Bikini has came a long way since 1946. It’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In conjunction with this, a canadian company has came up with a new age of bikini which features a built-in alarm to warn its wearers to get out of the sun, and to ease the concerns that the swimsuits could damage the health.


According to the American Cancer Society, the best way to lower the risk of skin cancer is to avoid too much exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet light.

Canadian company Solestrom came up with a new bikini that goes on sale this month with a UV metre built into its belt and an alarm that beeps to tell wearers when to head to the shade. “There’s so much concern about sun exposure and skin cancer that we saw the demand and designed something to be safe for the wearer,” Solestrom spokeswoman Emily Garassa said. Garassa said the metre on the US$190 bikini displays a level of UV intensity on a scale from 0 to 20. A person’s sensitivity to UV depends mainly on skin type, but generally three to five would be considered moderate strength, 8-10 very high and anything above 11 extreme. This is really good for bikini lovers.

Where did the name bikini came from? Well, the two-piece suit was officially named the bikini in July 1946 by French automotive engineer Louis Reard who persuaded nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to appear in his design at a Paris beauty contest. He named the design after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, where US tested an atomic bomb, because he thought the excitement over it would be like an explosion.