There is always a societal comment on what the ‘correct’ or ‘ideal’ body should be, especially when it comes to women. The funny thing is, that this ideal has changed significantly and many times, throughout the years. It seems as if each generation has a different preference when it comes to how a woman’s body should look.
Check out this timeline breakdown to learn more about the changing ideal:
#1 1910s: The Gibson Girl
Allowing women to become more modern in their style.
Accentuating small waist size, using corsets.
#2 1920s: Flappers
Rebellious party girls.
Short hair and petite builds with small hips and breasts.
Looser clothing, such as dresses, were preferred.
#3 1930s: Conservative, but Sexy
Clothes that covered skin.
Focus on the V-shape in fashion.
#4 1940s: Good Old American Beauty
Heavier and healthier body weights.
Curves throughout body appreciated.
Skinny ladies felt they had to gain weight.
#5 1950s: Hard Hourglass Figure
Tiny waists, but robust breasts and curvy hips were desired.
Women used corsets to achieve the look.
#6 1960s: Age of Twiggy
Sharp shift back to very petite and thin body types.
Shorter hair with doll facial features.
Needed to have naturally skinny body.
#7 1970s: Disco Ladies
Emphasis on natural and healthy body types.
Hair style was puffed and feathered to make it seem more natural.
#8 1980s: Supermodel Reign
Height and posture were popular, along with being thin in the right places.
Tanner skin and curves where they should be.
#9 1990s: Super Skinny
Super thin and petite body types desired.
#10 2000s: Athletic Bodies
Healthy weights and strong bodies in fashion.
Muscles defined and looking like you’re in shape.
#11 2010s: Lots of Booty
Natural curves embraced.
Having a large and curvy butt in fashion.
More acceptance for natural body types.
There is constant evolution in what is seen as the ideal body type, and it is likely to change again in the future. Embrace your body and love yourself.
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