|Femmes Fatales||Jan 25 2017|
We don't have to tell you why American model Betty Brosmer became famous, right? She and her wasp waist were photographed for over three-hundred magazine covers, and she had to be hospitalized and resuscitated each time. Well, not really. Brosmer wore a corset for long periods, which eventually reshaped her waist to give her the hourglass that was popular during the 1950s. It was called “waist training,” which ranks as one of the funnier rebrandings of torture ever, right after “enhanced interrogation techniques.” It was thought to be harmless back then. Not so today, though many celebrities still do it. But assuming a woman did herself no harm, once she stopped wearing corsets her waist would return to its normal size in hours or days. The two photos here showing the eighteen-inch results of Brosmer's diligent training are from around 1955.
|Vintage Pulp||Apr 28 2010|
April 1955 issue of Tops, with cover star Betty Brosmer. We’d never heard of this lovely woman before, but we were struck by this image so we looked her up. Turns out she was famous for having the perfect figure, which in her case was 38-18-35. That doesn’t sound perfect to us, so much as structurally unsound, but it is attention-getting. You can see in the two asstastic shots below that her business class rivals anything Kim Kardashian has to offer. Brosmer went on to marry fitness guru Joe Weider, become a fitness guru herself, and co-found Shape magazine, which became a wild success partly by helping women to reduce the size of their asses. Fate is not without a sense of irony.