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Would you flash your thong again? The questionable history of visible underwear

As showing off your thong comes back in style, Prudence Wade takes a look at the trend's complicated reputation

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Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 on June 15, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 on June 15, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

Christina Aguilera at the 2000 MTV VMAs

Christina Aguilera at the 2000 MTV VMAs

Bella Hadid wearing a visible thong for Versace

Bella Hadid wearing a visible thong for Versace

Hailey Bieber attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Hailey Bieber attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Kim Kardashian West wearing a Gucci thong. Picture:  Kim Kardashian West/Instagram

Kim Kardashian West wearing a Gucci thong. Picture: Kim Kardashian West/Instagram

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Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 on June 15, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

Few things can inspire such a visceral reaction as the visible G-string. For many of us, it evokes thoughts of Britney Spears going through a tough period in the early-Noughties, with her thong peeping above her low-rise jeans - which is not exactly a good look.

Back then there was nothing racier than showing off a fluorescent thong, but it wasn't just rebellious teenagers who loved it. High fashion just couldn't shake its obsession with a visible G-string in the late-Nineties and early-Noughties, and the trend often popped up on the catwalks of Dior and Gucci.


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