Iconic swimsuits [SLIDESHOW]

Is there anything better than a beautiful woman wearing next to nothing on a sandy beach?

Farrah Fawcett’s red swimsuit has been donated to the Smithsonian, allowing children of all ages to view the legendary one-piece that got their dads through the Carter years. To celebrate, The Daily Caller takes an in-depth look at our favorite swimsuits — and the women who wear them. We hope it keeps you warm on this cold February day.

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  • Believe it or not, Grace Jones was a Bond girl too. Huh.
  • "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson was to the 90s what Fawcett was to the 70s, again for two very obvious reasons.
  • French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir called Brigitte Bardot a "locamotive of women's history." Charles de Gaulle called her a "French export as important as Renault cars." We call her "smoking hot."
  • Tyra Banks was the first African-American on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.
  • Halle Berry is a strong contender for the title of hottest Bond girl.
  • Is Ursula Andress, the original Bond girl, still the hottest? Her "Dr. No" bikini went for 35,000 pounds at auction back in 2001.
  • The only thing better than a young Heidi Klum in a sexy swimsuit? A young Heidi Klum wearing nothing but paint.
  • More than 30 years later, Farrah Fawcett remains the gold standard of swimsuit modeling for two very obvious reasons.