Many things have changed throughout the history: politics, borders, languages, and even what people find beautiful or sexy.
Many factors in the society and culture influence what we find attractive, so let’s see what people looked for 100 years ago.
You may be surprised that things have their own way of coming back around, even if it took them 100 years.
Waists were REALLY small in the Victorian Era in the 1800s. Women were not showing a lot of skin, but the hourglass shape was IN.
Then, in the early 1900s, the Gibson Girl was the picture of beauty.
The hourglass figure was still present, but the corsets loosened up a bit.
Then, in the 1920s, some skin started to show with the increased popularity of the Flapper girl look.
Cleavage was still hidden during this time, but arms and shoulders were there, and the short hair had it’s up.
Then, in the 1930s, Hollywood got big, and something more glamorous was IN.
The ideal body in this time was described as:
“The perfect 1938 figure must have curves but it differs from the perfect figure of past decades in relationship of curves to straight lines … Now, though, the ideal figure must have a round, high bosom, a slim but not wasp-like waist, and gently rounded hips.”
Ethnic women were also icons of beauty for the first time. For example, this is Dolores del Rio, a Hollywood star.
Then Marylin came along.
She had the “bombshell” aesthetic: curvier look that was very feminine.
The 1960s saw the return of the tomboy looks of the 1920s. It was accompanied by a big, bold makeup that made a statement during the turbulent times.
Then in the 1970s, tan and long, feathered hair was THE look.
Women were more liberated during these times, but they were also falling prey to the aesthetic stereotypes.
Singer Karen Carpenter died in 1983 from anorexia, which opened the eyes of many to the problems at hand.
Athletic was IN later in the ’80s. Florence Griffith Joyner became a s*x symbol after the 1984 Olympics.
Jane Fonda’s clothes that matched the body type as leg warmers and slinky sweatshirts became high fashion.
The “heroin chic” came in the early 1990s.
During the 2000s, the ideal body type was turned into something only a few people could ever actually attain by Photoshop.
And then the 2010s. Butts are big – literally and figuratively. It’s a response to the unattainable body types earlier, and maybe the day will come that all of these ‘looks’ will be IN at some point.