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<p>A model clad in lingerie maker Triumph International's "Support Japan Bra", featuring handwritten messages from around the world, poses during an unveiling in Tokyo May 11, 2011. Words of encouragement from 54 individuals in 36 countries and regions are printed along with corresponding flags on the bra corset and skirt, to encourage and bring hope to the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami and lift the spirits of the Japanese people, according to Triumph International. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A model clad in lingerie maker Triumph International's "Support Japan Bra", featuring handwritten messages from around the world, poses during an unveiling in Tokyo May 11, 2011. Words of encouragement from 54 individuals in 36 countries and regions...more

A model clad in lingerie maker Triumph International's "Support Japan Bra", featuring handwritten messages from around the world, poses during an unveiling in Tokyo May 11, 2011. Words of encouragement from 54 individuals in 36 countries and regions are printed along with corresponding flags on the bra corset and skirt, to encourage and bring hope to the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami and lift the spirits of the Japanese people, according to Triumph International. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima poses wearing the $2 million Bombshell fantasy bra at Victoria's Secret Soho store in New York, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima poses wearing the $2 million Bombshell fantasy bra at Victoria's Secret Soho store in New York, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima poses wearing the $2 million Bombshell fantasy bra at Victoria's Secret Soho store in New York, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>(R-L) Dr. Elena Bodnar, John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore demonstrate bras being worn as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois and colleagues who designed and patented the bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander, won the 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize. REUTERS/Adam Hunger </p>

(R-L) Dr. Elena Bodnar, John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore demonstrate bras being worn as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois and colleagues who...more

(R-L) Dr. Elena Bodnar, John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore demonstrate bras being worn as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois and colleagues who designed and patented the bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander, won the 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

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<p>A model wears Triumph International's "Grow-Your-Own-Rice bra" in Tokyo May 12, 2010. The bra, which transforms into a rice growing kit, allows the wearer to cultivate rice anytime, anywhere. It was created in hopes that more people will become familiar with farming and develop awareness of the importance of agriculture, the lingerie maker said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A model wears Triumph International's "Grow-Your-Own-Rice bra" in Tokyo May 12, 2010. The bra, which transforms into a rice growing kit, allows the wearer to cultivate rice anytime, anywhere. It was created in hopes that more people will become...more

A model wears Triumph International's "Grow-Your-Own-Rice bra" in Tokyo May 12, 2010. The bra, which transforms into a rice growing kit, allows the wearer to cultivate rice anytime, anywhere. It was created in hopes that more people will become familiar with farming and develop awareness of the importance of agriculture, the lingerie maker said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer and when an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of "The Wedding March" is played to celebrate the engagement. The characters on the bra read, "now hunting for a husband". REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the...more

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer and when an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of "The Wedding March" is played to celebrate the engagement. The characters on the bra read, "now hunting for a husband". REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A teenager looks at an exhibit of avant-garde brassieres at an exhibition in the southern Russian city of Stavropol December 1, 2005. The exhibition called "Stile, Fashion, Beauty' featured 41 pieces by local artists. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko </p>

A teenager looks at an exhibit of avant-garde brassieres at an exhibition in the southern Russian city of Stavropol December 1, 2005. The exhibition called "Stile, Fashion, Beauty' featured 41 pieces by local artists. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko more

A teenager looks at an exhibit of avant-garde brassieres at an exhibition in the southern Russian city of Stavropol December 1, 2005. The exhibition called "Stile, Fashion, Beauty' featured 41 pieces by local artists. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

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<p>Lingerie maker Triumph's model Yu Misaki shows off the Eco-globe Bra, which has cups that join together to form a palm-sized green globe, in Tokyo November 9, 2004. The brassiere, licensed for the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan and not for general sale, uses environmentally-friendly materials such as corn, Deccan hemp and paper which can all be recycled. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita </p>

Lingerie maker Triumph's model Yu Misaki shows off the Eco-globe Bra, which has cups that join together to form a palm-sized green globe, in Tokyo November 9, 2004. The brassiere, licensed for the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan and not for general sale, uses...more

Lingerie maker Triumph's model Yu Misaki shows off the Eco-globe Bra, which has cups that join together to form a palm-sized green globe, in Tokyo November 9, 2004. The brassiere, licensed for the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan and not for general sale, uses environmentally-friendly materials such as corn, Deccan hemp and paper which can all be recycled. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita

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<p>A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "Photovoltaic-Powered Bra" during an unveiling in Tokyo May 14, 2008. The camisole bra, which the company calls "earth and human friendly", features a solar panel which can display messages on the removable small electric board when the cell generates electricity. The bra is also equipped with pads designed to hold beverages so that the usage of cans and plastic bottles can be reduced, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "Photovoltaic-Powered Bra" during an unveiling in Tokyo May 14, 2008. The camisole bra, which the company calls "earth and human friendly", features a solar panel which can display...more

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "Photovoltaic-Powered Bra" during an unveiling in Tokyo May 14, 2008. The camisole bra, which the company calls "earth and human friendly", features a solar panel which can display messages on the removable small electric board when the cell generates electricity. The bra is also equipped with pads designed to hold beverages so that the usage of cans and plastic bottles can be reduced, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Vikram Tellis, an assistant at Christies, takes a closer look at the black satin Jean-Paul Gaultier bra April 24, 2001, which was worn by U.S. pop star Madonna in 1990.   REUTERS/Jonathan Evans</p>

Vikram Tellis, an assistant at Christies, takes a closer look at the black satin Jean-Paul Gaultier bra April 24, 2001, which was worn by U.S. pop star Madonna in 1990. REUTERS/Jonathan Evans

Vikram Tellis, an assistant at Christies, takes a closer look at the black satin Jean-Paul Gaultier bra April 24, 2001, which was worn by U.S. pop star Madonna in 1990. REUTERS/Jonathan Evans

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<p>A bra designed by actress Jennifer Aniston is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen </p>

A bra designed by actress Jennifer Aniston is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

A bra designed by actress Jennifer Aniston is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

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<p>A bra covered in guitar picks designed by singer Sheryl Crow is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen </p>

A bra covered in guitar picks designed by singer Sheryl Crow is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

A bra covered in guitar picks designed by singer Sheryl Crow is shown at Sotheby's auction house in New York, April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

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<p>A model displays Triumph International Japan's bra, called "Stop the birth rate decline", in Tokyo May 10, 2006. The bra features embroideries illustrating children supporting elderly women and was created to increase awareness of the issue of serious decline in Japan's population, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

A model displays Triumph International Japan's bra, called "Stop the birth rate decline", in Tokyo May 10, 2006. The bra features embroideries illustrating children supporting elderly women and was created to increase awareness of the issue of...more

A model displays Triumph International Japan's bra, called "Stop the birth rate decline", in Tokyo May 10, 2006. The bra features embroideries illustrating children supporting elderly women and was created to increase awareness of the issue of serious decline in Japan's population, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Model Hitomi Nishina presents lingerie maker Triumph International's "Warm Biz Bra" in Tokyo November 9, 2005. The bra, made from boa fiber, is attached to long straps which can wrap around the neck and provides warmth. The Warm Biz Bra was created to promote Japan's government-led "Warm Biz" campaign, which encourages people to wear warm clothes to save energy and to help fight global warming, the company said. REUTERS/Issei Kato </p>

Model Hitomi Nishina presents lingerie maker Triumph International's "Warm Biz Bra" in Tokyo November 9, 2005. The bra, made from boa fiber, is attached to long straps which can wrap around the neck and provides warmth. The Warm Biz Bra was created...more

Model Hitomi Nishina presents lingerie maker Triumph International's "Warm Biz Bra" in Tokyo November 9, 2005. The bra, made from boa fiber, is attached to long straps which can wrap around the neck and provides warmth. The Warm Biz Bra was created to promote Japan's government-led "Warm Biz" campaign, which encourages people to wear warm clothes to save energy and to help fight global warming, the company said. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>New Zealand model Leonie Trathen shows her car headlight-inspired 'Hooters Mark II' in the bizarre bra section of New Zealand's Wearable Art Show touring Singapore July 25, 1997.   REUTERS/Stringer</p>

New Zealand model Leonie Trathen shows her car headlight-inspired 'Hooters Mark II' in the bizarre bra section of New Zealand's Wearable Art Show touring Singapore July 25, 1997. REUTERS/Stringer

New Zealand model Leonie Trathen shows her car headlight-inspired 'Hooters Mark II' in the bizarre bra section of New Zealand's Wearable Art Show touring Singapore July 25, 1997. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Triumph International Japan Ltd model Yu Misaki shows off the "Post Privatisation Total Surprise Bra!" in Tokyo May 10, 2005. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Triumph International Japan Ltd model Yu Misaki shows off the "Post Privatisation Total Surprise Bra!" in Tokyo May 10, 2005. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Triumph International Japan Ltd model Yu Misaki shows off the "Post Privatisation Total Surprise Bra!" in Tokyo May 10, 2005. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>A model displays a new notebook computer that matches her bra by Taiwan computer maker Elitegroup Computer Systems at a news conference in Taipei on November 18, 2003. REUTERS/Simon Kwong </p>

A model displays a new notebook computer that matches her bra by Taiwan computer maker Elitegroup Computer Systems at a news conference in Taipei on November 18, 2003. REUTERS/Simon Kwong

A model displays a new notebook computer that matches her bra by Taiwan computer maker Elitegroup Computer Systems at a news conference in Taipei on November 18, 2003. REUTERS/Simon Kwong

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<p>Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "No More Plastics Bags Bra", a bra which converts into a shopping bag, is shown at the company showroom in Tokyo November 8, 2006. The bra was created to raise awareness among customers to reduce the usage of plastics bags for the good of the environment, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "No More Plastics Bags Bra", a bra which converts into a shopping bag, is shown at the company showroom in Tokyo November 8, 2006. The bra was created to raise awareness among customers to reduce the usage...more

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's "No More Plastics Bags Bra", a bra which converts into a shopping bag, is shown at the company showroom in Tokyo November 8, 2006. The bra was created to raise awareness among customers to reduce the usage of plastics bags for the good of the environment, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Women's lingerie maker Triumph International Ltd's promotion model Tomomi Kudo shows off the Hanshin Tigers Bra, made in honour of the western Japanese baseball team The Hanshin Tigers, at an unveiling in Tokyo July 16, 2003.  REUTERS/Eriko Sugita</p>

Women's lingerie maker Triumph International Ltd's promotion model Tomomi Kudo shows off the Hanshin Tigers Bra, made in honour of the western Japanese baseball team The Hanshin Tigers, at an unveiling in Tokyo July 16, 2003. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita more

Women's lingerie maker Triumph International Ltd's promotion model Tomomi Kudo shows off the Hanshin Tigers Bra, made in honour of the western Japanese baseball team The Hanshin Tigers, at an unveiling in Tokyo July 16, 2003. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita

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<p>Triumph International campaign girl Anri Takao displays a "baseball bra" made of genuine cowskin at their Tokyo headquarters as part of its 2002 Spring/Summer lingerie collection November 7, 2001.   REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa</p>

Triumph International campaign girl Anri Takao displays a "baseball bra" made of genuine cowskin at their Tokyo headquarters as part of its 2002 Spring/Summer lingerie collection November 7, 2001. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

Triumph International campaign girl Anri Takao displays a "baseball bra" made of genuine cowskin at their Tokyo headquarters as part of its 2002 Spring/Summer lingerie collection November 7, 2001. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

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<p>A Chinese model parades a chocolate necklace and bra during China's first chocolate fashion show, as part of "Salon Du Chocolat", at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing June 10, 2005. REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin </p>

A Chinese model parades a chocolate necklace and bra during China's first chocolate fashion show, as part of "Salon Du Chocolat", at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing June 10, 2005. REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin

A Chinese model parades a chocolate necklace and bra during China's first chocolate fashion show, as part of "Salon Du Chocolat", at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing June 10, 2005. REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin

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<p>Rachel de Boer poses with her anti-wrinkle bra, "La Decollette", at a lingerie shop in Amsterdam April 14, 2011. Two years ago de Boer told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles and smooth out her neckline. Sceptical but curious, her friends also wanted sock bras to smooth out their cleavage wrinkles. So De Boer made five more versions of what is now called "La Decollette". REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Rachel de Boer poses with her anti-wrinkle bra, "La Decollette", at a lingerie shop in Amsterdam April 14, 2011. Two years ago de Boer told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra...more

Rachel de Boer poses with her anti-wrinkle bra, "La Decollette", at a lingerie shop in Amsterdam April 14, 2011. Two years ago de Boer told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles and smooth out her neckline. Sceptical but curious, her friends also wanted sock bras to smooth out their cleavage wrinkles. So De Boer made five more versions of what is now called "La Decollette". REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>A model presents 'Voter Turnout Lift-Up Bra' at a promotional event in Tokyo May 9, 2007. Japanese lingerie manufacture Triumph International (Japan) introduced the brassiere to lift the interest of Japanese people in elections and politics. The bra was modelled after the actual ballot boxes used during elections in Japan. The character on the brassiere reads 'ballot box'. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A model presents 'Voter Turnout Lift-Up Bra' at a promotional event in Tokyo May 9, 2007. Japanese lingerie manufacture Triumph International (Japan) introduced the brassiere to lift the interest of Japanese people in elections and politics. The bra...more

A model presents 'Voter Turnout Lift-Up Bra' at a promotional event in Tokyo May 9, 2007. Japanese lingerie manufacture Triumph International (Japan) introduced the brassiere to lift the interest of Japanese people in elections and politics. The bra was modelled after the actual ballot boxes used during elections in Japan. The character on the brassiere reads 'ballot box'. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's new promotional girl Yuko Ishida poses with the concept bra called 'My Chopsticks Bra' in Tokyo November 7, 2007. The bra, which comes with a pair of collapsible chopsticks, has a design theme of "the Japanese dining table". The right cup consists of a rice-bowl, the left cup a miso-soup-bowl, and a removable chopsticks-rest lies between the cups. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's new promotional girl Yuko Ishida poses with the concept bra called 'My Chopsticks Bra' in Tokyo November 7, 2007. The bra, which comes with a pair of collapsible chopsticks, has a design theme of "the...more

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan's new promotional girl Yuko Ishida poses with the concept bra called 'My Chopsticks Bra' in Tokyo November 7, 2007. The bra, which comes with a pair of collapsible chopsticks, has a design theme of "the Japanese dining table". The right cup consists of a rice-bowl, the left cup a miso-soup-bowl, and a removable chopsticks-rest lies between the cups. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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