Celebrity Peep Marilyn Monroe's Most Iconic Swimsuit Moments By Kim Duong Kim Duong Kim Duong is a writer and editor working in the fashion and travel space for six years. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 5, 2017 @ 06:45PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images As far as bikini babes go, you could say Marilyn Monroe is up there. Aside from being one of the sexiest women in the history of, oh, ever, the actress was a fashion icon in her own right. Monroe rocked retro looks that still inspire us today. And when she took her pinup style to the beach, we're guessing that mermaids everywhere got jealous. So, just as we near the peak of summer, we can't help but to look to the icon for a little seaside style inspiration. From glamorous bikini portraits of the star to candid snaps of Marilyn just being Marilyn on the beach, scroll through to see her most iconic swimsuit moments. 01 of 11 1953 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The blonde bombshell shows off her enviable figure in an all-white bikini with contrasting button detailing. She kept it glam with a pair of gold hoop earrings and Lucite heels. 02 of 11 1953 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Consider it the Marilyn Monroe Bikini Uniform: The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress poses in a ruched one-piece with a sweetheart neckline. Oh, and strappy heels. 03 of 11 1953 Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images Monroe shows off her hourglass-shaped assets in an ultra-flattering one-piece with a crystal embellishments. A pair of sky-high sandals complete the look. 04 of 11 1952 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images Monroe took the plunge in this daring one-piece. Can you say va-va-voom? 05 of 11 1951 Hulton Archive/Getty Images The fashion icon rocked the itsy bitsy polka dot bikini before it was cool (and before Brian Hyland wrote a song about it). 06 of 11 1951 Earl Theisen/Getty Images The beauty soaks up some serious sun in a high-shine, metallic gold one-piece. 07 of 11 1951 Earl Theisen/Getty Images Monroe opts for a tummy-baring string bikini with nautical ties and a halter neck silhouette. 08 of 11 1950 Ed Clark/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) The bombshell lays out in a mix-n-match set: a printed top with a solid white bottom. Oh, and spot those wedge heels. 09 of 11 1950 Getty Images Monroe demos how to show off killer curves in a pair of ruched bottoms and a sweetheart top. 10 of 11 1948 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The icon poses in a striking blue number with figure-flattering ruched detailing. Don't forget the red lip and the pin-curl waves! 11 of 11 1948 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Pre blonde hairdo, Monroe is seen lounging on the beach in a charming striped bikini with ties galore.