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A G-string is an underwear or bathing suit that may be worn by women or men as a bikini bottom or as underwear. It consists of a narrow piece of material that passes between the legs and attaches to a band that encircles the hips. It may also be referred to as a thong or tanga.


For decades, exotic dancers have worn G-strings. It first reached the mainstream public on the beaches of South America, particularly Brazil, during the 1970s as a swimsuit.

The earliest form of a G-string was a strip of cloth that went between the legs and tied around the waist. It was used at least as far back as the late 1800s. today it can be referred to as a V-String or a T-back, depending on the shape of the material as it extends from above the buttocks to the band that goes around the waist.

Many tribal people in Africa have worn a similar piece of clothing for centuries, using the word tanga to describe it.


In the late 1980s, the G-string had become popular in the Western world. From the 1990s on, G-strings and thongs have continually been gaining popularity and are often one of the fastest-selling styles among women. The style is also gaining popularity among men.

The music industry has helped to promote it (particularly hip hop and R&B) by showing many artists wearing them as a fashion statement. With Sisqo’s “Thong Song,” which was released in 2000, thongs and G-strings reached a pop culture high.


Some people believe they are uncomfortable. Other people believe that it is unsanitary to wear a g-string for a prolonged period of time. They are also banned or forbidden on beaches or in public in many municipalities of the United States.