100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

April 19, 2017
Editor: Amanda Wu

U.S. entertainment website Boredpanda.com recently published a series of photos to present the changing fashion for what was thought to be the "perfect" women's body type over the past century.

"In some cases, the contrasts between decades are shocking, and speak volumes to public attitudes at the time – which, basically, depended on whether or not people thought it was okay for women to have curves," states the website.

Let's take a look at how the "perfect" female body has changed in the public eye.

 

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1910s: The buxom Gibson girl [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1920s: The flapper girl with svelte legs [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1930s: The sex siren with curves [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1940s: The screen queen who looks to cheer returning heroes from the war [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1950s: Curves with a plump figure [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1960s: Petite with a mini skirt and a slimmer figure [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1970s: The pin-up girl with wider shoulders and thinner hips [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1980s: The tall athletic supermodel [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

1990s: The waif with a thin, androgynous look [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

2000s: The tone with visible abs and spray tan [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

100 Yrs of Changing Women's 'Ideal' Body Types

2010s: The bootylicious with curvy frames [cankaoxiaoxi.com]

 

Meanwhile, Boredpanda's writer points out: "We are still going wrong in 2017 by encouraging women and girls to constantly compare themselves to others, rather than loving themselves in their own right."

This statement has struck a chord among netizens. User Amanda Panda commented: "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."

"Agreed, I never really found people's looks/bodies attractive. I mostly find their personality attractive," replied another netizen, Too Lazy To Care.

In addition, netizen Jeff Tan said, "It would be interesting if someone made a post about the 'perfect' male body through the decades." 

"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," responded netizen Aunt Messy. 

(Source: cankaoxiaoxi.com and boredpanda.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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