this term came from Rita Hayworth, the gorgeous, notorious movie star whose image was painted on the side of the first atomic bomb exploding at the Bikini Atoll in World War 2. (so she was a literal BOMBSHELL! :) This started the trend of calling stunning, sexy females bombshells- and the phrase is STILL commonly used today.
rita hayworth was the first woman to be called a 'bombshell'
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