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How The “Perfect” Female Body Has Changed In 100 Years
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How The “Perfect” Female Body Has Changed In 100 Years

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the mainstream idea of the “perfect body shape” for women has shifted almost as often as fashion trends. In some cases, the contrast of the perfect women idea between decades is shocking, and speak volumes to public attitudes at the time – the beauty standards, basically, depended on whether or not people thought it was okay for women to have curves.

Countless diets, pills, and celebrity icons later, we’re still going wrong in 2017 by encouraging women and girls to constantly compare themselves to others, rather than loving the female body in their own right. At the very least, however, we’ve come farther than using such beauty trends as cigarettes and Wonder Bread to slim down.

Take a walk back in time with us, and marvel at the varyingly ridiculous expectations of the female figure over the years.

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Alice Joyce

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Jean Harlow

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Twiggy

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Farrah Fawcett

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Elle MacPherson

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Kate Moss

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Christina Aguilera

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Jeff Tan
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5 years ago

It would be interesting if someone made a post about the "perfect" male body through the decades. There seems to be a lot more posts and information about the female body. Could it be because females are constantly being objectified and scrutinised more closely than males?

Aunt Messy
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5 years ago

The look for men just hasn't changed much over the course of time. All you have to do is look at Greek statuary to see that. We saw an uptick in men with heavier musculature in the '90s, and there is a slight trend now towards skinny gits with neck beards, but these are not the mainstream.

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IRefuseToBePoliticallyCorrect
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5 years ago

Kim Kardashian is here as a joke? Famous becouse of sextape. O tempora o mores! BTW, ugly face, ugly body.

Si-Naron
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5 years ago

fake body*

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

I guess I"m in the small minority that goes for hearts not parts. I can appreciate a nice body, but someone kind hearted is sexy imo

Too Lazy To Care 🐼
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5 years ago

Agreed. I never really found people's looks/bodies attractive, I mostly find their personality attractive.

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Jeff Tan
Community Member
5 years ago

It would be interesting if someone made a post about the "perfect" male body through the decades. There seems to be a lot more posts and information about the female body. Could it be because females are constantly being objectified and scrutinised more closely than males?

Aunt Messy
Community Member
5 years ago

The look for men just hasn't changed much over the course of time. All you have to do is look at Greek statuary to see that. We saw an uptick in men with heavier musculature in the '90s, and there is a slight trend now towards skinny gits with neck beards, but these are not the mainstream.

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IRefuseToBePoliticallyCorrect
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5 years ago

Kim Kardashian is here as a joke? Famous becouse of sextape. O tempora o mores! BTW, ugly face, ugly body.

Si-Naron
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5 years ago

fake body*

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

I guess I"m in the small minority that goes for hearts not parts. I can appreciate a nice body, but someone kind hearted is sexy imo

Too Lazy To Care 🐼
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5 years ago

Agreed. I never really found people's looks/bodies attractive, I mostly find their personality attractive.

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