Swimsuit season is all but upon us, and it's time to stock up on bathing suits. If the beach or the pool — or both — is calling your name (raises hand), you're going to want to be prepared. And no, we don't mean by starting a crash diet or hitting the gym.
Best Swimsuit Moments in History
Because every body is a beach body, all you really need to get fully water-wardrobe ready is a little inspiration. That's why we've rounded up the 15 most iconic swimsuit moments of all time. From Ursula Andress to Ashley Graham, these are the ultra-confident bathing beauties we're channelling this season.
In 1962's Dr. No, Andress emerged from the ocean.
Marilyn had more than her fair share of swimsuit moments, but this shot of the fresh-faced starlet in a frilly striped bikini and cork sandals is the stuff retro dreams are made of.
As Baywatch's C.J. Parker, the blonde bombshell of the '90s redefined swim style — and lifeguard expectations — for a generation.
Diana was known for bucking convention. The princess first made headlines in 1982 when she was spotted in a bikini (gasp!) while pregnant with Prince William. In 1997, she still had the paps snapping away as she rocked a leopard print maillot in St. Tropez.
The unofficial queen of the early 2000s, Hilton made headlines when she wore a scandalous monokini to hawk the "Spicy BBQ Six Dollar Burger" in a Carl's Jr. commercial. Apparently, heiresses dig fast food, too.
The metal bikini! The long braid! As Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi, Carrie was the prisoner that launched a thousand crushes (including Ross's on Friends).
In 1979, Derek made waves as cornrow-clad Samantha Taylor in the movie 10.
In 2008, before she was a fashion icon, beauty mogul, and mother of three, she was just Kim, Paris Hilton's "stylist" friend. And she rocked sarongs over her bikinis, just like you and me.
Gigi and co. splashed through the finale of Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2016 show at New York Fashion Week. The supermodel endured negative comments about her body via social media (really?) and took to Instagram to set the record straight about her work ethic and her body pride. Yes, girl.
As first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy set style trends for decades to come. In 1962, she proved her fashion sense extended to the beach as well while on vacation in Italy.
You'd be hard pressed to find a shot of Elizabeth Taylor where she doesn't look iconic, but her classic white swimsuit look in 1959's Suddenly Last Summer is as fashion muse-worthy as it gets.
The model and body diversity game-changer made history as the first-ever size 16 cover model for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Clearly, she made an impact: Graham has appeared in every subsequent issue since.
Welch made one sexy cavewoman as tribeswoman Leana in the 1966 film One Million Years B.C.. Her tattered two piece look is arguably more famous than the movie itself.
In the 1960s, teenage beach party movies were all the rage, and most famously featured Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon as the fun-loving protagonists. We'd argue that Annette's hair and her swim wardrobe, including this netted number, were the real stars.
It's rare that we get to spot our first ladies in swimwear, but in 1998, photogs caught a sweet shot of Bill Clinton and Hillary sharing a beach dance in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hillary's scoop-back one piece was the height of '90s mom style — that being said, we can picture any number of It girls rocking this look today.
We told you teenage beach culture was big in the '60s. Playing boy-crazy teen Gidget in the eponymous television series, Field slipped into more than a few cute suits. That includes this high-waisted knit number that rivals anything Taylor Swift has worn.