Annette Kellerman Revere Beach“It’s hard to believe today, but this woman was arrested for public indecency after stepping out in public wearing this bathing suit. Swimmer Annette Kellermann was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency in this fitted one-piece. The year was 1907.”

Ms. Kellerman was almost certainly wearing a corset under the swimsuit as well. Swimsuit photos from this era reveal a feminine ideal very different from what was to follow. The perfect woman was wide in the hips. Her breasts were full, not perky. It was a much more natural look, even with the corset.



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