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.
ahhhhh the 80s
mclish is smaller than fitness girls!
Out of that lineup how could ANYONE have chosen Rachel McLish as the best muscled?
Where's Gladys Portuguese, Lori Bowen, Lisa Lyons, Stacey Bentley, Lynn Conkwright, et al...?
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.
oh I remember. I still have the 1980 sports illustrated article
I wish Carla was flexing. If I remember correctly she had some nice round bi's.
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.
Amazing how tiny Rachel McLish looks standing next to the other women
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.
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...
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 ?
It was just that Rachel had the "model" good looks.
That's definately Kris Alexander.
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.
but back then, that much muscle was unheard of.
True, Liam. Steroids have ruined the looks of some really beautiful babes.
Really brother1ray. More muscle that this at that time was considered "unfeminine". Go figure. Have the woman changed or the judges? Or both?
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.
YES CLASSIC BEAUTIES!
Maybe Rachel is not the most muscular woman here, but she is definitely the most attractive.
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.
ADent you're welcome for the remarks and for all 5 of these classic women.
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.