Hope you're not sick of birthdays, what with America's big bash yesterday. Today the bikini turns 66, having been ushered into the world by French designer Louis Réardon on July 5, 1946.

So to the bikini we say: happy birthday, old friend! Or foe really -- because has there ever been a garment we so love to hate and hate to love? We wrestle with its dark powers in poorly-lit dressing rooms and let it haunt us it as we sweat on the elliptical.

And yet the bikini has had some glorious moments that we can't help but adore, from Halle Berry's killer orange suit in "Die Another Day" to Carrie Fisher's geek-chic ensemble in "Return of the Jedi." Teen boys will never forget Phoebe Cates emerging from the swimming pool in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High," nor will little girls ever let go of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid."

So in honor of the swimsuit's big day, here's a look back at the most memorable bikini moments ever. Vote on your faves.. and let us know in the comments if we've missed a biggie!

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  • Rita Hayworth, 1941

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  • Ava Gardner, 1944


  • Barbara Stanwyck, 1944


  • Virginia Mayo, 1944


  • Barbara Laage, 1946

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  • Barbara Bates, 1948

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  • Janet Blair, 1950


  • Marilyn Monroe, 1951

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  • Brigitte Bardot, 1953

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  • Jayne Mansfield, 1955

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  • Natalie Wood, 1959

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  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1959


  • Ursula Andress in "Dr. No," 1962


  • Babette March for Sports Illustrated, 1964

  • Honor Blackman, 1964


  • Raquel Welch, 1966

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  • Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," 1982

  • Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," 1983

  • Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," 1989

  • Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," 2001

  • Tyra Banks for Sports Illustrated, 1997

  • Cameron Diaz & Demi Moore in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," 2003

  • Halle Berry in "Die Another Day," 2002

  • Kate Bosworth in "Blue Crush," 2002

  • Jessica Simpson in "These Boots Are Made For Walking," 2005

  • Jessica Alba in "Into The Blue," 2005

  • Pamela Anderson, 2006


  • Helen Mirren, 2008

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  • Pamela Anderson for PETA, 2008

  • Katy Perry in "California Gurls," 2010

  • Kate Upton for Sports Illustrated, 2012

  • Katy Perry's Bikini Body

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