Victoria’s Secret might have done much to reintroduce the topless monokini to an internet-age but modern conservatism being what it is, this was one cut of swimwear never likely to be seen outside the realms of advertising. As much as people like to profess otherwise, not all of society’s values are waning and Rudi Gernreich’s topless swimsuits of the early 1960s would be just as likely to be shunned today as they were to create a stir some 50 years ago. That doesn’t stop the topless swimsuit from being a potent image, however. Click the thumbnails for full pictures: You need look no further than the May 2012 issue of Velvet to see just how strong its imagery remains. Photographed by Marcus Ohlsson and featuring model Emily Senko, the Body & Soul photo shoot sets model and topless monokini amongst a beautifully contrasted black and white aesthetic. Like the original topless swimsuits themselves it’s neither raw nor smutty, but rather sensual. You can see all of Emily Senko’s photo shoot for the May issue of Velvet by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery.