For instance, hark back to the song "Everything's up to date in Kansas City" from "Oklahoma":
"Everything's up to date in Kansas City
They've gone about as far as they can go
They got a nude theater they call a burlesque
For fifty cents you can see a dandy show.
One of the girls was fat and pink and pretty
As round above as she was round below
I could swear that she was padded from her shoulder to her heel
But later in the second act when she began to peel
She proved that everything she had was absolutely real
She went about as far as she could go!
They've gone about as far as she could go!"
Yep, women had to pad themselves to appear larger...all to appear more beautiful!