Curious photos from a Beautiful Legs Contest from 1949. The pictures raise lots of questions in my mind – aside from why you’d want to enter a ‘beautiful legs contest’ in the first place.
Why is one of the women wearing a different swimsuit to the others? Did they have to make the swimsuits themselves? All of the swimsuits seem to be slightly different cuts and styles even though they’re made from the same fabric. Was it part of the competition that you had to show off your sewing skills by wearing a home-made swimsuit (a bit like that episode of Dukes of Hazard when Daisy Duke entered a beauty pageant and re-built an engine (or something) as her talent).
It’s also a bit creepy that the girls are all wearing masks, although it’s a great improvement on other contests I’ve seen pictures of where the girls are literally in drawstring bags from head to bottom with just their legs sticking out.
From the pictures I would guess that number 24 won with numbers 1 and 32 the runners up. Thoughts anyone..?
Image source and copyright: Time LIFE Archive