Women's Bodybuilding: Contest or Pageant?

Written by Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

Before anyone gets their undies all in a twist, rest assured I have no desire to push women's bodybuilding towards pageantry status.

But such was not the case back in 1982 when the Miss (yes, Miss) Olympia event (which was held at the Playboy Club Casino in Atlantic City) was being unmistakably touted as a "Pageant".
I was reminded of this moment in the history of women's bodybuilding when I recently found the original copy of what was to be the "script" used by the emcee for the 1982 Miss Olympia. It was a script that would thankfully never see the light of day.