The bikini is a fascinating piece of clothing. It has been around for ages. Ancient Greek portraits have been found to show women wearing bikini-resembling garments while attending the Greek Olympic Games. Ancient Roman creations also depict two women wearing separate pieces of clothing that look like bikinis. In the 1700s, a trend emerged among French women which involved wearing a silk blouse and a bottom that extended to the knees. This was one of the earliest forms of bikini, since the women wore this attire to the beach only.
Carl Jantzen was the first to create the earliest two-piece swimsuit in 1913. His design included sleeves with the top piece, and the bottom piece was basically tight shorts. The Bikini has continued to evolve since then, and today it encompasses multiple variations. These variants include the bandeaukini, a bikini whose top doesn’t have straps going over the shoulders, the microkini, which is a tremendously scanty bikini, the monokini, which basically involves wearing only one piece of the bikini, and the skirtini, which includes a small skirt with the bottom bikini piece.
Other variants include the sling bikini, which is just one piece of bikini where the top and bottom pieces are joined together with side straps, the string bikini, which is scantier and more revealing, the tankini, which includes a tanktop and a bottom piece, and lastly, the trikini, which is simply a handkerchief and two small saucers. Bikinis are widely associated with models. However, celebrities also love wearing them to the beach. Here are 24 of the hottest celebrity bikini images you will ever see:
24 Jessica Alba
Wow, that moisturized body is just scrumptious. You may know Jessica Alba from the 2000 James Cameron television series Dark Angel. She has also appeared in multiple movies such as The Love Guru, The Killer Inside Me, How to Make Love Like an Englishman, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She has also appeared in television series such as Entourage, The Office, RuPaul's Drag Race and Comedy Bang! Bang! She holds the 2001 ALMA Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award, the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Favorite Female Movie Star Award, and the 2005 Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow Award.
23 Desiree Hartsock
Desiree Hartsock is a bridal stylist that sprung into the limelight after she appeared on the ninth season of The Bachelorette. On the show, she went on dates with 25 men, all gunning to be her future husband. Through the 12 weeks, she eliminated bachelors such as Jonathan Vollinger, Micah Heisler, Nick Mucci, Brandon Andreen, Ben Scott and Michael Garofola. The last two men standing were Drew Kenney and Chris Siegfried, both of whom were 27 years of age. At the finale, Chris proposed to Desiree, and she accepted. Lucky Chris he gets to keep all this for himself. Jealous!
22 Zoe Kravitz
Zoë Isabella Kravitz is daughter to legendary Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. She is an actress and has appeared in films such as The Brave One, Assassination of a High School President, The Boy Who Smells Like Fish, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. She is also a singer best known for her Calm Down album and singles such as "Wanna Have Fun", "Summertime" and "Jimmy Franco". She has been nominated for multiple awards over the years including the Scream Award for Breakout Performance-Female and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout: Female.
21 Gigi Hadid
Gigi is a feisty and sexy model. She was named one of the 12 Sports Illustrated rookies in the magazine’s 2014 swimsuit issue. Born on April 23, 1995, Gigi stands tall at 5 ft 10 in and weighs only 126 lbs. She has appeared on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as herself and on Virgin Eyes as Andrea. She won the Model of the Year Award in 2015 at the First Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards. She has been in an on again off again relationship with Cody Simpson. They dated for a year from 2013 to May 2014 when they broke up. The two got back together but Gigi ended their relationship citing Cody’s career advancement.
20 Amber Rose
Amber Rose is just a goddess. Add in her gorgeous bod and you’ve got a woman who can give Cleopatra a run for her money. This 31-year-old American is a model, a hip-hop artist, and an actress. She has appeared on films such as Zoolander 2, Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation, Running Russell Simmons, Better Off Alone, and Sister Code. Amber has also dated two of the biggest names in hip-hop. She began a romantic relationship with Kanye West in 2008 after he spotted her in the What Them Girls Like video. She dated Wiz Khalifa from 2011 and married him in 2013. In September 22, 2014, the two divorced.
19 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian, owner of the most controversial ‘butt’ in the world. Kim sprung into the limelight from her sex tape with Ray J. She is probably the most popular socialite and model in the world today. She has made several appearances on shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model, Punk'd and The Simple Life as herself. She has also appeared on films such as Zoolander 2, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Last Man Standing, How I Met Your Mother and Deep in the Valley. She is married to Amber’s ex-boyfriend Kanye West and has a net worth of $85 million.
18 Megan Fox
Megan Fox is drop dead gorgeous, no doubt. You may recognize her from that one Two and a Half Men episode when she made Charlie Harper, Alan Harper and Jake drool over her body incessantly. She has also appeared in other films such as Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Bad Boys II, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Robot Chicken DC Universe Special, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell. She has also appeared in TV series such as Hope & Faith, What I Like About You and Robot Chicken. She also suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In an interview, she stated, “This is a sickness, I have an illness—this is not OK anymore.”
17 Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons is one of Rev Run’s daughters. Born in 1987, she attended Fashion Institute of Technology but later dropped out to become a businesswoman. She was also the editor of her own magazine called Angela's Rundown. The magazine focused on teen topics, style, music, and fashion geared to an audience of ages 14 to 19. She also dated Bow Wow, and featured in his Shortie Like Mine video. Currently, Simmons designs and runs the Pastry Footwear, a shoe line she started with her sister Vanessa. Her other siblings include Diggy Simmons, Russell Simmons II, and Joseph Simmons, Jr.
16 Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is one of the sexiest actresses and models of all time. She is best known for her appearance on The O.C. but has also appeared in numerous films including Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Better Living Through Chemistry, The Next Three Days, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, and Conversations with Other Women. Wilde has also appeared on shows such as The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, The Black Donnellys, BoJack Horseman, Tron: Uprising, and Punk'd. She won the Comedy Festival Best Actress award and Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award for her work on Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas.
15 Whitney Port
This sexy lady was born in 1985. She later graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in gender studies. Port is best known for her time at The Hills where she was a main cast member from Season one to four. She has also appeared on Entourage (season 5, episode 7), Anna & Kristina's Beauty Call, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, Hollywood is Like High School with Money, and Family Guy. She was also the narrator and main cast member of The City. In 2011, she published True Whit: Designing a Life of Style, Beauty, and Fun, and appeared in a cameo in What to Expect When You're Expecting as herself.
14 LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes is a stunning country and pop singer. At the age of 13, she released a hit song by the name "Blue" making her the youngest country music star at the time. She is also known for other hit studio albums including Everybody's Sweetheart, From My Heart to Yours, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, What a Wonderful World and Whatever We Wanna. Her incredibly talented work has earned her numerous awards and accolades including a 1997 Grammy Award for the Best New Artist, a Grammy for the Best Female Country Vocal Performance, an AMA Favorite New Artist Award, and an Academy of Country Music Single of the Year Award for "Blue".
13 Emily Ratajkowski
If you watched Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video carefully, you may have spotted Emily. This video tossed her right into the spotlight since the song became the number one song in 2013. The video was so successful that Esquire named her the "Woman of the Year". A year later, Sports Illustrated named Emily one of its 12 rookies. Top publications continued noticing her with FHM naming her the fourth sexiest woman in the world and Maxim naming her the 62nd on their annual Hot 100 list. Emily has appeared on films such as We Are Your Friends, A Year and a Day, The Spoils Before Dying, Entourage, and Gone Girl.
12 Kendall Jenner
Kendall is Kim Kardashian’s younger half-sister, and she is smoking hot. She rose to fame because of her appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians show and is an uprising model who started modeling for powerhouses such as Wilhelmina Models while she was only 14 years of age. She has modeled for Elle, Teen Vogue, Looks, Kiss and Seventeen. Kendall has presented the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards and also co-presented the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards with her sister Kylie. She has appeared in other films and shows including America's Next Top Model Cycle 18, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange and Hawaii Five-0.
11 Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley is an actress and model that has long been linked to Estée Lauder. She got her first Estée Lauder deal 20 years ago. Examples of products she modeled for the company include Sensuous, Intuition, and Pleasures perfumes. Apart from modeling, Hurley has made appearances in several movies including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Made in Romania. She has also appeared in television shows such as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Tomorrow People, and Frederick Forsyth Presents.
10 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is one of the sexiest and most successful Latinas in showbiz. Worth an estimated $300 million, this striking mother of two sprung into the limelight in 1991 in the show In Living Color. She then went on to appear in films and shows such as Parker, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, Ice Age: Continental Drift, El Cantante, Anaconda, and How I Met Your Mother. J Lo is also a successful singer. Some of her successful studio albums include This Is Me... Then, Como Ama una Mujer and J.Lo. She has dated several A-list celebrities including P Diddy, actor Ben Affleck and singer Marc Anthony.
9 Denise Richards
Many people will recognize Denise Richards from her marriage to Charlie Sheen. She is a sexy actress and once used to be a model. Her first film was the 1993 Loaded Weapon 1. Since then, she has appeared in many other films including Tammy and the T-Rex, In the Blink of an Eye, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The World Is Not Enough, Elvis Has Left the Building, Scary Movie 3, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Madea's Witness Protection and Finding Bliss. She has also appeared on The Ben Stiller Show, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Anger Management, 90210, Two and a Half Men, and Blue Mountain State.
Beyonce is the sexy, voluptuous queen of hip-hop. She is married to the king of hip-hop Jay Z and together they have one kid. This image may be old (2007), but it is one of the sexiest bikini images Beyonce has ever taken. She is worth an estimated $440 million and was always fascinated with singing since her childhood when she would participate in singing contest and sing in front of her parents. In later years, she became lead singer of the girl-group Destiny's Child. Her wide success has seen her win multiple awards and honors including 20 Grammy Awards, 1 Billboard Award, six American Music Awards and 12 BET Awards. In 2013, Guinness World Records granted her the Fastest-selling iTunes album of All Time record.
7 Eva Longoria
Apart from Eva Longoria being eye candy, she is an actress, producer, business woman and one of the richest Latinas in the world. You may know her from the widely successful Desperate Housewives TV show, but she has also appeared in countless other shows including The Young and the Restless, Beverly Hills, 90210, George Lopez, The Next Food Network Star and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Eva is also a charitable person. She founded Eva's Heroes to help developmentally disabled children. She also supports numerous other charities including PADRES Contra El Cancer, the National Stroke Association, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Rihanna has grown from a shy girl into a dazzling, confident woman over the years. Her career caught fire when she met and auditioned for the then president of Def Jam Recordings Jay Z. Music of the Sun, her first album, made its way to the top ten on the US Billboard 200. This was the same case with her second album A Girl Like Me. Her third album Good Girl Gone Bad did even better. The album had songs such as ‘Don't Stop the Music’, ‘Umbrella’, ‘Rehab’ and ‘Hate That I Love You’. Her other albums include Rated R, Talk That Talk, and Unapologetic.
5 Katy Perry
You probably didn’t know this fly lady’s real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. Katy Perry rose to fame with her 2008 album One of the Boys. The album has tracks such as the controversial ‘I Kissed a Girl’, ‘Ur So Gay’, ‘If You Can Afford Me’, and ‘Waking Up in Vegas’. She also has three more albums, namely Katy Hudson, Teenage Dream, and Prism. Teenage Dream has had the most worldwide sales selling 5,700,000 records followed by One of the Boys that has sold 5,000,000 records. Her first album Katy Hudson only managed to sell fewer than 200 copies.
This stunning beauty is a singer, dancer and model that hails from Colombia. Her first two albums were flops, however she gained traction with her third album Pies Descalzos. From there, Shakira went on to record seven more successful studio albums including Dónde Están los Ladrones?, Laundry Service, She Wolf, and Shakira. Her works have earned her many accolades including two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, one People's Choice Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. This A-list celebrity has also appeared in shows such as Ugly Betty, Wizards of Waverly Place, Saturday Night Live and Dreamland.
3 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is not only one of the best-selling music artists of all time, but also one of the hottest female celebrities ever. Throughout her career, she has moved 200 million records worldwide. Her immense success has earned her 31 Billboard Music Awards, five Grammy Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 19 World Music Awards. The Guinness World Records even refers to her as the ‘songbird supreme.’ As such, she has amassed a colossal networth of over $500 million. Her duet with Boyz to Men on "One Sweet Day" is the longest-running number-one song in U.S. chart history. She is also a philanthropic person who supports charities such as the Fresh Air Fund and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
2 Halle Berry
In 1993, this sexy lady was married to David Justice. They split four years later. In 2001, she married Eric Benét. The two split up after four years and in 2013, Halle married Olivier Martinez. She is a successful actress that has appeared on many films including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Things We Lost in the Fire, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, The Last Boy Scout, Perfect Stranger, New Year's Eve, Die Another Day and The Rich Man's Wife. She has also appeared on shows such as Their Eyes Were Watching God, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, They Came from Outer Space and Frasier.
1 Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel achieved widespread recognition from the TV series 7th Heaven. The show is the longest running family drama in TV history. Biel has also appeared on films such as Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Hole in the Paper Sky, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Total Recall, and is set to appear on The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea that comes out in 2016. Over the years, she has been nominated and has won awards such as the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film for Supporting Young Actress for her work in Ulee's Gold, and the Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Acting for her work in The Illusionist.