Female Bodybuilders by Martin Schoeller (9 pictures)

Martin Schoeller, the New York based photographer best know for his tight portraits or “Close Up” series, remains at the forefront of the photographic community. Here is a selection from one of his last works: Female Bodybulders.

Female bodybuilding is the female component of competitive bodybuilding. It began in the late 1970s when women began to take part in bodybuilding competitions. Although these early events were regarded as bodybuilding contests, the women wore high-heeled shoes, and did not clench their fists while posing. Additionally, they were not allowed to use the three so-called “men’s poses” — the double biceps, crab, and lat spread. The contests were generally held by promoters acting independently; the sport still lacked a governing body. That would change in 1980. [via]


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