The Top 10 Iconic Swimwear Moments

From the surf to the sand, see who made the list of iconic moments in swimwear.

Brigitte! Taylor! Pamela! Whether gracing the big screen or snapped while on vacation, movie stars and style icons of past and present are great references for figure-flattering swimsuits. With summer quickly approaching, we could all use some beach bombshell inspiration—and why not learn from the best? Here, 10 memorable swimsuit looks worth making your own.

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A white crochet bikini is not the easiest kind of swimsuit to wear—unless, of course, you are Pam Grier. The American actress nailed her poolside look in the '70s by pairing her swimwear with a gold chain necklace and oversize sunglasses. Her toned abs are something to admire, but, really, it's her carefree attitude that has us pining for summer. How many days to go?

Brigitte Bardot has always been an effortless beauty. One can imagine there are countless shots like this one, where the actress is a study in insouciance while sunbathing in the south of France. Her floral-print, bandeau bikini is surprisingly modern, and it's quite easy to find iterations in the latest swimwear collections. But while you can definitely replicate her swimsuit's look, that je ne sais quoi will take a little more practice.

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From her sun-kissed skin to her curve-hugging, gold swimsuit, everything about Bo Derek in 10 is spot-on. She played the girl of Dudley Moore's dreams, literally, and we have to admit that a body like that is quite the fantasy. While we're at it, let's give Derek props for her slow-motion run, which is one aspect of her breakthrough role that we would leave solely to her.

With a nickname like "The Body," Elle Macpherson could probably take multiple spots on this list. We are opting to highlight a simple moment from one of her countless Sports Illustrated shoots, in which she proves that, sometimes, less really is more. Wearing a simple black tank-style maillot, she looks fierce and flawless.

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We are fairly sure that Bond girls are required to have out-of-this-world bodies—but Halle Berry's physique in Die Another Day is next-level. When she slipped into her role as NSA operative Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson, she also slipped into that hard-to-forget orange bikini, which, complete with a white belt and large knife (an homage to Ursula Andress's getup in Dr. No), looked nothing short of badass.

When reminiscing about the '90s hit television show Baywatch, it's hard not to picture Pamela Anderson's beach blonde locks and her high-cut, fire-engine red one-piece bathing suit. Of course, it also starred David Hasselhoff in his heyday, but nothing seems to matter as much as Anderson. She was the picture of health, always running on the sand to rescue beachgoers. And that not only made her a household name, but it no doubt gave lifeguards everywhere a skip in their step. The movie is due next year. Fingers crossed.

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If anyone embodies Old Hollywood glamour, it's Marilyn Monroe. While lounging in the sun in a white swimsuit and plexiglass heels, she looks just as great as she did in her famous halter-neck dress. Complete with gold hoop earrings and a bright red lip, her outfit serves up stellar warm-weather style inspiration. But it's her joie de vivre that is most enticing.

While there are plenty of memorable moments in The Talented Mr. Ripley, it's Gwyneth Paltrow's printed two-piece bathing suit that constantly reminds us how to dress when vacationing on the Mediterranean coast. Whether hanging on the arm of Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) or relaxing on a lounge chair at the beach, Paltrow was a sight to behold. This is one debutante to take summer style cues from.

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It's difficult to call out exactly what makes Demi Moore look so amazing in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Yet, it's worth a try: There is her just-out-of-the-ocean hair, the sculpted legs that could put any fashion model's to shame, and the fact that she's carrying a surfboard—which automatically makes her a girl we'd like to hang out with. Here's hoping that catching some waves looks this good on us, too.

When it comes to inhibition, Linda Barrett, Phoebe Cates' character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, has it in spades. Case in point: the bikini drop scene that boys who were in their adolescence in the 1980s will never, ever, forget. Most girls, however, will remember the perfect, teeny-weeny, red bikini that she flaunted while climbing out of the pool. Taken together, and you have one of the more iconic pop culture reference points in bathing suit history.

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