“I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.” […] “I don’t have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I’m rather funny looking. My teeth are funny, for one thing, and I have none of the attributes usually required for a movie queen, including the shapeliness.”
At request, the return of our Vintage Beauties posts!
Name: Betty Brosmer and later, Betty Weider
Also known as: ‘The girl with the impossible waist”
Height: 5’5” / 165 cm
Age today: 81
Occupation: pin-up model, author, trainer
Also known for:
being the co-founder of Shape Magazine
being the wife of famous bodybuilder Joe Weider
Before the age of photo editing, Betty stood out with her unique proportions depicting an hourglass shape with an impossible waist, measuring only 18 inches / 46 cm. But although Betty’s shape was admired by many and the beautiful blonde had a great career as a pin-up model (and later as a trainer and author), there was a lot of speculation at the time (1950s-1960s) regarding the methods Betty used in order to achieve her hourglass shape. While some say that corset training played a role in transforming her body, others say that the model opted for a waist reduction surgery, a procedure that alters the shape of the ribcage (and moves internal organs in the process).
What do you think of Betty’s body shape and how it compares to the current standards of beauty?
See many more photos of Betty and her impossible waist inside!
Bringing back our Vintage Beauties category! On this ‘episode’, a collection of pictures featuring various beauty queens from the 1950’s, with less toned figures, curvier waist-hip ratios, rounder faces and more clothes!
And, for comparison, how the beauty queens tend to look these days:
What are the main differences between the two generations of beauty queens?