"The comfort that I felt in a swimsuit was from knowing I could get to the end of the pool first," Esther Williams once told The Huffington Post.

The swimming legend died today at the age of 91, but she left an indelible mark on the style world. Throughout her career, Williams was the picture of aquatic elegance in classic bikinis and one-pieces, including her favorite pink maillot from 1944's "Bathing Beauty." She later went on to release her own line of swimwear, which centered around subtly sexy one-pieces and retro bikinis.

As an Olympic swimmer-turned-actress, she shined in musicals like "Easy To Love," "Jupiter's Darling" and, of course, "Million Dollar Mermaid," which soon became her nickname. We dug up a stunning photo of Williams wearing one of her iconic swimsuits circa 1945 below. Take a look and tell us how the late star influenced your poolside fashion.

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How do today's celebs compare?

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