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Raquel Welch’s Bikini Body Has Been Crowned the Best of All Time

Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch’s bikini body was deemed the best of all time in a survey of 2,000 women conducted for National Bikini Day.

And a happy National Bikini Day to you, Raquel Welch! According to a survey of 2,000 women conducted by Swimwear365, the popular actress of the 1960s and ’70s has the best bikini body of all time.

Welch became an instant icon after appearing in the 1966 film One Million Years B.C., for which she flaunted her incredibly toned and lithe body in a fur-covered two-piece. A year later, the brunette beauty stripped down again, this time to a teeny lime-green bikini for Fathom.

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And Welch, 75, wasn’t the only classic star to make the list. Ursula Andress and her iconic white bikini (complete with knife belt!) in the 1962 James Bond flick, Dr. No, came in second place. Marilyn Monroe, with her forever adored hourglass shape, came in third. Pamela Anderson (No. 6), Brigitte Bardot (No. 7), Jennifer Lopez (No. 9) and Beyoncé (No. 10) helped round out the top 10.

Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress in ‘Dr. No.’

Further down the list, Elizabeth Hurley was slotted into No. 23, Kate Middleton came in at No. 24 and Gisele Bundchen was placed at No. 29. And of course, a few Kardashian-Jenners made the list too: Kim Kardashian was ranked at No. 31, while Kylie Jenner came in only four slots behind her, at No. 35.

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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe showing off her bikini body.

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“What we’ve found is that the iconic bikini bodies of yesteryear are as popular today as they ever were,” a rep for Swimwear365, a British swim retailer, said in a statement. “No matter where you are in the world, whether on the beach abroad or at home in the U.K., it’s important to feel confident in yourself and what you’re wearing — just like Raquel Welch or Marilyn Monroe.”

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