Look How The ‘Ideal’ Female Body Has Changed Through The Years.
Throughout history, the ideal female body type has changed from plump, boyish, curvaceous, androgynous, and athletic. Women have been trying to live up to society's body ideals since the very beginning.
Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is believed to have influenced the view of women in the Western world and part of the East. The man, who lived between 384 to 322 BC, believed that the female body was "a deformity." In fact, ancient Greeks felt men were the perfect specimen not just in mind but body too. Understanding these unrealistic expectations may be what women need to finally be at peace with their natural body.
The 1600 and 1700s were about abundance.
The best way for a man to display his wealth was by showing off his robust wife. Fuller hips, large bosoms, and a plump stomach not only signified beauty but also the social standing and wealth she belonged to.
Rubens, Venus at a Mirror, c. 1615
Tiny waists were the norm in the 1800 and 1900s.
During the Victorian era in Europe, women wrapped their torsos tightly in corsets to make their waists appear as small as possible. Studies today show that these corsets not only made the average sized waists measure just 22 inches, it also deformed the ribs, and misaligned the vertebral spines.
Alice Regnault, Paris, ca.1880
The rise of the Gibson Girl in the 1900s.
The Gibson Girl was athletic with a large bust, wide hips but still had to have a small waist. Women were still wearing corsets but not to the extreme of the past generation.
The feminine and boyish look was the style of the 1920s.
Perhaps as a rebellion against the corset, women in the 1920s wore, long "flapper" dresses that hid their hips and waists. The long, boxy dresses were more boyish than curve-hugging.
Women's hair also had a revolutionary moment.
Rather than keep long tresses, most women preferred a short, bob cut. Instead of displaying their cleavage, arms and legs past the knees were shown off.
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