Nicknamed the Million Dollar Mermaid, for her elaborate performances of synchronized swimming and diving, Esther Williams was an athlete, actress, model, and fashion icon. Always an enthusiastic swimmer, by age 16 Esther Williams had won three US national championships in breaststroke and freestyle swimming. After graduating from high school, she began performing in Aquacade, a popular music, dance, and swim show, with Tarzan star and olympic medalist Johnny Weissmuller.
While at Aquacade, she was quickly discovered by MGM talent scouts and began her career on the silver screen. Throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, she appeared in several aquamusicals where she performed elaborate synchronized swim routines. After retiring from film in the 1960s, Esther Williams focused on becoming a successful businesswoman by lending her name to a line of vintage-inspired swimwear, swimming pools, and instructional swim videos for children.
You may be familiar with her swim line from our very own fabulous selection of Esther Williams swimsuits! With spring and summer just around the corner, we couldn’t help but take some swimwear inspiration from our favorite mermaid, businesswoman, and pin up doll.
What’s red, white, and fabulous all over? The Vintage Pin Up Red & white Polka Dot Swimsuit of course! This retro one piece swimsuit features a halter neck, skirted front, and ruching throughout for the perfect vintage look.
Adorned with a darling fruit print, the Blue Fruit Ruffled Two Piece by Esther Williams is a flirty swimsuit that boasts ruffled accents, a halter neck with optional straps, and removable shaper cup inserts.
What girl doesn’t love a floral print? The Vintage Pin Up Black Floral Swimsuit is a classic retro stunner. Designed in a timeless sheath silhouette with a tropical hibiscus print, this bathing suit is gathered and ruched for an flattering, curve-hugging fit and finished with a flirty sweetheart neckline.
Universally flattering, the Blue Cherries Delight Two Piece Swimsuit by Esther Williams is oh-so-sweet with a playful cherry print and classic retro fit. This poolside stunner is completed with gathered details, high-waisted bottoms, and a supportive halter top.
Esther Williams truly did do it all, and when wearing one of her perfect pin up swimsuits, we feel like we can too! Need a little more retro seaside inspiration? Check out our newest bathing beauties in our swim section.