1961 Miss America Contestants


You can already start to see that by the 1960s the body shape of the contestants was beginning to get thinner and less full-figured, which isn’t a surprise as the 60s  were a time of upheaval in which every social standard was being challenged. The women here are all long-legged and fit with smaller thighs. Although the trend of bigger busts hadn’t kicked in quiet yet, the ‘ideal’ of what a woman’s body should look like was in a profound shift and would continue to get smaller over the next few decades.