Thursday, March 15, 2012

Here comes the sun ♪♫♪♫♪

Bette Davis sunbathing at home, 1940

The popularity of tanning can be traced to a single moment in 1923. After cruising from Paris to Cannes, designer Coco Chanel stepped off the Duke of Wellington's yacht with a startling suntan. Chanel had apparently gotten too much sun by accident, but the press and fashion world assumed the immensely influential Frenchwoman was making a fashion statement. 'I think she may have invented sunbathing,' Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucigne said. 'At that time, she invented everything.' Soon, daring women in Europe and America were baring their skin to the sun.

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