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From Tiny Waists To Ample Posteriors: How The Ideal Body Shape Has Changed Over 100 Years

July 17, 2015 2 min read

We know, we know, an ideal body type is subjective but based on the way media handles things, our current ideal is to look like a Kardashian -- tiny waist, big butt. However, that wasn't always the case. In the early 1900's, women wore tight fitting corsets to achieve a wasp-waisted look. This look, of course, also produced a more than ample bosom. But the out break of World War I changed things and by the end of it, women had shed the corsets and hobble skirts for knee length skirts, harem pants and tailored uniforms. Thanks, in part to Coco Chanel and her slacks and drop waist dresses, a boyish figure became the ideal. Curves made a come back at the end of the 20's however. The hourglass was the ideal. But war changed things again. With World War II, there was less to eat due to rationing and well-fed healthy figures became the ideal, with diet supplements promising to help users gain weight becoming popular. The wasp waisted look returned in the 1950's with stars like Marilyn Monroe turning heads with her tiny waist and full bust and hips. Who hasn't wanted to look like Marilyn? Then Twiggy happened. In the 60's, the waif was the look to have. Much of the era's clothing was designed with that type in mind. Square shoulders and short hemlines. This look transitioned into length in the 70's. Think of the long leg lines in those 70's flares. Although, the ideal body was similar to that of today, big butts were not coveted and sporty muscles were where it was at. Long and lean remains the standard but the decades since the 70's have seen different body parts get the emphasis within that look. For the 80's, it was about strong legs -- Flashdance, anyone? -- while the 90's saw the return to waif with the likes of Kate Moss. The new millennium saw lean triumphantly return with a heavy emphasis on breasts. Now, in 2015, we've made a swing back to curvy with a large bottom and big breasts. Kim Kardashian being a good example (how many times do you get to say that in the course of a day?). Of course, people are posing lots of challenges to this particular ideal -- body positive movements everywhere seek to find beauty in a variety of types. I look at it this way, I may not be the ideal (although I have the busty part down) but if I wait long enough, I could be. I think the point is, trends change. All you can do is be happy with who you are. Be as fit as you can, be as healthy as you can, and love yourself completely. Who cares what body ideal fashion trends celebrate? Source: Daily Mail  

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