Farrah Fawcett radiates in this 1976 poster. And when I look at it, a few words come to mind: Beauty, happiness, class. But most importantly: Confidence.
Wednesday, Farrah Fawcett's iconic red bathing suit was donated to the Smithsonian, along with an original copy of this poster, personal copies of scripts from the first season of Charlie's Angels, and a jigsaw puzzle, among other memorabilia.
After battling cancer, the star passed away in 2009 -- and left behind a legacy admired by men and women everywhere. Not just because of how good she looked in a bathing suit, but more so because of her compassion, loving nature, and radiance.
Trust me, ladies -- you can look this good too without killing yourself in the gym. I promise. Let me let you in on her secret.
Farrah's bathing suit poster sold more than 12 million copies in 1976 alone. Notice that she isn't showing a lot of skin. Her hair is in loose, beachy curls and her makeup is minimal. The most important thing to take note of is undeniably her smile. Yes, there's no denying that Fawcett was sexy. But the sexiest part about her was her attitude. Different than today's pinups, she's wearing a one-piece and, at this angle, hardly showing any cleavage. Her conservative beauty is respectable, and that respect is what made her the admiration of many. Personally, I look at the poster and I see her aura.
I know what you're thinking. Would many moms think of throwing on a red one-piece and heading straight to the beach? Probably not. Red just screams, HELLLOOOO, I'M HERE! And trust me, I'm with you. In my mind, I think, Hell, I can't wear that. There's no way I would look that good.
But maybe, just maybe, we can. Because -- if we can learn anything from the legacy that Farrah left behind, it's that your attitude will take you almost anywhere. Her happy nature and welcoming smile are what make this poster a classic, and I guarantee you the first thing that most look at is that huge grin.
She's beautiful because she's confident, and proves that it's possible to be sexy without throwing on a two-piece or showing a whole lot of skin. Maybe Farrah's classic look is a reminder to all members of today's weight-conscious culture, including me, that it’s how you wear the suit that matters.
What do you think about Farrah's classic red swimsuit?
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