Bathing BeautyEsther Williams’s Best Bathing Suits (PHOTOS)Emilia Petrarca06.06.13Bathing BeautyEsther Williams’s Best Bathing Suits (PHOTOS)In tribute to the Hollywood swimming legend, who passed away Thursday at age 91, we take a look back at her best vintage beach looks.Emilia Petrarca06.06.13 10:00 PM ETBettman/Corbis,AP,Bettman/Corbis,APEsther WilliamsWith the passing of Esther Williams, the teenage swimming sensation turned Hollywood starlet, we've compiled some of her best poolside looks. Williams set multiple records for the Los Angeles Atheletic Club swim team and would have competed in the 1940 Summer Olympics, were it not for the outbreak of World War II. She then went on to star in films alongside the likes of Mickey Rooney and Andy Hardy and even made synchronized-swimming musicals called aqua musicals. Silver Screen Collection/GettyEsther Williams, 1945Esther Williams poses at the edge of a pool, wearing an adorable floral bikini. APEsther Williams, 1939Williams in a basic black racing suit with Los Angeles Athletic Club teammates after setting the 400-meter-relay record in the senior women's national AAU swimming meet in 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa. Their time was 4:46, a drop of 8.8 seconds from their previous outing. APEsther Williams, 1942Williams wore this classic white bikini (with those divine ’40s boy shorts) while posing as the theme girl of the first Los Angeles Swimming and Diving Contest in September 1942. APEsther Williams, 1944Williams sports a polka-dot pattern while rehearsing her underwater ballet for the motion-picture musical Ziegfeld Follies in Hollywood. Bettman/CorbisEsther Williams, 1945Williams posing in a one-piece on the diving board at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Bettman/CorbisEsther Williams, 1948Williams, in a voluptuous one-piece, smiles down at seven members of the Town Club in Chicago, who form a star in the pool for her. APEsther Williams, 1948Williams in a one-piece sheath—a style that became associated with the bathing beauty—at her home in Hollywood, where her pool is a necessary addition. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/APEsther Williams, 1950Williams in a tropical print, on location for the film Pagan Love Song. Bettman/CorbisEsther Williams, 1954Wiliams donned a Space Age swimsuit for her movie Jupiter's Darling. CBS Photo Archive/GettyEsther Williams, 1955Winsome in white, Williams poses for a portrait for the television program Omnibus.