During the 1980s, thongs were worn on stage by pop stars such as Cher and Madonna.
In Chinese, the T-back is commonly called dingziku (丁字褲/丁字裤) which literally means 丁 character pants (or roughly, T-letter pants). However, there are several usages of the term T-back in English as well (e.g., children's literature author E. It is thought the thong was probably originally developed to protect, support, or hide the male genitals.
The loincloth is probably the earliest form of clothing used by mankind, having originated in the warmer climates of sub-Saharan Africa where clothing was first worn nearly 75,000 years ago.
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Prior to its entrance into mainstream fashion, g-strings were primarily worn by exotic dancers.