October 21, 2015

The Legs of Contestants: Vintage Photos of Ankle Competitions From Between the 1930s and 1950s

Some of the earliest recorded instances of "pretty ankle contests" appear in the first decade of the 20th century as special shows within women's “physical culture” pageants.

According to Retronaut, these shows served as promotions for hosiery companies, with winners receiving free stockings from the event sponsors, not to mention fame and adulation.

A policeman judges an ankle competition at Hounslow, London, July 10, 1930.

Men judge women's ankles at a competition in Kent, England, 1932.

June 21, 1933

June 25, 1936

A "prettiest legs" competition in Paris, 1950.


The legs of contestants in a 'Miss World' beauty competition dangle over the wing of a BOAC Comet airplane, November 7, 1953.

(Photos: Getty Images, via Mashable/Retronaut)


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