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Oct 18, 2010

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Oct 18, 2010

Carolyn Chesire

Oct 19, 2010 - edited Feb 27, 2013

I like them all, but if I could only have one, it would, Carla, wait no, Carolyn, mmm no, I got to go with Kris. Yep, Kris.

Oct 19, 2010

ahhhhh the 80s

Oct 19, 2010

mclish is smaller than fitness girls!

Oct 19, 2010

Out of that lineup how could ANYONE have chosen Rachel McLish as the best muscled?

Oct 20, 2010

Where's Gladys Portuguese, Lori Bowen, Lisa Lyons, Stacey Bentley, Lynn Conkwright, et al...?

Oct 20, 2010

Olympic1916, this was from the early to mid 1980s when female bodybuilders were not as big and muscular as they are now. They are still very beautiful women with nice muscular physiques, just not as big.

Oct 23, 2010

oh I remember. I still have the 1980 sports illustrated article

Oct 23, 2010

I wish Carla was flexing. If I remember correctly she had some nice round bi's.

Oct 23, 2010

i'll take any one of these lovely, buffed ladies over any of the steroid-bloated gargantuas who've been infesting womens' bodybuilding for the past 20 years...

but if i were forced to choose just one, it would have to be Rachel. i've had a soft spot for her in my hardened little heart since i saw her in person in 1980.

Jan 15, 2011

Amazing how tiny Rachel McLish looks standing next to the other women

Apr 12, 2011

Teagan!! Hahaha, no sorry, that's Kris Alexander and the shot was taken at the Cannes Film Festival to publicize the opening of the Pumping Iron II movie.

Apr 13, 2011

didn't think it was teagan, but wasn't sure. okay i'd take kris then, wait no, marjo. yep, no wait, carla... i'm so confused...

May 25, 2011

Those were the days when my dad was in his twenties. I was born almost a decade later after the photograph was taken.Oh what if he had got married to Carolyn and dated Rachel and Cory everson at the same time ?

Nov 23, 2011

It was just that Rachel had the "model" good looks.

Nov 23, 2011

That's definately Kris Alexander.

Jan 02, 2012

God, even figure girls are far, far more muscular than this, these days! While pretty women, they're just not developed enough to be classed as bodybuilders I don't think.

Jan 03, 2012

but back then, that much muscle was unheard of.

Jan 07, 2012

True, Liam. Steroids have ruined the looks of some really beautiful babes.

Jan 07, 2012

Really brother1ray. More muscle that this at that time was considered "unfeminine". Go figure. Have the woman changed or the judges? Or both?

Dec 14, 2012

both, fortunately

Dec 14, 2012

retroman, maybe woman and/or judges have changed but I think it's simply that society has changed and more so peoples tastes. Things grow and develop as time goes on and women's bodybuilding is no different to anything else in that regard.

Even so, I still think that in a large part of society even this amount of muscle on a woman is considered unfeminine. Thank you for places like GWM where people can admire and enjoy the end results of all these wonderful women's hard work.

Dec 15, 2012

YES CLASSIC BEAUTIES!

Feb 27, 2013

Maybe Rachel is not the most muscular woman here, but she is definitely the most attractive.

Feb 27, 2013

Yes shows how size doesn't always mean better. Even with men look at Bruce Lee who's physique is one of the most honored and admired, yet wasn't hugely massed at all. Rachel is like the Bruce Lee of women's bodybuilding.

Jan 15, 2015

Muscle mania!!

Jan 15, 2015

ADent you're welcome for the remarks and for all 5 of these classic women.

Apr 03, 2015

Nice to see these old school bodybuilders again. If she were competing today, Rachel would be in the bikini division. Even the figure competitors would blow her off the stage. I don't mean that as a knock on Rachel. Obviously, she's very, very attractive. I'm just commenting on how much things have changed over the years.

I love Kris's suit! Also love Carla's hamstrings.

Marjo and Carolyn are so similar in facial appearance and body development, they look like sisters.

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