These Photos Show How the ‘Ideal’ Body Type Has Changed Over Centuries

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There’s a lot of factors in both culture and society that influence what we find attractive, so let’s go back over 100 years to see how we got to where we are today. I think you’ll see that things have a way of coming back around, even over just 100 years.

The cinched outfits actually led to deformed ribs, difficulty breathing, and crooked backs. So if you think you’re doing a lot now to look your best…just be glad it’s not harming you.

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The hourglass figure was still there, but the look was a little more casual and the corsets got a little looser.

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This was a rebellion against the prim and proper looks before, so girls took to baggy dresses and boyish haircuts, advertising a little more fun than before.

Life magazine described the ideal body as “The perfect 1938 figure must have curves but it differs from the perfect figure of past decades in relationship of curves to straight lines … Now, though, the ideal figure must have a round, high bosom, a slim but not wasp-like waist, and gently rounded hips,”

She embodied the “bombshell” aesthetic. A bigger, curvier look that was very feminine. Also, she is the first iconic blonde that’s kept the image in fashion magazines for decades afterwards.

Can we go back to that era?

Farrah Fawcett embodied this look, and many took after her.

Thin became skinny which became dangerously skinny.

After her death, the disease was taken far more seriously.


Kate Moss became the poster girl for this movement, but it quickly became a sensation, albeit a shortlived one.

What will the future bring? Any guesses?