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What a ‘Perfect’ Woman’s Body Was Supposed to Look Like Over the Past 100 Years

‘Beauty’ as defined by the media over the past 10 decades. by Adam Albright-Hanna

January 27, 2015
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While it’s no secret that the media often portrays “beautiful” women in a certain ideal fashion, what’s less obvious is the changing “popular” standards of what that actually looks like.

The website Greatist recently did a rundown of these portrayals over the past 100 years, broken down by decade. The result is a fascinating look at how quickly definitions of beauty can change, often in direct response to the “beauty” that came before.

Preview image from “Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History.”

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What a ‘Perfect’ Woman’s Body Was Supposed to Look Like Over the Past 100 Years ‘Beauty’ as defined by the media over the past 10 decades.