February 07, 2012

Body types over the past century


I read the Nigel Barker's Book "Beauty Equation" and in one of his articles who wrote about women's body image. I found  it so interesting that I would like to share with you, how the image of the womens body has changed in the past century.

Early 1900s
The Gibson girl  was curavceous, with a small waist and large breasts, a cartoon look that real women achieved by wearing painful corset.

Loise Brook's showgirl look had little to do with fitness and more to do with style and personality.

High glamour was more important than bodytype - think Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Women didn't work out , they  lounged on settees and drank martinis.

The pinup girl tended to be leggy and full-figured a la Betty Grable and Lana Turner. Men in the war trenches dreamed of real girls with real bodies that they could grab ahold of on a cold, lonely night.

Marylin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Sophia Loren set the ideal look. Exaggerated feminity, impossible bit curves. People wanted goddesses, not women.

In an about-face in fashion trends. Twiggy's androgynous boy/girl stick figure took over as the standard, and suddenly beauty was truly in the eye of the beholder.

From Farrah to Fonda, women were fit but sexy, and girly and political. Black, Asian,exotic: Suddenly, it was anything goes. Women had come a long way and were ready to control their own image.

Healthy, exotic, worked-out Amazonian girls-next-door ruled the runway. From Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell, it was survival of the fittest.

Another 360- degree turn. Bored of the gym and ready to party again, heroin-chic beauties stormed the scene and waifish natural glamour was embodied in the image of Kate Moss. Suddenly every designer wanted that look.

Now and future
Trends change constantly.... what was hip today, can be so yesterday tomorrow.
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I hope for the future, that the girls will look healthier again ala the models from the 80s.  I am just not to fond of the boyish look, and be honest  girls, we all know that  men are not fantasising about boys with boobs! Just pick up any lads magazine... and you will know for sure!

What look do you like and who do you want to see more of?

xxx Marina


  1. This is an absolutely amazing post! I love looking at how trends and fashion has changed over the decades but the 50's have to be the best of times for me, Marilyn monroe was probably one of the most beautiful women in the world! (in my opinion of course)

    great job!



  2. wow! interesting post..loved it thoroughly :)

  3. Wow!! Great post!!! Your blog is great!! Following!

  4. Anonymous13:58

    Very nice post !!!!!! Love it !!!!

  5. Great post!

    I'm following you back :)

  6. I hope the same!!
    Greetings from Spain, I'm your new follower!

  7. This is a great article! I also agree that women should go back to how they viewed their bodies in the 80s. I am now follwoing you back!

    That’s So Fletch

    xo, Jay

  8. Such a great post!

  9. Thank you for your visit and have a nice day! :)
    Thank you for your comment and for being my new follower! I'm flattered :)
    Followed you, you are very dear;) :);)

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  10. I actually love 40´s view of beauty! These days models are so skinny and not really pretty. Following you!!


  11. I just love Marilyn Monroe, such a beauty with an enviable figure! x

  12. Love twiggys Look :)

    xoxo Daisy

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  13. Thanks so much for following my blog!!
    I'm following you back now your blog is great - I'm going to be hunting down those Catrice cream shadows!

    Great post, btw, I think half way between Cindy and Marilyn would be just about perfect :)

  14. Anonymous00:01

    Thanks for the sweet comment you left me on my blog!!! I hate skinny models!!! I'm a short, curvy girl and I just can't relate lol. I like the 50s gals :)

    Mabel Time

  15. Hi,Marina!
    Gorgeous pictures and such an amazing post! It's true how perception changed about the feminine body over the decades and I'm glad we're going back to "natural looks"! Thanks for your sweet comment and joining my blog!Following you back!

    DC2NYConfessions Blog

  16. Love this post! I personally like the way the VS models look and I'm not just saying it because I work for VS lol. I just feel as though the VS models promote healthy fit/toned looking bodies, and I hope to see women in the future with healthier wieghts that they can be proud of, and less obesity cuz every woman should feel beautiful in her skin :)

  17. Wow I love this post! I think the trend right now is a curvaceous body like Kim Kardashian! I hope people do get healthier future wise but sad to say all the music I hear on the radio right now are all about partying, getting drunk, this & that! =.="

  18. Simply loved reading this post. Right now the body type is just too thin. Hate seeing so many young girls in their quest to look waiflike just wasting themselves away.

  19. Very interesting post! :)
    I follow you now

    greetings from Barcelona!
    Happiness Everywhere♥

  20. Thanks to follow me! I like your blog and this post is very original! I'll follow you! Kisses! Luladelia

  21. Great post! Hubby said amen to your last comment. :) -Rhoda

  22. I agree but I think the main thing is to just stick to your natural body shape.. some people are really skinny naturally, or really chubby naturally and they should b happy with that x


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