Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas' Dress, 1967
While the Mamas and the Papas were defining a lifestyle for their fans to emulate, Cass Elliot was redefining the concept of beauty. There's no doubt that with her rich, vibrant contralto, vocally she was the strongest member of the group. Most critics, however, focused on her size. While Cass may or may not have internalized all of the attention paid to her weight, she gave every appearance of being comfortable in her skin and is a seminal influence in the movement towards destigmatization of obesity. In 1966, New York magazine wrote about Cass, "She is a star, not despite her weight, or because of it, but beyond it."
Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum