While there may be a particular body type that is considered "in" at every given moment in time, this idea of how women should look changes quite frequently. Depending on the time in which you are living, celebrities like Sofia Vergara or Keira Knightly may be seen as the sexiest celebrities. These are two women who are built completely different, so how can they both be considered the hottest?
A woman's look can be affected by many different factors. An "It Girl" can have a lot of influence over the popular look of the moment. It is no surprise that when Marilyn Monroe was a Hollywood star, her curvy figure was in style. When Kate Moss exploded into an iconic supermodel status, her “heroin chic” physique was all the rage. Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss have little in common when it comes to the shapes of their bodies but they were both "it girls" who had the ability to influence an entire country’s idea of what was attractive.
Cultural and societal changes also affect what is considered attractive. After women won the right to vote in 1919, they rebelled away from the corsets that had constricted them in the past. No longer would they suffer in order to mold their bodies into the figures men wanted. Suddenly, women's bodies went from the curves achieved with a corset to a curve-less shape, bodies hidden under boxy, flapper dresses. When the workout craze swept the nation in the 1980s, muscular, fit bodies were suddenly in. What is considered "perfect" is constantly changing with our nation's current priorities and preoccupations.
The following examines the past 100 years of women's changing physiques in detail:
11 1910s - The Gibson Girl
10 1920s - The Flapper
9 1930s - Softer Curves Are In
8 1940s - Strong Women
7 1950s - The Hourglass
6 1960s - Twiggy-Thin Is In
5 1970s - The Tall, Lean Disco Queen
4 1980s - The Workout Girl
3 1990s - Heroin Chic
2 2000s - Abs-olutely Toned Women
1 2010s - The Gibson Girl With Booty
100 years after shedding the corset, after being thin, curvy and muscular, it seems that women are adhering to exaggerated silhouettes once again. This version of the hourglass figure favors even more exaggerated curves as breasts and booties have grown to preposterous proportions but it is still expected that women have teeny tiny waists and thigh gaps. Like the 1910s, this figure is not usually achieved through natural genetics. Unlike the 1910s, women no longer force themselves to wear corsets and struggle to breathe. Now, they just turn to plastic surgery to achieve the body they want, which you've learned changes as quickly as the social and economic climate.
Sources: Greatist, Huffington Post, Lifting Revolution
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