In the 1950s, a time when the use of plastic surgery was purely medical and had not been perfected to sculpt perfect hourglass body shapes, models like Betty Brosmer, who were naturally blessed and had blood and sweat in the gym to get their perfect body, were the most sorted after and successful people in the business.

Join us to discover the life and career of this bodybuilder and fitness expert, who would be the first model to have rights to all his photos, obtaining a percentage each time his photo was published in advertisements, commercial catalogs, milk cartons and road signs.

Biography of Betty Brosmer

On August 2, 1935, in Los AngelesCity of Pasadena County, California, Betty Brosmer was born to her parents; Andy and Vendla Brosmer. Her parents raised her in the town of Carmel, Monterey County, until she was about 10 years old when they moved back to Los Angeles.

From an early age, Brosmer became interested in bodybuilding and bodybuilding, which she began to get involved with in her early teens. Her toned body and figure, matched by her natural beauty, landed her in a Sears catalog post when she was 13 years old., further boosting her profile in the world of modeling and advertising.

With the encouragement of her family, particularly her aunt, Betty Brosmer moved to New York in 1950. She was enrolled at George Washington High School in Manhattan and began her career as a commercial and fashion model, gracing the covers of very popular romance, crime and pulp magazines, before getting to pose for Christian Dior. She has also participated in a number of beauty pageants in the New York area which she won.

After graduating from high school, at the age of 18, Brosmer returned to California, where she continued her work in fashion and commercial modeling, appearing on the covers of magazines like Modern Man, Photoplay, and Rogue, among others. . During this time, she chose to further her education by enrolling at the University of California, Los Angeles to study psychology.


Not much is known about Betty Brosmer’s parents;Andy and Vendla Brosmer. It has been reported that growing up, Brosmer was somewhat of a tomboy, due to his very close relationship with his father who was a huge sports fan. This relationship was the source of his huge interest in sports and fitness.

Who is Betty Brosmer’s Spouse?

On April 24, 1961, Betty Brosmer marriedCanadian bodybuilder and entrepreneur, Joe Weider. The couple had met a few years earlier after Brosmer’s first appearance in Weider magazine in 1956. Weider is said to have been very impressed with Brosmer’s work, that he continued to ask to work with her, often describing her as his favorite role model. The two later grew closer, as they bonded over their mutual interests which surrounded fitness and psychology.

During this time, Weider was married to his first wife, Hedwiges Uzar. The two divorced in 1960, after having one child, a daughter named Lydia Ross, allowing Brosmer and Weider to marry. Together, the new couple, who were now considered the first couple in bodybuilding, began working side by side, creating books on bodybuilding; The Weider Book of Bodybuilding for Women (1981) and The Weider Body Book (1984) then played an important role in making the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) what it is today.

Brosmer and Weider had no children, but were together for more than 50 years, until Weider died on March 23, 2013, at the age of 93.

Body measurements

Betty Brosmer was known for her very short stature, which earned her the nickname “impossible size girl”. Her large natural breasts and wide hips added to what made her the most popular commercial pin-up model of the 1950s.

According to multiple sources, his exact body measurements at the height of his career were 37-18-36 inches (94-46-91 cm). She weighed around 45 kg (99 lb) and was 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall.

Where is she now?

Following her husband’s death in 2013, Betty Brosmer has kept a low profile, although she has occasionally been spotted at a few public events. In 2014, she was present at her induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame. On June 4, 2016, she was seen alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger at the official opening ceremony for the Backbone Trail at Will Rogers State Park. In 2017, she was on hand to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arnold Classic.