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Beauty Standards: See How Body Types Change Through History

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Beauty Standards: Ancient Egypt

In this era, the ideal woman is described as:

  • Slender
  • Narrow Shoulders
  • High Waist
  • Symmetrical Face

In Ancient Egypt, women were encouraged in their independence and beauty. Ancient Egyptian society promoted an environment wher...

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During this time period, the ideal woman was:

  • Plump
  • Full-bodied
  • Light Skin

Ancient Greece worshiped the male form, going so far as to proclaim that women’s bodies were ‘disfigured’ versions of men’s. In this time period, men fa...

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In this time period, the ideal woman had:

  • Slim Waist
  • Pale Skin
  • Large Eyes
  • Small Feet

Small feet is one aspect of Chinese beauty that has continued for hundreds of years. During the Han Dynasty, Chinese culture favored slim wom...

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Beauty Standards: Italian Renaissance

In this era, the ideal woman is described as having:

  • Ample Bosom
  • Rounded Stomach
  • Full Hips
  • Fair Skin

During the Italian Renaissance, it was the wife’s duty to reflect her husband’s status, both in behavior and outward appearance. A ful...

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This time period featured beautiful women as:

  • Desirably Plump
  • Full-figured
  • Cinched-waist

This is the era of the corset. In this time period, women cinched their waists with tight-fitting undergarments to give the perception of the desi...

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Beauty Standards: Roaring Twenties

In this time period, the ideal woman had:

  • Flat Chest
  • Downplayed Waist
  • Short Bob Hairstyle
  • Boyish Figure

Beauty in the 1920s featured an androgynous look for women. They wore bras that flattened their chest and wore clothing th...

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In this era, the ideal woman is described as having:

  • Curves
  • Hourglass Figure
  • Large Breasts
  • Slim Waist

The hourglass figure is back. The classic example of this ideal woman’s body is Marilyn Monroe, the Golden Girl of Hollywood...

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This time period adored this female look:

  • Willowy
  • Thin
  • Long, slim Legs
  • Adolescent Physique

Peace, love, and thin seemed to be the motto of ideal beauty for women in the 1960s. “Swinging London,” a term used to describe the flo...

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The Supermodel Era (c. 1980s)

This era celebrated this body type:

  • Athletic
  • Svelte, but Curvy
  • Tall
  • Toned Arms

This time period brought about an exercise-crazed phenomenon. Workout videos were all the rage, encouraging women to be thin, but also fit. This er...

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The ideal body type of this time period featured:

  • Waifish
  • Extremely Thin
  • Translucent Skin
  • Androgynous

The celebrated body of this time period was a woman who looked thin, frail and neglected. Model Kate Moss was the heroine of...

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Our current beauty standards for women include:

  • Flat Stomach
  • ‘Healthy’ Skinny
  • Large Breasts + Butt
  • Thigh Gap

Kim Kardashian is the poster woman of ideal beauty standards for the modern woman. Women are expected to be skinny, but not to...

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