Saturday 25 May 2019

From Ancient Egypt to Victoria's Secret: Women's ideal body types through the ages

It's one of pop culture's most enduring images.The Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted revealingly with a gust of New York subway air in
It's one of pop culture's most enduring images.The Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted revealingly with a gust of New York subway air in "The Seven Year Itch" fetched $ 4.6 million dollars when it was sold at auction.
Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch
Marilyn Monroe poses on Amagansett Beach , Long Island in 1957 while on holiday with husband Arthur Miller for one of her most iconic editorials shot by Sam Shaw.
Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima walk the runway at the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court
Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio in their Fantasy Bras
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

From Botticelli to Baywatch babes, female beauty standards are changing every year.

And the folks over at Buzzfeed have created their own video with models portraying each 'type' of beautiful from the relevant eras.

In ancient Egypt, it was all about the extreme smokey eye and long hair, while Greeks went androgynous.

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As time went on, Renaissance Europe featured full hips, bust and lips and Victorian England imposed tiny waists via corsets and long hair.

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Post-Suffragette America saw the introduction of the flapper girl, when styles focused on boyish figures before Marilyn Monroe changed all that in the '50s. Curves were back in a big way.

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Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch

It wasn't to last though as 'strong was the new skinny' back in the '80s thanks to Jane Fonda's workout videos and Kate Moss' heroin chic took over the runway in the 1990s.

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Kate Moss in one of her earliest campaigns for Calvin Klein.

These days, it's more about the Victoria' Secret Angels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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