Fashion has a lot to do with what the perfect body shape is. From each decade to the next, not only did clothing change dramatically, but also the body shapes to accommodate the fashion. But, the most shocking thing was that people decided whether it was OK or not for women to have curves.
It’s now 2017, and we need to really think about how we portray the perfect body shape. We push diets and pills and view celebrities as being “perfect”. Women and young girls compare themselves to these images and don’t love themselves for the unique individuals they really are.
Let’s step into the time machine and see what got us to this point.
100 Years of Fashion
In the 1910s, it was all about the Gibson Girl, named after illustrations from Charles Dana Gibson. Models were buxom and some of the famous models of the day were Camille Gifford and Evelyn Nesbit.
The 1920s brought about the Flapper Girl, who was svelte and wore short dresses to show off her legs. Stars of the black and white silent screen, like Alice Joyce, were the epitome of this look.
The 1930s was all about the Sex Siren. Jean Harlow, the Blonde Bombshell, was a famous actress of the time and set fashion standards. The styles of the day was curvy bodies and finger waved short and bobbed hairdos.
The 1940s brought Screen Queen of feminine looking women who cheered on war veterans. They were feisty, independent, and Katherine Hepburn was the essence of the women of this period.
In the 1950s, The Curves came back. Weight gain pills hit the shelves. Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were the sex symbols of the day.
The 1960s were personified by Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, who were very slim and wore short skirts.
The 1970s brought back the All-American, healthy look—long and lean was in and Charlie’s Angels stars like Farrah Fawcett had wide shoulders and thin hips.
In the 1980, the supermodel of tall, athletic, and legs for days look was “in”. Elle McPherson and Linda Evangelista were at the top of their game and ruled the school for the next decade.
The 1990s were reminiscent of the 60s with the waif model type. The grunge look and being slim and androgynous was what women on the catwalks and in the streets aspired to. The term “heroin chic” was coined and Kate Moss was the icon of this time period.
The 2000s were about being toned. Having abs and a spray tan was the look. Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were the hotties of this decade.
From 2010 to the present, it’s been all about the booty thanks to Kim Kardashian and Nicky Minaj. Curvy frames are coveted and making yourself a household name or celebrity is what it’s all about.
What time period does your body and/or style fit into? The most important thing is to be you and comfortable in your own skin, no matter what your size and/or body type. Confidence is sexy—that’s what counts. Look at Madonna who has changed through the decades and always remained sexy.
See the past hundred years in photos by viewing Bored Panda’s article on the perfect body broken down into decades over the past 100 years: http://www.boredpanda.com/shape-perfect-body-changed-100-years/.