When marooned on a deserted island, sun-bleached ombre hair and tattered strips of cloth make fine replacements for stringy two-piece bikinis, as 14-year-old Brooke Shields showed us in Blue Lagoon (1980). Contemporary castaway Indiana Evans mirrors Shield’s sun-kissed sheen in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012).
Sharmila Tagore swapped coyness for a turquoise blue swimsuit in An Evening in Paris (1967) – the waterskiing, strangely, had no effect on her trusty bouffant. Anushka Sharma mimics similar self-assurance in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011); a perfectly toned body does make it easier.
Dizzying curves, tousled hair and a bosom designed for slow-mo running, Pamela Anderson’s Baywatch days were essential lessons on how to work a beach body. Sofia Vergara, with ample assets herself, offers similar tutorials on her Instagram account with pictures of her perky rear in a thong bikini.
Bo Derek’s oh-so-iconic moment in 10 (1979) – prancing on the sands in a damp, golden maillot (flatteringly glued to her body) made her every man’s ultimate beach babe. Guys today, it seems, prefer a suggestively poised Kate Upton emerging from the waves for their smartphone screensavers.
Swayze’s surfer moves in PointBreak (1991) were as smooth as his grooves in Dirty Dancing (1987) – we could live without the He-Man hair, though. Present-day ocean rider Matthew McConaughey, complete with Southern drawl, ripped torso and an Oscar, belongs on sandy shores, and Hollywood agrees with us – think Fool’s Gold (2008), Surfer, Dude (2008) and Magic Mike (2012).