Women's Physique World
January/February 1995 issue
|Publisher||Women's Physique World, Inc.|
|First issue||Fall 1984|
|Based in||Midland Park, N.J.|
History and profile
The first issue was dated Fall 1984, and featured Lori Walkup on the cover. Subsequently, the magazine has been published with varying frequency, ranging from two to six issues annually.
Women's Physique World also produces documentary style videos that feature the women posing in non-contest settings in bikinis, dresses, and other outfits. Most of the videos feature bodybuilders or fitness and figure competitors, but athletes from sports such as arm wrestling and track & field are occasionally featured. The videos often include footage of the subjects performing gym workouts, as well as interview segments. WPW has also produced a number of contest videos. These typically feature NPC level shows, though WPW also produced the video for the 1999 Ms. Olympia contest.
Human sexuality scholar Cindy Patton observed that the female bodybuilders in Women's Physique World are shown as "fresh-faced girls who seem to have accidentally produced their specialized shape".
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