Though many pageants are playing down the bikini contest part,  participants in some beauty contests like the Miss Earth or the Miss Teen USA pageants, are required to wear bikinis as part of the competition. Early women's bodybuilding was about bikini contests. After protests in the s Gloria Miller Fudge started real bodybuilding. History[ edit ] In the United States, beauty pageants of women in bathing costumes became popular from the s.
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A baby wearing many items of winter clothing: Four types of women's clothing which end above the knees: The most obvious function of clothing is to improve the comfort of the wearer, by protecting the wearer from the elements. In hot climates, clothing provides protection from sunburn or wind damage, while in cold climates its thermal insulation properties are generally more important. Shelter usually reduces the functional need for clothing. For example, coats , hats , gloves and other outer layers are normally removed when entering a warm home, particularly if one is living or sleeping there.