Do models have to be skinny or curvy to be considered beautiful in the fashion industry? That’s the question that comes into my mind when I look at models now and models in the 1950’s. In the past a models average height was 5’7 weighing about 129, now models are 5’9 and weigh approximately 114. Many models in the 1950’s had curves, but now a woman has to be very skinny to be able to work as a model. I don’t understand why certain body types for women are considered beautiful and others aren’t. Every woman is different and in every era women have to be a certain weight and height to be considered beautiful by society. In the past you had to be curvy to be beautiful, now you have to be skinny. It is so frustrating that women always have to struggle with their body image to be considered beautiful. Why can’t people just be healthy, that should be considered beautiful. There are some women who are naturally skinny, and others who are naturally curvy. If that’s their natural body type, they shouldn’t have to starve themselves to be able to work as models or they shouldn’t have to eat in excessive amounts to gain weight. Being healthy is the most important, when it comes to body image. Exercising and eating the right food will make someone feel and look great. Society and the media should stop criticizing women, instead of promoting the “right figure”, they should start promoting healthy women with various body types. This will help many women with self-esteem issues and it will make all women feel great about themselves.
Female body shape timeline
1800s:The ideal was plump, fleshy, full-figured. Corsets made waists artificially tiny while accentuating hips and buttocks and making for digestive tract problems.
1900s-1950s:Thinner became more fashionable. By the 1920s, the Victorian hourglass gave way to the flapper, who bound her breasts to achieve a washboard profile. By the 1950s, a thin woman with a large bust was considered most attractive, thanks largely to Marilyn Monroe. Women now needed to rebuild the curves they had tried to bind and restrain.
1960s: For the first time in history, a severely underweight woman became the female ideal with the arrival of model Twiggy. Weighing in at a shapeless 91 pounds on a 5-foot-6 frame, she had the look of a prepubescent boy.
1970 to today: As the average American got heavier, Playboy magazine promoted slimness through 1978. Miss America winners after 1970 weighed less than the other contestants. The 1980s beauty ideal remained slim but required a more toned and fit look. The 1990s body ideal was Pamela “Baywatch” Anderson, an almost impossible combination of anorexia with gravity-defying breasts.
Today: Thin is in, as is artificial means such as liposuction lessen hips, buttocks and fat in general. In 1975 top models and beauty queens weighed only 8 percent less than the average women. Today they weigh 23 percent less. Both eating disorders and obesity are on the rise.