‘Baywatch’ stars pay tribute to the show’s iconic red swimsuit, 30 years later: ‘It’s intimidating but empowering’

Baywatch made its premiere on Sept. 22, 1989, ushering in a legion of sculpted, outrageously photogenic TV lifeguards clad in soon-to-be-iconic blazing red trunks and tank suits that seemed to hug every curve and amplify every muscle.

Exactly 30 years later, plugging “Baywatch swimsuit” into a search engine turns up lookalike one-pieces — some of which feature a “Bae Watch” tagline in a particularly millennial update — from Amazon, Etsy, Target and other online retailers. Pop the #Baywatch hashtag into Instagram and a flurry…
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