The Thong Has a Crazy History You Didn't Know About

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When it comes to undergarments, we're pretty sure there's nothing in our underwear drawer that's quite as polarizing as the thong. Whether you're a teeny panty devotee or wouldn't part with your granny panties if your life depended on it, there's a solid chance you've had to wear one at some point in order to avoid those dreaded panty lines.

Love it or hate it, the thong has actually been around a lot longer than you probably realized! The booty-baring style dates back to ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures, and it was actually first worn by men (otherwise known as the loincloth).

The first modern thong was actually invented by a man. The former mayor of New York City, Fiorello LaGuardia, came up with the underwear style in 1939 when he insisted that the city's nude dancers wear something that would give them a little more (read: barely) coverage right before New York hosted the World's Fair.
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Fashion-wise, women were first introduced to the thong by fashion designer Rudi Gernreich in 1974 - the same designer who created the first topless swimsuit. (Are you seeing a pattern here?) Despite this, the thong wasn't widely worn in the United States until the '90s, when it became the underwear of choice for many women. (Coincidence that the thong's heyday coincided with the popularity of Sisqo's "The Thong Song" in 1999? We think not.)

The thong may have been the cool-girl underwear in the past (remember in junior high when you begged your mom for one?), but recently, fashion may have changed its tune. With granny panties making a comeback and it-girls like Kendall Jenner rocking no-fuss Calvin Klein briefs, is the thong on its way out in exchange for a comfort comeback? Only time will tell.

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