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The Transformation of the ‘Perfect’ Female Body in the Last Century

Over the last two centuries, the public notion of “the perfect female body” has altered a great deal. Some of the differences between the ideal woman of various eras are astounding when put side by side. It is a pretty good illustration of the views that the average person in the population had at the time. For most people, what defines beauty was a matter of whether or not women should have curves on their bodies.

There have been many diets, medications, and celebrity role models have come and gone throughout the years. However, young women and girls today are still subjected to social pressure that pushes them to constantly compare themselves to others. They were never taught the importance of accepting one’s physical appearance and one’s own unique body. At the very least, we have come a long way from the days when people tried to lose weight by eating Wonder Bread and smoking cigarettes.

Join us for a trip down memory lane to see just how much the female body has been put through over the years!

More info: (h/t: Vintage EverydayDM)


Gibson Girl

#2 Camille Clifford

Camille Clifford


The flapper girl

#4 Alice Joyce

Alice Joyce


The sex siren

#6 Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow


The screen queen



The curves

#10 Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor


The petite

#12 Twiggy



The 70's pin up

#14 Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett


The supermodel

#16 Elle MacPherson

Elle MacPherson


The waif

#18 Kate Moss

Kate Moss


Visible abs and spray tans ruled the naughties

#20 Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera


The bootylicious
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