Brazil , World Situated at Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it was made famous by the song! Actually, it was known for the women's tangas (precursor to today's thong bathing suit) on its shores. Even today there is freedom of expression? on the beach or off. Thongs are still the preferred beachwear and topless sunbathing is very common. If you wish to show off your perfectly toned body this is the place to be.