INSPIRATION: Abbey 'Pudgy' Stockton
Abbey 'Pudgy' Stockton was a professional Strong Woman who became famous during the 1940s for her endeavours at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica California. Her nickname 'Pudgy' was given to her as a child even though she ironically only weighed 115lbs (52kg) standing at 5' 2" as an adult. Abbey is described as a pioneer for female bodybuilding, as she completely smashed the current stereotypes of female beauty at the time. She is the Classical Bodybuilding Era's Golden girl.
While writing a column named 'Barbelles' for the most prestigious Fitness magazine of the times, Strength & Health, she helped create the first Female Weight Lifting Contest in 1947 where she pressed 100lbs, snatched 105lbs and clean and jerked 135lbs.
Pudgy received fame for various stunts she pulled off. One included an acrobatic feat involving her and her Husband Les; She managed to support him above her head (all 180lbs of him - 81kg) in a hand to hand stand. Stunts like this made her a media sensation, and she thus did many photo-shoots, eventually totaling over 40 magazines - some while posing with male bodybuilders of the time like Steve Reeves and John Grimek.