The Miss Correct Posture Contest

And today's weirdo Time Life photo archive find is...The Miss Correct Posture Contest! Yep, that's right, a beauty contest based on finding the possessor of perfect posture. In May 1956, a week-long chiropractic convention was held in Chicago, and in an effort to jazz up the convention, coordinators thought it would be a good idea to add a beauty contest to the events.

Lois Conway was crowned Miss Correct Posture, Marianne Caba took second and Ruth Swenson came in third. According to the Chicago Tribune, the contest winners “were picked not only by their apparent beauty, and their X-rays, but also by their standing posture. Each girl stood on a pair of scales – one foot to each – and the winning trio each registered exactly half their weight on each scale, confirming the correct standing posture.”

Believe it or not but this wasn't a one-time event, these contests were held up until 1969!

 Winners of the Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 Contestants in the 1956 Miss Correct Posture contest in Chicago.
 A contestant in the 1956 Miss Correct Posture contest.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.
 Winner of the Miss Correct Posture contest with her x-ray.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.

Photos by Wallace Kirkland for LIFE Magazine.