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The classic softcore competitions are dwindling in the MeToo era. Case in point: This is the only wet T-shirt contest I could find in the entire continent. Despite their ubiquity in the s during Spring Break in college resort towns like Cancun , Cabo and Key West , wet T-shirt contests are dwindling in a post-MeToo era. Given that t he first Oregonian Klansmen was sworn in by a gregarious Louisianan 12 miles away in Medford in , I decide not to mention that a gay man will, in fact, be selecting the best boob in the room today.
Out back, on a gravel courtyard about the size of a tennis court and a makeshift stage constructed with junkyard lumber, a crowd of 75 onlookers sit at picnic tables awaiting the main event. As the crowd cheers them on, they shimmy until the judges declare a winner, and receive a small prize: free drinks or a drier, less-sheer T-shirt. A post shared by C. Like the audience and judges, the contestants are predominantly white and range in age from mids to mids, with varying career paths.
Kyla Defranco , a year-old occupational therapist, explains she grew up in the bible belt of Ohio and has never even seen a wet T-shirt contest, much less competed in one. Exactly where and when the first wet T-shirt contest occurred is unclear.
They rose in popularity following the movie The Deep , which featured Jacqueline Bisset swimming underwater in a thin, white shirt that clung to her bare breasts, increasing the box office appeal and leading to a surge of wet T-shirt contests nationwide. The United Airlines crew — six pilots with a blonde stewardess wearing a fur coat — was seated at the first table and elected to go first. When Barrymore cued the band, the fur coat flew off.
The gauntlet had been thrown, with remaining contestants frantically changing their attire in the dressing room backstage, each T-shirt wetter than the next. Wet T-shirt contests soon became a mainstay on the ski circuit, requiring similar prerequisites for victory.
She got pissed off and stormed out of the place. I think she was a professional stripper, which disqualified her in my opinion. The wet T-shirt contest is an amateur sport.
MTV faithfully captured the action beginning in , featuring live performances, beach parties and, to the chagrin of MTV purists, wet T-shirt contests. The week of bacchanalian excess landed in Key West, Florida. All the cash went to the winner. Some girls could pay for their whole vacation with the money we raised.
The motto in Key West used to be, what happens on the rock stays on the rock , Bushey says, but as moments of indiscretion began following young women home, it became harder and harder to get them to sign up. Suddenly there are far fewer wet T-shirt contests. I thought it was a hell of a good idea. A foursome of old timers seated beside us, one with a pair of hooks for hands, concurs. Lisa Thompson , a former horse trainer for Wayne Newton and Patrick Swayze — and among the oldest contestants, at age 53 — leans in curiously close when I ask for her take on the festivities.
She proudly accepts the trophy and strikes a victorious pose. Brian Smith writes hard-hitting gonzo features for MEL, whether it be training with a masturbation coach, receiving psycho corporal treatment from a spank therapist, or embarking on a week-long pleasure cruise with 75 Santa Clauses following their busy season. It gets double points for managing to pull off that project with style and charm, not self-seriousness.
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