What people considered to be the ideal woman has changed drastically over the years. The perfect body type was much different during the Italian renaissance than it is today. What hasn’t improved is the fact that women are always striving for the perfect body, no matter the consequence. The Perfect Body Type Throughout History. Full-figured: compared to what we think of now in regards to body image, it’s crazy to imagine that during the renaissance, women who were full-figured and overweight were considered to be the most attractive. From the 1400s to the 16th Century being thin was a symbol of being poor because you couldn’t afford to buy food. If you look at paintings from that time period you’ll see the ideal woman at that time was much different than today’s standards. Tiny Waists: on the complete opposite end of the spectrum the women of the Victorian Era were focused on having a small waist They went to extreme measures to look tiny wearing corsets that would make it difficult for them to breathe or sit down. Some women even experienced health issues and broken ribs while trying to transform themselves into the ideal woman, which meant having a 12 inch waist. The Androgynous Look: in the 1920s women did not want to show off their curves like they do today. The flapper dresses they wore during that time helped hide their shape and give their chests a flat look; something women strive to have. Some even wrapped cloth around their breasts in order to create a more androgynous appearance. This boyish expression was considered to be the ultimate body type in the 1920s. The Influence of Hollywood: in the years between the 1930s and 1950s, women wanted to look like movie Stars unlike the 1920s, they now wanted to show off their curves like Marilyn Monroe did. Because of this obsession with Hollywood, women really began to focus on their bodies and working out to improve their muscle tone, so that they could show off their long legs and fit arms. Dangerously Thin: women in the 1960s wanted to be stick thin because they wanted to look similar to the admired models at that time. This model movement inspired women to be as skinny as they could be. No longer celebrating curves that they did in the 1930s to 1950s. Skinny was now the trend. An Aerobic Body: dieting and eating disorders began in the 1960s and two decades later it was an ongoing issue. In the 1980s, aerobics became a big thing and women wore tight workout clothing that emphasized their bodies. They became obsessed with their appearances and strived for that tone look without gaining too much muscle. These small figures would squeeze into tight spandex which was very trendy in the 80s and considered to be very sexy. Skinny Is In Again: yet again, models like Kate moss were influencing women and young girls alike in the 1990s. Even men were into withered looking physiques; a look that some women accomplished through extreme drug use or by starving themselves. Whatever happened to the notion that bigger is better. At least the women of the Italian renaissance believed that being curvy was a good thing. Embracing Curves: after decades of women attempting to look thin, they finally began embracing curves again. In the past ten years, we’ve seen curvier ladies on our magazine covers and our television screens. However, body image issues are still very real and present in today’s society. This might explain the surge in popularity of plastic surgery. Thankfully, these days we have many positive body image campaigns that are helping teach young girls how to love themselves no matter what their shape. Thank you for watching this video. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.