How Has the Ideal Female Body Type Changed During the Last Century?

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Fashion allows for personal expression, so people feel passionately about clothing styles. However, the ideal female body type also goes in and out of fashion. In the last 100 years, some body shapes were seen as attractive during one era but faded in popularity over time. The changes are often subtle, but there have also been striking shifts between decades.

Society’s beauty standards typically dictate the most desirable body type. That’s how certain celebrities became famous back in their day for embodying those ideals. But does society still have the same influence in the modern world? Let’s explore how feminine silhouettes and looks have morphed through the years.

The Gibson Girl of the 1910s

In the early 1900s, companies relied on illustrations rather than costly photographs to advertise in magazines. Charles Dana Gibson was a leading illustrator then, often portraying women in tight corsets and long dresses.

The Gibson Girl of the 1910s

The Gibson Girl of the 1910s

Camille Clifford

As an iconic actress and model, Camille Clifford epitomized the Gibson Girl image with her famed 18-inch cinched waist. Women at the time aimed to copy her look by wearing constricting corsets under their billowing gowns.

Camille Clifford

Camille Clifford

 

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