If you ever went to college one of the highlights were the Saturday night wet t-shirt contests. Now, imagine that instead of every girl in every shape and size like you would see in those contests, you would have a contest made up of actresses and models. Well, that’s what you’ll find here in both photos and one video.
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The idea of the wet t-shirt contest originated in Spain in the 1940s, around the same time as the introduction of the Spanish festival La Tomatina. La Tomatina is a large public tomato fight where participants become soaked with juice from tomatoes.
In the United States, skiing filmmaker Richard Barrymore claims in his memoir Breaking Even to have held the first wet t-shirt contest at Sun Valley, Idaho’s Boiler Room Bar in January 1971, as part of a promotion for K2 skis.
He held another promotional contest for K2 on 10 March 1971 at Aspen, Colorado’s The Red Onion restaurant and bar, and the contests were featured in a pictorial in the March 1972 issue of a men’s magazine. Later, contests made an appearance in Palm Beach, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the mid-1970s.
Contests were becoming frequently hosted in local bars and restaurants. Many sources claim that the popularity of contests can be traced back to Jacqueline Bisset’s appearance in the 1977 film The Deep, where she swam underwater in several scenes wearing only a white t-shirt.