If you think Betty Grable and Bettie Page were the most famous pin-up girls, you better think again. Betty Brosmer, born 1935, is considered the first real supermodel and actually started the whole “pin-up” trend.
Thanks to her ridiculously curvy figure and measurements (38-18-26 inches!), Betty won more than 50 beauty contests before the age of 20 and as an adult appeared on album covers, adverts, billboards, and magazines.
Seriously, just look at that waist and butt.
Betty was the first model to receive residuals every time her picture was published, and she was one of the highest-paid models of her time, but her business mind didn’t stop there.
Along with her husband, Candian professional bodybuilder Joe Wielder, Betty set out to bring fitness and bodybuilding to the masses, promoting sport an and active lifestyle around the world.
So forget abut Mr. Motivator — Betty was there first.
Cool bonus fact: The reason you commonly see green tree air fresheners in cars is partly thanks to Betty! She advertised the products and helped make the little scented trees famous throughout the world.
Betty posed for her final shoot in 1988 for Muscle and Fitness. Now known as Betty Wieder, she’s still working to promote fitness and donated $1 million to University of Texas at Austin’s Museum of Physical Culture in 2004.