Chus Martinez On Wet T-ShirtsPosted: December 27, 2012
A wet t-shirt contest is an exhibitionistic competition typically featuring young women contestants at a nightclub, bar, or resort. They have traditionally been a staple of college spring break celebrations at locations such as Daytona Beach and Cancún.
Contestants generally wear white or light-coloured t-shirts without bras or other garments beneath. Water is then sprayed or poured onto the participants’ chests, causing their t-shirts to turn translucent and cling to their breasts.
Contestants may take turns dancing or posing before the audience, with the winner decided either by crowd reaction or by the opinions of judges.
In more racy contests, participants may tear or crop their t-shirts to expose midriffs, cleavage, or the undersides of their breasts. Depending on local laws, participants may or may not be allowed to remove their t-shirts during their performance.
The idea of the wet t-shirt contest originated in Spain in the 1940s, around the same time as the introduction of the Spanish festival La Tomatina. La Tomatina is a large public tomato fight where participants become soaked with juice from tomatoes.
In the United States wet t-shirt contests first made an organized appearance in Palm Beach, California in the 1970s. Contests were becoming frequently hosted in local bars and restaurants. Many sources claim that the popularity of wet t-shirt contests can be traced back to Jacqueline Bisset’s appearance in the 1977 film The Deep, where she swam underwater for several scenes wearing only a white t-shirt.