Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Censorship and Early Hollywood published in Sport in History.

SiHMy article ‘Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Censorship and Early Hollywood’ is finally published in the second of two special editions of Sport in History this month entitled Sport’s Relationship with other Leisure Industries. 

The article grew out of the paper I gave at the Institute of Historical Research back in 2013 and which featured in their podcast series, available here.

This article explores the mutually beneficial relationship between the American swimsuit and film industries during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Three examples are used: Fatty and the Bathing Beauties from 1913 (prior to regulated film content), Footlight Parade from 1933 (when limited self-regulation had been put in place, but was not yet rigorously enforced) and the Tarzan film franchise (which spans both the second Continue reading