The Brigitte Bardot bikini sparked fashion trends all over the world in 1956 when the fresh-faced French beauty donned one in her film, And God Created Women.
From there, Brigitte Bardot appeared on the March 8, 1950 cover of Elle magazine.
Many trends, from the Sauerkraut hairstyle (a take on the beehive) to sexy smoldering eyes, to the popularization of bikini swimwear looks, have all been attributed to Brigitte Bardot.
Before the Brigitte Bardot bikini, most swimwear looks were rather modest.
Bardot changed all that with her voluptuous curves, bedroom eyes and lush bold locks; the beauty was too much for fashion plates to ignore, and soon the Brigitte Bardot bikini look was everywhere!