Stylish at the beach in 1905
Newspaper advertisement for a bathing suit mentions a snug cuff at the knee!
Swimwear has changed. In this photo, one swimmer is showing her knees! And it was unusual or "bad" if a woman would allow her navel (belly button) to show.
Scantier - "It is a lot easier to swim in."
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Too much skin showing? Measure to see if she is wearing acceptable swimwear.
Right or wrong, as swimwear has changed, more skin
The eternal question: How much skin is acceptable to show?
Eating the forbidden fruit instantly produced a negative side effect for Adam and Eve. According to Genesis, they realized they were naked and therefore covered themselves with fig leaves. Things rapidly went downhill after that. Now those fig leaves have become a subject of study and consternation for many art restorers at work on Italian Renaissance masterpieces.
An important test case has recently been resolved involving Masaccio's 15th-century frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence. The issue was whether or not to remove fig leaves added to the frescoes by a latter-day censor. The verdict, which may set a precedent, was back to nature.
In art or for swimwear, what shall we show?
Olympic Swimmers are seen wearing their racing swimwear.
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