The concept of the ideal woman continues to change year after year, and some of the physical attributes we embrace today are totally different from those of previous generations. To prove it, we’re taking a look at how the female body has continued to perfect itself over the last 100 years. From the shapely curves of the Gibson girl, to the jaw-dropping outline of Marilyn Monroe’s sculpted physique, to Kim Kardashian’s much-enhanced juicy booty; it’s safe to say that we’re finally getting somewhere where anything goes, as long as you love your body and yourself!
1. THE 1910S GIBSON GIRL STYLE
The Gibson girl look was the “it girl of the 1910s. So a voluptuous bust and a pair of wide hips were perfectly acceptable so long as women looked tall and slender. But women had to use some uncomfortable corsets to squeeze their waist and torso to look perfect.
2. THE 1920S FLAPPER STYLE
Being short was in, especially among Hollywood types. The cleavage from the Gibson era was gone and society now embraced the flat chested look achieved through tight bras. Certain ads would also encourage women to eat less sweets and smoke more to maintain an ideal weight.
3. THE 1930S SOFT SIREN ERA
When the Samba and the Rumba became popular, so did hip action, which meant women had to focus on their waists. Unfortunately, as curves made a comeback, the “Bread Diet” wound up burying it as it became the popular weight loss method of the 30s.
4. THE 1940S STAR SPANGLED GIRL
Having a classic silhouette was the rage in the 40s, so women’s fashion focused on making the shoulders look broader and enhancing their bustlines with bullet bras. After all, during WWII, women had to embody a more aggressive, commanding posture in order to survive in the workforce while their men went off to war.
5. THE 1950S HOURGLASS LOOK
In the 50s, gaining weight was cool. So hips and booty padding were used to give women rounder figures. Even Marilyn Monroe embraced this look. But of course, Barbie dolls and Playboy magazines were also encouraging women to sport big breasts and tiny waists too.
6. THE 1960S TWIG LOOK
Being thin and androgynous like top model Twiggy, who weighed 91 pounds was trendy. So in the 60s, women bought prescribed amphetamines to lose weight, especially since the girdle became outdated. This forced women to work harder to achieve a slimmer look.
7. THE 1970S DISCO DIVA
In the 70s, girls felt more pressure to maintain a flat stomach and slim hips because of the popularity of the all-too revealing polyester and spandex fashion of the era. Since women wanted to look great while dancing in party discos, some of them wound up with eating disorders to look good.
8. THE 1980S SUPERMODEL
As a huge jogging craze took the world by storm, tall women, with slender legs and sports bra became widely popular. In fact, all women wanted to do was embrace this fitness era, so they could look more like Claudia Schiffer and Jane Fonda.
9. THE 1990S SPANX TREND
The super fit femme fatale of the 80s got sidelined with the introduction of the modern day corset we now know of as spanx. But while some women strived to achieve a slim framed, androgynous look, others wanted to be big breasted like Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson.
10. THE 2000S BUFF BEAUTY BABE
At the turn of the century, tanning became a thing, as did washboard abs. But instead of exercising, women resorted to plastic surgery to achieve the perfect lie. Of course, after 2010, celebs like Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, Niki Minaj and many others have inspired women to enjoy their bodacious curves, which has been totally empowering. Nowadays, any body type is the ideal body type, despite the online trolling most women experience online. Curvy has been redefined, and there’s room for all types of bodies. Curvy, rail-thin, naturally thin, plus sized, and even plastic-surgery-enhanced physiques; it’s all beautiful, girl! The world is finally opening up to diversity, and we certainly won’t shy off raising our virtual glasses in celebration! Keep on slaying!