We can proudly announce that we are now also represented in Rio de Janeiro and have opened an office there.

Rio de Janeiro is very closely related to swimwear and is often called the capital of the bikini. On the legendary beach at the Copacabana, several bikini trends have already been established worldwide - for example, in the early 1970s the sex symbol Rose di Primo caused a sensation here when she helped the thong panties to break through worldwide. The Brazilian model and actress is still regarded today as the "inventor" of the world's smallest bikini panties.

Another style icon, Rio de Janeiro, also owes its global popularity to its inspiration for the song "Girl from Ipanema", Helô Pinheiro gained enormous popularity in the 1960s and is still successful today as a model, television presenter, journalist and actress all over the world. By the way, the Brazilian could be won as a supporter for our museum in the meantime.

Another celebrity is immortalized in Rio de Janeiro for all time: In honour of the French film star Brigitte Bardot, one of the most influential personalities in the history of fashion, a life-size bronze statue was made in Búzios, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, where she regularly spent her holidays. Probably the largest sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, it played a major role in the sexual revolution. Thus it also paved the way for the bikini to gain social recognition.

Leila Diniz, known as "The Muse of Ipanema", is also vehemently committed to women's rights, and heats up the minds accordingly. Titled the symbol of the feminist revolution in Brazil, it caused outrage in 1971: she had herself photographed pregnant and unmarried in a bikini on the beach - at the time an absolute scandal that made Rio de Janeiro sit up and take notice.

Even today, the Brazilian coastal metropolis on the Sugar Loaf continues to cause a sensation: the Carnival in Rio is one of the biggest festivals in the world - of course, the bikini is an indispensable accessory and an elementary component of every parade.

Magda Cotrofe, Brazilian actress and very successful model in the 80's, is counted as "Musa de Carneval" - i.e. as "Frontgirl" at the carnival in Rio - and in the meantime she is also always available to advise the #BikiniARTmuseum. Traditional swimwear brands such as BumBum Ipanema, BlueMan or the luxury brand Lenny Niemeyer have been built up through them.

Due to the historical importance of Rio de Janeiro in relation to the bikini and the current relevance to new swimwear trends, we are very proud to be represented in the "bikini metropolis" Rio de Janeiro.