOPHIA LOREN

SOPHIA LOREN
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The year: 1963
The look: Shorts, a halter top and heels!
The place: Italy

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GRACE KELLY

GRACE KELLY
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The year: 1955
The look: A white one-piece, head wrap and sunglasses
The place: Filming To Catch a Thief on a Côte d'Azur beach in Southern France

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JANE RUSSELL

JANE RUSSELL
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The year: 1954
The look: A black bikini with a train falling behind

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AUDREY HEPBURN

AUDREY HEPBURN
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The year: 1951
The look: A dotted bikini under a yellow jacket, topped off with a straw hat

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR

ELIZABETH TAYLOR
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The year: 1956
The look: A patterned white one-piece
The place: Malibu, California

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BRIGITTE BARDOT

BRIGITTE BARDOT
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The year: 1953
The look: A starfish-printed bikini
The place: Cannes, France

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DEBBIE REYNOLDS

DEBBIE REYNOLDS
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The year: 1955
The look: A green-and-white bikini

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RITA HAYWORTH

RITA HAYWORTH
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The look: A high-waisted white bikini (and a burger!)

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BETTE DAVIS

BETTE DAVIS
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The year: 1930
The look: A sleek black one-piece

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GINGER ROGERS

GINGER ROGERS
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The year: 1936
The look: A shiny black suit and classic round shades

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AVA GARDNER

AVA GARDNER
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The year: 1943
The look: A shimmering two-piece (with a skirt!)

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