Bond girl Ursula Andress has been crowned the ultimate bikini goddess in a new survey of more than 1,000 women.
The Telegraph reports that the survey took place to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bikini, since its entrance onto the fashion scene in the US.
To be expected, it was the memorable entrance of Andress as Honey Ryder opposite Sean Connery’s 007 in Dr. No that catapulted her into first place. Following in second and third were Kelly Brook and Brigitte ‘The Bikini Girl’ Bardot, respectively.
Also on the list was Halle Berry for her role as Jinx in Die Another Day. Ironically, her character’s beach introduction imitated the famous Dr. No scene from 40 years earlier.
Furthermore, women voted that Andress’s famous two-piece as the most iconic bikini ever, while Jessica Alba’s washboard stomach and Elle Macpherson’s legs were named the best of their kind.
The poll showed that despite its popularity, the bikini is the one piece of clothing guaranteed to make women self conscious about their own body image: 97% of women dread the thought of revealing themselves in a bikini with 27% cited cellulite as the reason and 22% simply not being toned.
Holly Chaves, stylist for Gillette Venus Embrace said: ‘The findings show that the number one factor enabling women to feel like a goddess in their bikini is inner confidence.’
She added: ‘However there are some other key tips to remember—women should not buy a bikini just because it is trendy but choose one that has a cut and style to suit their particular body shape—choosing the right one can take pounds off you. The perfect bikini look is certainly timeless—Ursula Andress set the bar and four decades later, it is still the benchmark women look to.’
‘The full list suggests curves and an hourglass figure are not just appreciated by men but that it is women too who feel this is the kind of look they should aim for and not just try to be thin.’
Top 10 Bikini Goddesses of all time:
- Ursula Andress in Dr. No
- Kelly Brook in holiday photos
- Brigitte Bardot as The Bikini Girl
- Helen Mirren in holiday photos
- Halle Berry in Die Another Day
- Myleene Klass in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here
- Elle Macpherson on the Sports Illustrated cover
- Megan Fox in general photographs
- Gisele Bundchen in fashion shoots
- Jessica Alba in magazine photos
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