BACK in 1980 a beautiful, if slightly skinny, woman called Rachel McLish entered and won the world's first Miss Olympia.
Little did she know way back then but the 22-year-old brunette, who weighed in at 130lbs, was to change the face of not just the fledgling sport of women's bodybuilding but the very perception of modern women.
Together with other female muscle pioneers like Carla Dunlap, Kike Elomaa, Lynn Conkwright, and Deborah Diana McLish showed it was possible for women to pump iron with jusy as much ferocity and focus as the boys.
And the results, athletic, lightly muscled and super-toned, looked pretty good too.
Fast forward three decades and look how far the sport has come.
Todays Ms (not Miss anymore!) Olympias are gargantuan by comparison.
2011 winner Iris Kyle flexes 16” biceps and 28” thighs and is 50lbs of solid muscle heavier than Mclish, at 180lbs.
McLish's arms were a mere 13 inches and quads 23” by comparison.
See below for the comparison pics.
RACHEL MCLISH V ROSEMARY JENNINGS
RACHEL MCLISH V IRIS KYLE
RACHEL MCLISH V DAYANA CADEAU