Many fashion historians believe that the first appeared in the 1939 World’s Fair. New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the city’s nude dancers to cover themselves and the was invented to just barely do the job.

Fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich has been credited with introducing the first thong in 1974. Another reference states that thongs, originally called tangas, first hit the beaches of Brazil in 1977.

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