Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer started her model career at the age of 13. The result was more than impressive – she has won over 50 beauty contests, has appeared on magazine covers more than 300 times, her image decorated more than a hundred calendars, billboards across the country, and she was the highest paid model. She was a forerunner of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Her phenomenal measurements: 38-18-36 (in inches) and 96-45-91 in centimeters gave her the title “The most gorgeous body of 50s”.
It’s speculated that Betty achieved her tiny waist with a little help from the practise of corset training, also known as waist training, waist reduction or tightlacing, for moulding a pronounced and significantly smaller waist, altering the shape of the ribcage in extreme cases and moving internal organs out of their original positions.
Betty Brosmer (born on August 2, 1935) lived her early childhood in Carmel but later, from about the age of ten, grew up in Los Angeles. Naturally small and slight of frame, she embarked on a personal bodybuilding and weight training regimen before she was a teenager. Raised as a sports fan by her father, she excelled in youth athletics and was “something of a tomboy”.
A photo of Betty appeared in the Sears & Roebuck catalog when she was 13 years old. The following year she visited New York City with her aunt and posed for pictures with a professional photographic studio; one of her photos was sold to Emerson Televisions for use in commercial advertising, and it became a widely-used promotional piece, printed in national magazines for several years thereafter.
Betty returned to Los Angeles and was soon asked to pose for two of the most celebrated pin-up artists of the era, Alberto Vargas and Earl Moran. Encouraged, her aunt took her back to New York City again in 1950, and this time they took up residency. Betty built her photographic portfolio while attending George Washington High School in Manhattan. Despite her age, over the next four years she found frequent work as a commercial model, and graced the covers of many of the ubiquitous postwar “pulps”: popular romance and crime magazines and books. As she explained, “When I was 15, I was made up to look like I was about 25”. Some of her most famous photo work during this period include glamour appearances in Picture Show, People Today, Photo and Modern Man. She was also employed as a fashion model, and in 1954 posed for Christian Dior.
Once Betty was 16 years old, the most prestigious titles which could beauties in 50s get, like a magnet attracted to the California model, “Miss TV”, “Miss Jones Beach,” “Miss figure”, “Miss blue eyes”, and so on.
Betty was pursued by Playboy magazine for an exclusive pictorial, and a photo shoot was set up in Beverly Hills. The resulting picture set was rejected, however, after she declined to do any nude posing: “I wore sort of a half-bra or low demi-bra with nothing showing … and that’s what I thought they wanted.” Playboy threatened a lawsuit over the alleged breach of contract, but ultimately relinquished the case. The photos were eventually sold to Escapade magazine and published in its anthology issue Escapade’s Choicest. She never did any nude or semi-nude modeling throughout her long career: as she explained later in life, “I didn’t think it was immoral, but I just didn’t want to cause problems for others … I thought it would embarrass my future husband and my family”.
She managed to win over 50 beauty contests! Her image appeared regularly in the magazine advertising, trade catalogs, on milk cartons and roadside billboards. One month, her photo was printed directly on the cover of the eight national magazines. She has managed to become the uncrowned queen of the world of magazine covers.
Betty became the first model, who had the rights on all her photos, got a percentage every time her photo was published. Marilyn Monroe became a commercial phenomenon after 1955. Since 1948, the standard of female beauty was Betty. She performed the title role in the development of pin-up, creating an image of a playful girl. Her long-term success prepared the launch of a new star – Marilyn Monroe.
April 24, 1961 26-year-old Betty marries a famous bodybuilder, entrepreneur and co-founder of the International Association of bodybuilding, the creator of the Mr. and Ms. Olympia, Joe Weider and she takes her husband’s surname.
They lived together for a lifetime, and wrote many books on bodybuilding and fitness, in 1981 Betty and Joe co-wrote the “Book of Weider bodybuilding for women”, it’s still a leading speaker on these topics.
They say she suggested her husband to look at the Austrian champion – Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thanks to her, “The Terminator” was settled in neighboring cottage of Weider. This was her who pushed him to the movie screen.
Betty developed her talent to business: in the 70s she jointly actively engaged in trading real estate. Power Exerciser huge sales were due to the fact that a new product was advertised by the couple “Arnold Schwarzenegger – Betty Weider”.
Joe Weider died in 2013, and Betty is now alone, and she still looks perfectly. Years passed her. She remains a star, immersed in the arms of the most muscular men of the planet.
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