A Walkthrough On How The Ideal Female Body Has Changed Throughout The Century

Published on 12/07/2020
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You’ll hear this often: trends come and go. It won’t even take a full year before something fades. You can even see this on Pinterest, we can hardly keep up with the ebb and flow of the fashion industry. However, trends in clothes and apparel are not the only thing that rise and fall. The ideal female body also goes through an unstable fluctuating trend. Magazines have over the years demonstrated to us what is hot and not. Let us go back in time to look at how over a century the “ideal form” of the female body has evolved.

A Walkthrough On How The Ideal Female Body Has Changed Throughout The Century

A Walkthrough On How The Ideal Female Body Has Changed Throughout The Century

The Gibson Girl Of The ’10s

In the past, printing images on magazine pages was too expensive. In those days, businesses would employ illustrators to change the world. Charles Gibson was a popular illustrator of a women’s magazine. The artist has created the piece you see! He displayed rich women with tight corsets who gave them a figure in the hourglass and a straight-roded stance.

The Gibson Girl Of The ’10s

The Gibson Girl Of The ’10s

Camille Clifford Was A Gibson Girl In The Flesh

Camille Clifford was seen as the real-life version when it comes to the idea of the Gibson girl. She has participated in a competition to find somebody who looks like a sketch by Charles Gibson. She won at last! The judges thought that she looked more like the illustrations than any of the other candidates.

Camille Clifford Was A Gibson Girl In The Flesh

Camille Clifford Was A Gibson Girl In The Flesh

The Flapper Of The Roaring ‘20s

The girl from Gibson had little in common with the girl from the 20s. The blow-up doll did not wear a corset and had short hair. An hourglass shape or a spectacular updo was no longer trendy. Women eventually had the right to vote after the passage of the 19th amendment. This arose after about a century of struggle and activism! Following the political turmoil, beauty transformed.

The Flapper Of The Roaring ‘20s

The Flapper Of The Roaring ‘20s

Margaret Gorman Was A Lean Beauty

In the 1921 crowning of Miss America, Margaret Gorman was a beauty queen. Her fans thought she had the generation’s dream kind of physique. As you can see, the curvature of the Gibson girls from the past era was a far cry away. This time around, women with lean bodies were revered!

Margaret Gorman Was A Lean Beauty

Margaret Gorman Was A Lean Beauty

The Soft Siren Of The ‘30s

That was a fun and an amazing era, but those years of a Roaring Twenties didn’t go around forever. When the stock market plunged, the boxy flapper dresses fell down. In the 1930’s, women wore more fitted clothing, which better hugged the body curves. If that happened a few years ago, that would have been a false move!

The Soft Siren Of The ‘30s

The Soft Siren Of The ‘30s

Dolores Del Rio Was A Hollywood Stunner

During that time, when the ideal body was fussed, people looked at Dolores del Rio. Today’s children would have said she’s their body inspiration! Photoplay describes her body as the “Mexican star” the Hollywood actress with the best picture, “roundly turned” and “warmly curved.”

Delores Del Rio Was A Hollywood Stunner

Dolores Del Rio Was A Hollywood Stunner

The Star-Spangled Girl Of The ‘40s

There were several improvements in the 1940s. It is a decade of the Second World War that we must not ignore. The global war influenced almost all, including the ideal form of a female body. Long legs and broad shoulders were perceived as attractive. Also introduced during this time was the torpedo or “bullet” bra.

The Star Spangled Girl Of The ‘40s

The Star-Spangled Girl Of The ‘40s

Betty Grable Was The Pin-Up Girl Of The Decade

We are confident that you are familiar with Rosie the Riveter! And although Betty Grable was not as brawny as the feminist icon, we suspect that she was just as influential. In the ‘40s, she was perhaps the most revered pin-up girl! That is hardly an exaggeration to imagine that all the males in the military had a picture of her in their foot closets.

Betty Grable Was The Pin Up Girl Of The Decade

Betty Grable Was The Pin-Up Girl Of The Decade

The Hourglass Figure Of The ‘50s

Back in the ’40s, women that had a slight curve were the ideal. In the ’50s, it took a step further as people began loving an hourglass shape. People no longer desire a thin physique or strong shoulders. Even magazines started publishing advertisements for weight gainers that was supposed to widen your hips.

The Hourglass Figure Of The ‘50s

The Hourglass Figure Of The ‘50s

Marilyn Monroe Had The Ideal Body

We don’t have to introduce the woman in this photo. We don’t have to say a lot because we have no doubt that you know Marilyn Monroe! She has the perfect hourglass figure, after all. We are not sure that anyone can ever be better than her. That is why millions of women in the ’50s were jealous of her.

Marilyn Monroe Had The Ideal Body

Marilyn Monroe Had The Ideal Body

The Twig Of The ‘60s

As we all know, the world’s perception of an ideal body type goes from one end of the spectrum to the farthest opposite side. After 10 years, the coveted hourglass figure was replaced by the twig. Suddenly, people think that curves were no longer fashionable. During this period, people preferred thin limbs, small waists, and narrow hips.

The Twig Of The ‘60s

The Twig Of The ‘60s

Twiggy Is A Skinny Legend

Naturally, a particular model became the symbol of the ideal body during 1960. During this decade, Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson was the perfect woman. Honestly, it probably was not a lot of effort to keep her girlish figure because she had been into modeling ever since she was 16 years old in 1965.

Twiggy Is A Skinny Legend

Twiggy Is A Skinny Legend

The Disco Diva Of The ‘70s

We hope you will benefit from the pendulum! In the 1970s, curves were again valued by the general public. But it wasn’t the same as in the 1950s. One thing was that everyone had to adapt to such trends a bit more. Let us remember that this was the era of disco!

The Disco Diva Of The ‘70s

The Disco Diva Of The ‘70s

The Stars Of Charlie’s Angels

Without having to mention Charlie’s Angels, it is hard to talk about the females of the 1970s! We’ve got Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, Jake Jackson from left to right. They were considered one of the most renowned actresses in those days. In addition, people believed they were the incarnation of sex!

The Stars Of Charlie’s Angels

The Stars Of Charlie’s Angels

The Supermodel Of The ‘80s

In the ’80s, a new idea called the “supermodel” was presented in the world, a title given to women who are larger than average and have long legs. An episode of your favorite MTV show could not go through without spying on one of these magnificent ladies. During this time, they took the world by storm.

The Supermodel Of The ‘80s

The Supermodel Of The ‘80s

Rachel Hunter Is Taller Than Most

Rachel Hunter is taller than most males, just below six feet tall. When she walked next to her ex, Rod Stewart, it’s very evident. He was just 5’10” after all! In the 1980s and the 1990s we are sure you haven’t forgotten her. She was on Sports Illustrated Music videos and cover page!

Rachel Hunter Is Taller Than Most

Rachel Hunter Is Taller Than Most

Another Icon In The Form Of Elle Macpherson

It does not sound fair to talk about the supermodels of the 80s without mentioning a certain lady. This is none but Elle Macpherson, we talk about it! As you know, the Australian model remains strong. Indeed, she even appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition in 2014.

Another Icon In The Form Of Elle Macpherson

Another Icon In The Form Of Elle Macpherson

The Waif Of The ‘90s

We are certain that in the trends you could not miss the pattern. The next decade always seems to be a reaction to the previous one. We saw the waif rising in the ’90s. The kind of woman with a few curves was thin and short if any. This was the “heroin chic” look of other people. This is a different approach to what used to happen in the 1960s.

The Waif Of The ‘90s

The Waif Of The ‘90s

Winona Ryder Is Talented And Gorgeous

Don’t look any further if you were looking for a person who matches the definition! Winona Ryder fits the bill down to a tee. It was obvious that to a certain degree this helped her career. It goes without saying, of course, that she is indeed, at the same time, a talented actress of herself.

Winona Ryder Is Talented And Gorgeous

Winona Ryder Is Talented And Gorgeous

The Buff Beauty Of The 2000s

We had to address the Y2K problem at the turn of the century. In addition, we are also offering goodbye to the short fine girls. Again, on the front pages of magazines, we saw more and more athletic women! The emphasis on curves was less than in the fifties or eighty years, but more so than in the nineties.

The Buff Beauty Of The 2000s

The Buff Beauty Of The 2000s

Gisele Bundchen Is One Of The Most Beautiful Women Alive

At the turn of the century, Gisele Bundchen, a Brazilian supermodel, took the world by storm! For no reason Rolling Stone did not call her “The Most Lovely Girl of the World.” Although she is no longer in her prime, she kills her by shaping it for large clothing firms. Besides, her articles on the “Best Beautiful Women in the World” and Most Influential People in Mode” still feature her frequently.

Gisele Bundchen Is One Of The Most Beautiful Women Alive

Gisele Bundchen Is One Of The Most Beautiful Women Alive

The Booty Babe Of The 2010s

As we have said, after sufficient time every trend seems to be back in fashion. This is also relevant when it comes to the figure of the hourglass. People are supportive of the “booty” look thanks to Queen B. Curves have returned, although widespread hips and huge booms are more important!

The Booty Babe Of The 2010s

The Booty Babe Of The 2010s

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Assets

We’re sure that you know Kim Kardashian unless you left under a rock. Besides its TV show in reality and the husband, she is probably the best known for her ‘assets.’ Even a photograph shows a bottle of champagne that really leads to the place.

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Assets

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Assets

We Did Not Forget About Jennifer Lopez

Even though she did not become as famous and viral as Kim K, there is no way that Jennifer Lopez would be out of this list! It is just not possible. It’s only right that J. Lo is on this list. After all, she also published a hit called “Booty.” She was made to appear on lists such as this if you ask us. Ideals of beauty are different worldwide, every nation has an ideal difference, wait for Argentina to see…

We Did Not Forget About Jennifer Lopez

We Did Not Forget About Jennifer Lopez

U.S.A

Perceptions and preferences of the body type are often different depending on the region, individuals admire different characteristics in different places of the world and want to look a certain way compared to many others. The ideal of beauty in America, from the above, is big, curvy, with blue eyes and blonde hair. Soft brown eyes are still adored, however. America sets the stage for Westernized society in many ways, and celebrities can be seen in all shapes and sizes, so it is fascinating to see this traditional ideal.

U.S.A

U.S.A

China

In terms of women, China has always had its own particular look and its ideal beauty. Too much of the diaspora, their ideals were quite distinct. A lot of women in China aspire to be as slim as possible. Some of the biggest expectations women have are being very slim and very light skin, another factor is nose shape and wide eyes. Women aim to make their skin paler when it comes to makeup, and they even aim for tiny waists.

China

China

Egypt

Diversity can be seen between the Middle East as many individuals see attractiveness uniquely in many of the various countries, Egypt’s perception of beauty in women are those who are curvy and have a larger upper body. In Egyptian culture, it is assumed that these women are usually considered more appealing. The overall society, which is distinct from more western countries, is very conservative and secret. With such a body shape, Cleopatra was too visionary.

Egypt

Egypt

Switzerland

Slim, quite tall, is defined as the Swiss definition of the most attractive woman and brown hair is preferred over blonde. Fair eyes are considered the most appealing form of eyesight. On the opposite, a Swiss woman’s traditional ideal is blond with blue eyes, which is why it is so interesting. For these norms to be established, something must occur in each area, but the next definitions are really something else.

Switzerland

Switzerland

Bulgaria

A small and thin waist, a wide bust, and broad hips are the Bulgarian ideals of perfection or the traditional figure of Bulgarian females. The ideal, however, is that these women are generally small-boned and have long fingers and hands. Girls are generally thin with dark-colored hair, usually with very fresh and moisture-filled skin that allows them to look glowy because of the Bulgarian weather.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has found that a bit of form and curvature as well as small to medium-sized upper body sections are well-desired. For a woman, the ideal height is just under 6 feet, f ft 7 is a more precise approximation of what the ideal is. People have a different opinion in every country and this is exactly what is most commonly seen as the ideal of desired appearance and body shape. In the UK, women are typically imagined with defined cheeks and collarbones.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Philippines

The beauty ideal in the Philippines includes women with long and dark hair, an angular face and jaw, as well as small foreheads. In addition, women are also petite but very busty. The standard of beauty also tends to revolve a great deal around skin color and being pale. It is understood that people often scrub a lot and use products that make their skin lighter. In many Asian countries, this is a major beauty standard.

Philippines

Philippines

France

After the two are largely aligned, the French embody the supermodel look. French women especially like skinny and tall women. They conclude that these women can even look like a tomboy or embody the girl next door, but in all aspects, they are generally tall and petite. French women are usually natural and work to emphasize what they have, which means that plastic surgery and fake elements are often not seen or preferred.

France

France

Bangladesh

Brown eyes, simply perfect and flawless skin that shines are included in the Bangladesh beauty standard. They’re known for their radiant and glowing skin. Long, dark hair is also seen frequently. Thick eyebrows, a sharp nose, and larger eyes are also ideal expressions. The preference for the body is more of a curvy figure, but the emphasis is on facial features and hair, something we haven’t seen so much in other countries.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Chile

In fact, Chile’s fashion trends and beauty ideals date back to a more natural time, a time when people lived off the land and engaged in agriculture. In women with thinner eyebrows, women who wear little to no makeup, Chilean people thus see the ideal of beauty. The ideal, however, is also to be blond, which in Chile is uncommon. Many women dye their hair blonde and it is widely seen throughout the nation in advertisements.

Chile

Chile

Italy

In Italy, one can see that the ultimate goal and specification of beauty is rather similar to that of France in the manner that tall and skinny are the standard body structure. Italian women often have thin eyebrows and clear skin, and makeup is highly desired on the lips and eyelids with a tad of color. It is also a look that is somewhat soft and looks pleasant for one to touch, as far as being skinny is desired.

Italy

Italy

Nigeria

Lighter skin is seen in Nigeria as an association between wealth and work in higher classes. As many want to be affiliated with a higher class, skin lightening products are widely pursued out. The preference in terms of shape is, however, thicker and curvy females, due to the idea of being thin indicating illness or poor health. In Nigeria, therefore the ideal is to be curvy, dense, and somewhat larger as a measure of good health.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Romania

Romanian women face a severe burden to be thin, which makes it a part of the cultural values to smoke and diet. In addition, in the manner that plastic surgery is very much done and very available, they are very much influenced by western ways. It is not uncommon for women to see a teacher in heels, no matter what their profession is to dress up. Long hair, preserved nails, and a well-built type of body on the bust and trim.

Romania

Romania

Serbia

In Serbia, the ideal of facial beauty also promotes large, blue eyes and big lips. Body-wise, however, Serbian women should ideally be long-legged, thin with a larger than average bust. The ideal is also to be well maintained-to have one’s hair and nails done. Serbian women are responsible for many of the world’s models, and they are truly amazing.

Serbia

Serbia

South Africa

When it comes to physical appearance and values of beauty, South Africa embodies many distinct views. There are many perceptions of its many cultural groups. However, having a tiny waist, wide hips, and a bigger bottom is one of the main principles. South Africa, rich in its culture, also promotes a desire for lighter skin among black people, but a need to be somewhat tanned among white people. Fair eyes are widely desired with regard to eye color.

South Africa

South Africa

Ukraine

In Ukraine, as much as we think blonde hair and blue eyes are desired, it is actually the opposite. Dark hair and prominent cheekbones is seen as beautiful. The beauty ideal values slim and pale women, but chubby women were actually admired and valued as the ideal until the 20th century. They prefer a natural look and do not expect women to look like models. Ukraine does not value a fake look or a plastic look.

Ukraine

Ukraine

Peru

Peru values the beauty of its indigenous people much as Chile does, but this is not what their dream is the Western view of beauty is what wealth admires and identifies with. The standard of beauty values a western look with blonde hair and blue eyes of tall, skinny women. They fear the idea that their skin may darken and many of those who work outdoors cover up from head to toe in order to prevent any formation of darkening melanin, showing a multitude of cultures and different origins in Peru.

Peru

Peru

Netherlands

In the modeling industry, Dutch women who are always desired, are tall, slender, and have elongated features. Dutch women always look very natural, but on average, they are among the tallest in the world. Blonde is very much wanted, but more a commonality, not necessarily a major preference.

Netherlands

Netherlands

Argentina

A curvy figure is admired in Argentina-slim waits and large hips, but Argentine women also wear accentuating, bright bursts of makeup and drastic lashes. Some of the facial preferences include normal and transparent skin but very attention-drawing lips. Other common discoveries are big eyes and tight-fitting clothing.

Argentia

Argentina

Kenya

Kenya’s tall foreheads, elongated arms, slender bodies, and dark skin are only a few admirers. In addition, it is found that bright colors like to be worn not only in clothes, but also in makeup, short hair is another characteristic seen among Kenyans and culture in Kenya.

Kenya

Kenya

What Comes After This

If there is something that we can take away from this, it is the concept that there really is no perfection. When it comes to stuff like body values, this is even more real! These unreasonable expectations are generated by people for something that most people can’t influence. Ultimately, looking in the mirror is the only thing to do. If what you see makes you happy, then that is all that matters!

What Comes After This

What Comes After This

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