Water Wench Wednesday

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“Early tattooed lady Emma de Burgh in a scandalously revealing outfit, 1880’s…
Illinois State University Special Collections”

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First woman in Australia to wear a one-piece bathing suit – early 1900s
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image_thumb4Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1887 – 5 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. The majority of Kellerman’s films had themes of aquatic adventure. She performed her own stunts including diving from ninety-two feet into the sea and sixty feet into a pool of crocodiles. Many times she would play mermaids named Annette or variations of her own name.

She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume and inspired others to follow her example. She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her 1907 performance of the first water ballet in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome.

Kellerman was famous for advocating the right of women to wear a one-piece bathing suit, which was controversial at the time. According to an Australian magazine, “In the early 1900s, women were expected to wear cumbersome dress and pantaloon combinations when swimming. In 1907, at the height of her popularity, Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency – she was wearing one of her fitted one-piece costumes.

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“The Perfect Woman” courtesy of Exposed: The Story of Swimwear

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The Bathers by Pablo Picasso, 1918 – via frenchtwist

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Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Esther Williams portrays real-life Australian swimming champ Annette Kellerman. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and costarring Victor Mature, this film was nominated for Best Color Cinematography. The movie includes a Busby Berkeley choreographed water ballet extravaganza. This is considered to be Esther’s signature film. (via retroist.com)

Million Dollar Mermaid on imdbposter via Fanpix.net

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