An awesome new video is tracking the evolution of the feminine beauty ideal down the millennia, from the time of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt all the way to the present day’s “post-modern beauty” of Kim Kardashian.
The authors have chosen, as their starting point, the period between 1,292 – 1,069 BC. In that era, we learn, female beauty was defined by a slender body shape, narrow shoulders, high waist and a symmetrical face.
In contrast, a plumper body was preferred in ancient Greece, we learn, and a fuller shape still was the beauty ideal of the Renaissance. The full-figured type is still in vogue in Victorian England, the authors inform us.
The twentieth century sees the feminine beauty ideal swing between the “flat-chested boyish figure” of the Roaring Twenties, through the curvy shapes of the Golden Age of Hollywood, to the slim physique of the Swinging Sixties and the flat-stomach, large-breasts-and-butt “post-modern beauty” of today.
And here is Greatist‘s take on the shifting ideal of the “perfect” female body type over the past century:
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