In "Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders," Dana Presley Killmer, Shannon Baker Werthmann and Toni Washington said the rules for being a member were strict. The women could not go out in jeans. Their hair and makeup always had to be done, and they weren't allowed to talk to the football players or even date them.
Their image was in serious jeopardy in 1978 when the X-Rated movie "Debbie Does Dallas" was released. Squad leader Suzanne Mitchell took the filmmakers to court for trademark infringement and won.
“She addressed it, she told us what was happening and for us not to worry about it,” Baker Werthmann told Inside Edition. “We had three or four girls named Debbie at the time, they got some flak."
The women named Debbie who were Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders were not in the movie.
The former cheerleaders added that they never felt exploited despite being sex symbols. “I was never sexually harassed,” Presley Killmer said. “We never heard about sexual harassment.”
Each explained the best part about being a Cowboys cheerleader.
Washington said she doesn't "know who I would be today" if not for being a cheerleader, adding, “it changed who I am.”
Presley Killmer recalled “the sisterhood” as her favorite part, while Baker Werthmann explained that “dancing on the 100-yard line in front of all those fans” was her most treasured memory.