Flamin’ Mamie’s Bouffant Belles
How things have changed for our female athletes! This photo, taken in 1964, is a shocking revelation as to just how far we’ve come. While we’re sure these women were happy to take to the track in full makeup and perfectly beehive-d hair, there’s just no way you’d see a female athlete looking like this today. Interestingly enough, it’s women like the ones you see in this photo who fought for the social changes that freed life up for the women of today. Whether you agree with the concept of athletes competing in full hair and makeup or not, you have to admit these ladies are stylin’.
They are all members of the UT ladies track team and they called themselves “Flamin’ Mamie’s Bouffant Belles.” As the name suggests, these gals embraced their bouffants. It was a part of their culture and, if you took a trip back in time to suggest they ditch the dos in favor of a more athletic image, these flamin’ mamas would probably tell you precisely where you could shove your advice!
Oscar Gamble And His Amazing Afro
Speaking of time travel, can you imagine how incredible it would be to spend your holidays back in your decade of choice? You’d get to soak in all the culture, see the bands you love from that era live and in their prime, visit historical figures. In short, you’d get to know, first hand, what it was to be a part of that unique slice of human history. By now, you surely have a decade in mind; the one you’d choose to go back to if presented with a free trip in a time machine.
If the 70s is your jam, then you may want to consider getting your hair in order before you head off, to be sure you fit in. The rule to go by for this decade? Bigger is better. If you can manage a bangin’ afro like the one pictured here, more power to you. Whether your hair is capable of reaching these heights or not, you have to admire the luscious fro that pro baseball player, Oscar Gamble, is sporting here. With that handlebar mustache completing the look, it’s about as 70s as you can get.