We’ve come a long way baby. And we still have a long way to go. I mean, it only took 98 years to end the Miss America “swimsuit competition” (RIP).
I was curious as to what we were wearing on the beach when the Miss America pageant first began.
I came across this:
It was the climax to a long debate about clothing modesty, which mostly targeted women. In the late 19th century, swimming became less about health and more about pleasure. At that point, the genders divided; men swam with men, women with women, but rarely together.