Betty Brosmer Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Jan 30, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Aug 23, 2022
Betty Brosmer was once described as having a glow that no other model at the time possessed!
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About Betty Brosmer

Betty Brosmer, the First Lady of Fitness was born on August 2, 1935.

Betty Brosmer is considered by many to be the first true supermodel. During her successful career, the fashion model appeared in high-profile magazines like LIFE and Time.

Betty Brosmer, a fitness expert and businesswoman, gets the credit for co-founding SHAPE by Weider magazines. It was the first-ever health and physical exercise journal that catered to a female audience. First published in 1981, SHAPE remains among the most widely circulated women's health publications. Brosmer's pictures appeared on album covers, calendars, and even on billboards in Times Square. In addition, Betty was also one of the first models to own the rights to her photographs. So it's no wonder she was one of the highest-paid supermodels of the '50s.

Betty Brosmer Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Betty Brosmer’s net worth?

The net worth of Betty Brosmer is not known.

How much does Betty Brosmer earn per year?

The annual earnings of Betty Brosmer are unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Betty Brosmer?

Betty Brosmer is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.

How old is Betty Brosmer?

Betty Brosmer is 87 years as of 2022. She was born on August 2, 1935.

Childhood And Education

Betty Chloe Brosmer was born to Vendla Alvaria Pippenger (Vendla Brosmer) and Andrew Brosemer on August 2, 1935, in Pasadena, California,

After the family moved from Pasadena, Betty Brosmer was brought up in the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Betty spent the majority of her younger years. The family then moved to Los Angeles when Betty was 11 years old. Betty naturally had a very petite figure. She wanted to look and feel stronger, so she began lifting and bodybuilding at a very young age. Due to all the training Betty did and her father's encouragement to become a fan of sports, Betty became quite an impressive athlete.

Brosmer's modeling career began very early. When she was 13, a picture of her appeared in a Sears & Roebuck catalog. She and her aunt then went to New York City to have her pictures taken by a professional photographer. Emerson Televisions purchased one of the photographs from that session, and it was widely publicized in national magazines and commercial advertising for a long period. Betty Brosmer was pursuing her education at George Washington Educational Campus at the time and later began pursuing a bachelor's in psychology at the University of California while juggling between her modeling career and her education.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Betty Brosmer’s partner?

Betty Brosmer was married to Canadian bodybuilder Joe Weider for 50 long years until Joe passed away in 2013 from congestive heart failure. Joe and Betty had met through an acquaintance of his, Keith Bernard. The muscle builder and entrepreneur wanted Betty Brosmer in a four-page spread in his Figure & Beauty magazine in 1956. Over time, Joe and Betty bonded over their mutual interests, and Betty became Joe's favorite model.

Betty and Joe got married on April 24, 1961. Joe Weider had a daughter named Lydia Ross from his first marriage with Hedwiges 'Vicky' Uzar. Joe and Betty did not have any children together.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Betty Brosmer's New York photoshoot lit the spark for her modeling career. Soon after she returned home to Los Angeles, the young model was contacted by Earl Moran and Alberto Vargas, two well-established pin-up painters of the time. Betty Brosmer went back to New York with her aunt so she could take up residency and start working on her portfolio. During the next few years, Betty found plenty of work as a commercial model, posing for countless magazines and appearing in photoshoots for luxury brands such as Christian Dior. Betty was also featured on the cover page of many post-war novels, particularly those of the romance genre. Betty herself revealed that she had to undergo so many makeup procedures that she looked ten years older than her actual age!

Betty Brosmer then signed a contract with photographer Keith Bernard, who had worked with beauty queens like Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe. She rose to become Bernard's highest-paid model.

After Betty Brosmer met and married Canadian bodybuilder Joe Weider, the fashion model stopped doing pin-ups and directed her focus toward health and fitness. She started working as a fitness trainer and also began writing pieces for Muscle And Fitness by Weider publications. She then founded the women's health magazine SHAPE along with Joe Weider and also co-wrote two fitness guides including 'The Weider Book Of Bodybuilding For Women' published in 1981 and 'The Weider Body Book' published in 1984.

Charity Work

Betty Brosmer and her husband Joe Weider made a large donation to the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. The center operated by the University of Texas is dedicated to preserving academic journals on physical culture and sports training. The Stark Center hadn't even fully taken off when the Weider couple pledged $1 million in 2004. They donated yet another $1 million in 2008.

In addition to the funding, the couple also donated more than 20 pieces of rare art and other memorabilia from their accumulated collections. This included oil paintings by renowned artist Thomas Beecham, bronze statues, and books.

What awards has Betty Brosmer won?

On Labor Day, 2012, Betty Brosmer was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Muscle Beach for her contributions to the industry as a fitness expert and trainer. She was also inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame.

Betty Brosmer’s Hobbies And Interests

Though she doesn't do pin-up photoshoots anymore, Betty Brosmer still loves to write and publish pieces on health and fitness. She has two magazine columns read by millions of readers every month; Body by Betty and Health by Betty.

Other Interesting Betty Brosmer Facts And Trivia

  • Betty Brosmer's measurements were revealed to be 38-18-36 (in). She was considered to have an hourglass figure.
  • The fashion model won more than 50 beauty pageants when she was just a teenager. During the height of her career in the '50s, she won bigger titles like Miss Television.
  • The University of Texas dedicated the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture to the Weider couple after their generous donations.
  • Due to the fitness training she took up when she was a teenager, Betty Brosmer was known as a tomboy both by her peers and her own family!
  • Betty Brosmer's glowy blonde looks were one of the inspirations for teen pop star Billie Eilish's June 2021 Vogue cover. Billie wanted to go for a classic, old-timey pin-up look, which is exactly what the Betty Brosmer aesthetic would provide.

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Betty Brosmer Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Betty Chloe Brosmer

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165 cm

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Child Star?



Model, Former Bodybuilder, Physical Fitness Expert, Author


University of California


Joe Weider


Vendla Brosmer, Andy Brosmer
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