Just a thought, but we might be worrying for nothing. As you can see from this photo of 1945 Miss America finalists, none of these women have thigh gaps. Not-a-one:
From left to right, we have 1945 beauty queens Lee M. Wieland (Miss Chicago), Barbara Lee Smith (Miss Detroit), Bess Myerson (Miss New York City), Phyllis Mathis (Miss San Diego), Gloria Naomi Bair (Miss Philadelphia), Claire Thibadeau (Miss Boston), and Frances Lanell Dorn (Miss Birmingham). [Photo via News-Record.com]
“None of them are thin by today’s standards. Not a ‘thigh gap’ among them.”
I like looking at moments from the past this way because they can help put things into context. They help highlight how our beauty constructs of today have not always been around (despite what some would have us think). Here’s another picture from that year. It’s of Bess Myerson (a.k.a. Miss New York City) after she won the Miss America pageant that year.
[Photo via tabletmag.com]
Once again: no thigh gap. Want to see more photos of beauty queens without a thigh gap? Keep scrolling. We’ve got a bunch.
Two Miss Americas, No Thigh Gap
Here, in 1947, Miss America winner of 1946, Marilyn Buferd, crowns the new Miss America 1947, Barbara Jo Walker, of Memphis, Tennessee.