From curves to waifs: 100 years of the 'perfect' body

The “perfect” body: 100 years of our changing shape

A Gibson Girl

How the ideal male and female body type evolved over the last century.

The pressure to be thin seems to come from everywhere: fashion runways, magazines, even from within. But we’ve not always celebrated the exceptionally thin frame on women or ripped and bulky muscles on men. There was a time when a few extra pounds in all the right places was considered the ideal body type for women and a lean or lanky frame was the height of male attractiveness. 

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