I was watching “Supersize She” last night - a documentary about Joanna Thomas, a British bodybuilder who was trying to win the Ms. Olympia contest.
She says she has gotten her physique through natural methods and does not use steroids. (Google <Joanna Thomas female bodybuilder> if you want to see pictures). My question is: she, and all the other female bodybuilders they showed, were extremely masculine-looking in the face. Obviously also in the body but I’m not talking about that. Their faces were very manly. Joanna would make a quite handsome man herself, and when she was shown with makeup, she and every other woman shown looked like men in drag. I was really focusing just on their faces and trying not to consider the bodies also, and they really looked manly. All of them - so you’d have to assume if it were steroids, that ALL of them take them. (Maybe they do; I don’t know.)
Assuming that she truly doesn’t take steroids, what is it about extreme bodybuilding that would cause all the women to have masculine facial characteristics? Does the female body produce testosterone when one bulks up to that extent? Is it just a by-product of having virtually zero body fat, which makes the face much more angular than normal, with a much more pronounced bone structure? Or would the consensus be that they really are taking steroids and that’s why they develop masculine features?
From what I could tell, none of them had facial hair or shadows; but their faces were manly. I would think steroids would cause hair growth, not just nominally masculine features. They did some extreme closeups of Joanna and I couldn’t see any evidence of her shaving her face.