July 5th is celebrated as a Bikini Day in remembrance of its founder, a Parisian fashion designer named Louis Reard. The two piece clothing was founded in the year 1946 and has come a long way ever since.
Though many were reluctant to try out the new fashion statement in India until very recently, the dress which is meant to be used in beaches and swimming pools has gradually found its place in our country.
Today, almost all commercial movies made in India have their heroines flaunting their hot bodies in either bikinis or even monokinis.
Tamil cinema too has started to import heroines who can bring more than just acting to the table. Even directors like Shankar have asked their heroines to show off their bikini bodies with I being the latest example.
But showcasing bikini clad women is not new in Kollywood for yesteryear actresses like Madhavi have donned the western outfit in movies like Kaaki Sattai.
But what's new to Tamil cinema is more and more heroines have started wearing bikinis not just for the sake of movies but also for magazine covers and other photo shoots.
In the slides below, check out some of the hot Tamil actresses who have donned bikinis in the past:
Being a British girl, wearing a dress like bikini comes naturally to Amy Jackson. She also has a great body and the right attitude to wear a bikini on the big screen. As mentioned earlier, her latest release in Tamil, I, had her flaunting her hot bod in a bikini.
The Nanban girl has a great bikini body and has also flaunted it in movies and for photo shoots. With only two Tamil movies under her belt, she is expected to feature in more Tamil movies in the near future.
Shriya is known for her bold roles and also look great in a bikini outfit. The actresses last straight Tamil film as a heroine was Rowthiram which released way back in 2011. She too is expected to once again make her presence felt in Tamil cinema anytime soon.
Nayantara has always embraced bold roles and have donned the two piece dress in many films. Who can forget that famous scene from Ajith's Billa in which she looks absolutely hot in a black bikini.
The actress who is most often seen in item numbers have donned the outfit in number of movies. She also did a credible role in Prashanth's recently released film, Mambattiyan.
As soon as Anushka was drafted into the film industry, she was offered some bold roles in both Telugu and Tamil cinemas and the actress accepted the challenge. She not only survived but thrived under certain circumstances and is now one of the leading heroines in both the industries.
Samantha's bikini clad scene in Suriya's Anjaan raised many eyebrows but the Kaththi actress was unruffled by what was happening around her. Going forward, she might don bikinis in more number of movies as per the requirements.