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Women'sIdealBodyTypesThroughoutHistory

Women's Ideal Body Types Throughout History

There has been many forms of women’s ideal body in the last 3,000 years. Fashion trends change regularly and so does the idea of the way woman’s body is supposed to be like. Here are a couple of times in history and the ideal body types from those periods.

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Ancient Greece (c. 500 - 300 B.C.)

People in ancient Greece were pretty male-centric, meaning that they were more focused on ideal male physique rather than female. This also means that they saw an ideal woman’s body to look like man’s as much as possible. Nudity was a common thing in ancient Greece, but women’s sculptures were usually covered. The sculpture of Aphrodite of Cnidus pretty much shows how an ideal woman’s body looked like in ancient Greece.

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Italian Renaissance (c. 1400 - 1700)

The society in Italian Renaissance was extremely catholic and patriarchal. The role of women was to embody virtue as much as possible. They were often separated from men, both at home and when in public. The way a woman looks like was supposed to reflect her husband’s social status. This means that women with rounded body and large breasts were considered were considered the most beautiful. Another ideas of beauty were pale

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Victorian England (c. 1837 - 1901)

Domesticity and motherhood were much more valued in Victorian Era of England than before. Women’s physical appearance was supposed to embody their motherly position in the society. Women wore corsets in order to create an hourglass figure. Corsets have significantly restrained women’s ability to do any physical labor and this is something that separated them from men even more. Besides corsets, long hair was another sign of femininity that was of great importance in this era.

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Roaring Twenties (c. 1920s)

1920s were the most important period for women in history. Women in United States were finally given the right to vote which means their role in the society has significantly increased. This period is also associated with flapper culture which pretty much dictated the physical appearance of women. Curveless, boyish bodies were considered ideal. Women also wore bras that flattened their breasts. Besides this, women tried to downplay their wastes and cut their hairs short.

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Supermodel Era (c. 1980s)

This was the period where women wanted to be fit as much as possible. Supermodels with bodies like Cindy Crawford’s were considered the most beautiful. This means that tall, slim and fit women were the most popular during this era. 1980s are also associated with the rise of anorexia which is heavily linked with the way women strived to look. Experts also think that the cases of anorexia become so high because of the sudden emphasis on exercise.

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Postmodern Beauty (c. 2000s - Today)

When it comes to attractiveness, women of 2000s are bombarded with many different requirements. The ideal women’s body is today considered to be skinny but healthy, with large breasts and flat stomach. Still, maintaining such a body may not always be easy. Opting for tumescent liposculpture might help you retain a flat stomach. Combining this with regular exercise is the best way to keep your body close to the ideal body type of 2000s.

The opinions on ideal women’s body have certainly changed throughout the history and were heavily linked with the role women played in the society. Trend constantly change and it is important to stay on top of them if you want to have an ideal body.

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1 comment

  • Ryan Nicole
    1y ago

    It is very interesting to see throughout time how women's bodies have changed. I think that yes it is important to stay on top of trend, but not every women has to look the same. Women should feel comfortable in their bodies. Opinions will form but what society says is true will not always be true to an individual.

    It is very interesting to see throughout time how women's bodies have changed. I think that yes it is important to stay on top of trend, but not every women has to look the same. Women should feel comfortable in their bodies. Opinions will form but what society says is true will not always be true to an individual.


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