Many people want to be thinner, but having to worry about getting thinner to keep a job is an entirely different story. Actresses from the hit television show Baywatch, which starred several scantily-clad lifeguards, have recently opened up about weight restrictions imposed on the film stars.
Nicole Eggert who starred in the show from 1992 to 1994 spoke with Entertainment Tonight about these restrictions where she explained that there, “was a five-pound fluctuation, you couldn’t go up or down.”
The sizes were considered crucial in order to maintain physiques necessary to wear the revealing red swimsuits. Nicole explained the difficulties at keeping the suits firmly in place.
“We had plenty of moments where it didn’t really stay on, especially the top too because it had a really low back so one little slip and the shoulder came off. You know what happens when the shoulder comes off. It happened a lot,” Nicole Eggert said.
Cast member Traci Bingham, enforced the same sentiments.
“When I auditioned for the show, I was asked to try on a suit and it was Pamela’s [Anderson]. I didn’t think it would fit, but it did. So, yeah, it was pretty awkward from the beginning.” Traci said before continuing, “If you did anything to gain or lose weight, etc., you were in trouble.”
Nicole Eggert went on to speak about the competitive nature of the cast members where many of the stars became consumed with their appearances and ability to book magazine gigs.
“It got very competitive as the years went on. There were more women going for that look and wanting to be the hottest and the sexiest. Just cattiness, you know? Who got more airplay or who booked this magazine [and] who did this photo shoot,” Nicole said.
The following video shows the opening credits for Baywatch when the show aired during the nineties.