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

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Flappers of the Roaring 1920s

The 1920s saw a dramatic swing towards the Flapper style after the Gibson Girl era. These free-spirited women wore loose drop-waist dresses, bobbed haircuts, and cloche hats. It reflected growing female independence, like winning the right to vote.

Flappers of the Roaring 1920s

Flappers of the Roaring 1920s

Margaret Gorman

As the 1921 Miss America pageant winner, Margaret Gorman’s lean, straight figure defined ideal beauty in that period. Her almost boyish physique marked a striking shift away from the previous decade’s hourglass curves.

Margaret Gorman

Margaret Gorman


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