Actually, wearing a T-shirt has historically been a "guy thing". Marlon Brando has probably kicked off the trend when he sported a simple white T-shirt in the film "The Wild Ones" back in the early 60's. Thanks to Marlon, T-shirts as a fashion-statement were off and running. But the things have changed later on.
All things being equal, women discovered that wearing a T-shirt was not only comfortable but could even be alluring and sexy. But T-shirts in the 60's were a product of the times. Even in the classiest strip clubs of the era, you didn't find erotic dancers performing a contest wet T-shirt and shimmying under a cascade of water (with the latest hits blaring in the backround). That would come later.
Usher in the 70's, and there's none other than Jacqueline Bisset in the film classic "The Deep", scuba diving under water in a wet T-shirt that not only clung to her supple breasts, but accented her visibly erect nipples. And thus an industry was born: beautiful women, wet T-shirt, a little backround music and the latest fad was off and running with the creation of the contest wet T-shirt.
The natural evolution of the contest wet T-shirt quickly kept pace with the sexual revolution and the explosion of college spring break on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida, New Orleans and other locations. Contest Wet T-shirt were the result. Wet T-shirt contests offered women to display their inner self. Or in this case at least their breasts. As the girls were encouraged to wear a white or light-colored T-shirt without a bra. The women would usually dance on a stage during this wet party while being sprayed with water, which makes their T-shirts semi-transparent. Often, ice water was used for this purpose in order to cause erect nipples. And to make the whole wet party somewhat legit, a cash prize of a hundred dollars or more was usually offered to the young woman with the best looking... wet T-shirt. Or breasts. whatever.
Contest wet T-shirt can be considered a form of striptease or erotic dance. The wet party performance typically causes sexual stimulation or arousal among the audience, which usually consists predominantly of young heterosexual males with lots of money to spend.
But hot bodies in wet T-shirts and wet parties aren't just an American phenomenon. Similarly, contest wet T-shirt were used in the United Kingdom in the 1980s to find new "Page 3" models. Both Stacey Owen and Debbie Quorell were discovered in this way. And if you don't know who they are or why they are famous, stop what you're doing right now and do a Google search immediately. You will surely experience some moments of pleasure, coming from your eyes.
Yes, it's comforting to know that in these times of homeland security and Big Brotherism. Some of the simple things in life continue to endure: a young girl with great assets, displaying her talent and ability under the guise of a wet T-shirt, lots of water and a wet party that brings in lots of patrons and even more money.