Women's Ideal Body Types Throughout History

How beauty standards have changed

In the first decade of the 20th century, the American illustrator Charles Gibson rather accurately depicted the ideal of his time. It was a feminine lady with high hair, large bust and hips, and a thin waist. To achieve conformity, secular lionesses wore corsets and flowing dresses to the floor, and in order to create the illusion of fluffy hair, did not hesitate to use chignons. However, the girls of the “Beautiful Age” were no longer so helpless and dependent on men as their mothers. Confident in their charm, they received an education and sought to diversify their self-improvement.
The 20s gave rise to a new type - “flapper”, a frivolous girl-rattle with a boyish figure. Short dresses and haircuts allowed to keep up with the times, spending time and entertainment, and sports, and personal achievements. Family values ​​began to lose their former value, and early marriages became a hindrance.
The prewar 30s demanded new standards of beauty. In favor was an athletic body folded, intended for labor and service for the benefit of the Fatherland. The cult of sport can be traced in America, Europe, the USSR, because for battles you need strong and enduring fighters, nurses, rear workers. Healthy beauty held its position until the late 40s, leaving a lot of posters and cards with playful girls "pin up".
In 1947, Christian Dior offered the New Look to the world that was tired of war, which brought back the popularity of feminine pampering, corsets and lush dresses. The figure resembling a guitar is again relevant. The style icons are Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page, Jane Mansfield, they are imitated by many long-legged beauty-blondes with neat noses and plump lips.
By the beginning of the “sixties”, the fashion had once again changed abruptly, and the angularity of a teenager replaced the beauty of a mature woman. Supermodel Twiggy, a thin girl in a short colored dress, is considered to be the face of the decade. Slim and long legs became a cult of the 60s, despite the protests of doctors.
The situation began to level off by the 70s, when painful thinness ceased to be an ideal, giving way to healthy beauty.The pendulum again rushed in the direction of naturalness: the type of a fair-haired girl with regular features and a harmonious physique is relevant. Bright makeup is no longer popular.
By the onset of the 80s, women had ceased to believe in the beauty of nature, realizing that the right forms can be obtained only through grueling workouts. Jane Fonda's aerobic courses are gaining immense popularity, women again exhaust themselves with diets and shaping, but they gradually come to the need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
This trend was briefly interrupted by the “heroic chic” phenomenon of Kate Moss and her imitators. Painful thinness of face and body, bright make-up against the background of pallor and negligence in the image marked the period of grunge in fashion. Fortunately, these unhealthy times are over.
The ideal girl of the beginning of the XXI century is most similar to her predecessors of the 70-80s. She is of medium height, moderately tanned, toned and graceful. She is much smarter than the "Gibson girl" and knows more about nutrition than the Anorexic 90s. However, she is often fooling around in the manner of a “flapper” or a hippie teenager from the 60s, but the men are no less crazy about her than she was of the incomparable Marilyn Monroe.Imperfection of appearance, it turns into a highlight, or so skillfully disguises that no one would guess about their existence.

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