Photo Of The Day: Barack Obama Visits Nelson Mandela’s Former Prison Cell

Nelson Mandela Prison Cell

Then U.S. Senator Barack Obama visits the former jail cell of Nelson Mandela on August 20, 2006. Photo: RODGER BOSCH/AFP/GettyImages

May 10 marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president, in 1994. But before Mandela became the revered leader who helped end apartheid, he spent 27 years as a political prisoner, the victim of a racist government he couldn’t abide.

For decades, that story has inspired countless people around the world, including leaders like Barack Obama. In fact, Obama has visited Mandela’s small prison cell on Robben Island twice: Once as a senator in 2006, and again as president in 2013.

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How The Bikini Has Changed Over Time

From string bikinis to high-waisted bottoms and cutouts, bathing suit options are endless these days — patterns and styles exist for everyone and every body type.

But that wasn’t always the case. The swimwear we recognize today didn’t really emerge until the early 1900s, and as the following images show, women’s swimwear has definitely come a long way since then:

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In the early 1800s people began to flock to beaches for sunny (and water-filled) amusement, which called for water-activity appropriate clothing.

In that time, modesty was key. Women wore long bathing dresses with weights to hold down the dress in the water and bloomers or stockings. Photo: Kean Collection/Getty Images

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Bathing machines (seen above) were designed to protect the modesty of bathers. Pulled to the edge of the sea by horses, they were moved according to the tides. Would-be bathers then could enter the machine at the back fully clothed and emerge in a swimming costume straight into the sea. Photo: Flickr

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Women in bathing suits on Collaroy Beach, 1908. Photo: Colin Caird/Flickr

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Women dressed in bathing suits walk arm in arm on a sandy beach, circa 1910. Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

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A woman models the latest in beach costumes in 1918. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images


In the early 1900s, bathing suits no longer camouflaged the contours of the female body. The heavy fabrics were reduced to show a little more of the woman's figure and to allow for exposure to the sun. Photo: Wikimedia

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Three young women pose in swimsuits and their swimming competition medals. Photo: Trialsanderrors/Flickr

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The one-piece garment seen above was the norm around 1910. Though matching stockings were occasionally worn, vintage swimwear began to shrink, exposing more and more flesh. Photo: Anyjazz65/Flickr

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In the 1920s and early 1930s body hugging suits were in style. They were less restrictive and were cut at the upper thighs. Photo: STAFF AFP/Getty Images

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Filattering a woman's figure became the focus of the 1940s with elements like sweetheart necklines and ruching. Photo: Marion Hobbs/Flickr

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In 1959, two models pose in hand painted swimsuits in Australian Women's Weekly magazine. Photo: Bess Georgette/Flickr

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In 1946 the two-piece suit emerged. Necklines plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. Three swimsuit models present June 1951 at Paris Molitor open-air swimming pool the new two-piece bikini and matching pareos. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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Frances Vorne, the model above, in a waist up photo wearing a bow tied bathing suit. Photo: Bettmann/Getty

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Sports Illustrated published its first swimsuit edition on January 20, 1964, with model Babette March on the cover sporting a simple, white bikini. Photo: Sports Illustrated

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In the early 1950s, the bikini went mainstream. Photo: David Zellaby/Flickr

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The early 1960s comprised the era of the SoCal-style beach party and the "itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot bikini." Photo: Classic Film/Flickr

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A magazine advertisement shows popular styles in 1967. Photo: Classic Film/Flickr


In the 1980s, high-cut bottoms were everywhere, making it no coincidence that Brazilian waxes were introduced to the U.S. in 1987. Photo: Carlton Abas/Flickr 2000

Bay Watch

High-cut one piece swimsuits grew in popularity due to the popular show "Baywatch." The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. Photo: NBC

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Olympic athlete Florence Griffith Joyner made sporty bathing suits popular in 1988. Photo: Tony Duffy/Getty Images


Pageant models, like Miss Nicaragua 1999 (above), have historically showed off their tans and big hair in skimpy bikinis. Miss Universe Organization/Getty Images

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In 2002, Victoria's Secret swimwear was introduced. Victoria's Secret.

Swim Suits For All

In today's stores, you can find swimsuits made for a wide range of body shapes promoting body acceptance. Swim Suits For All.

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26 Wacky and Ornate Hat Creations Found at the Kentucky Derby

Though it’s one of the shortest sporting events in existence, what the Kentucky Derby lacks in length it makes up for in hats — lots and lots of hats.

The long-established Southern tradition started with the vision of Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr, the bulder of Churchill Downs, the race’s historic setting. Clark — the grandson of famed adventurer and explorer William Clark — wanted the Derby to be a high-class event similar to the races taking place in Europe, which mandated full morning dress for men and women.

The Derby quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. The hats, however, didn’t really start to take center stage until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and TV gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant. As the following photos of Kentucky Derby hats show, not much has changed since then:

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Flamingo Flowers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images

Eyes Hat

Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images


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Riding Hat Horse

Dylan Buell/Getty Images


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Old Lady Flowers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

White Watch

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Tall Hat

Jamey Price/Getty Images

Colorful Sisters

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Flamingo Couple

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Horse Stable

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

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Jamey Price/Getty Images

Rose Hat

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Mint Julep

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Miss Usa

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs


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Pink Hat Kentucky Derby

Jamey Price/Getty Images

Coco Rocha

Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Old Man Buttons

Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images


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Two Hats

Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Big Red

Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images

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