The 'perfect body' throughout history

Beauty standards for women have changed dramatically over time, with body ideals ranging from Renaissance voluptuousness to 90's waif-like supermodel.

In Ancient Egyptian times (1292-1069 B.C), the ideal bodytype was a slender figure with narrow shoulders, a high waistline and a symmetrical face. In Ancient Greece however (500-300 B.C), women were preferred to be plump and full-bodied. During the Han Dynasty (206 B.C-220 A.D), the perfect body was one with a tiny waist and even tinier feet, pale skin and large eyes.

For an Italian Renaissance woman (1400-1700), an ample bosom, rounded stomach and full hips was considered the most beautiful, whereas in Victorian Britain (1837-1901), feminine beauty was personified with a curvaceous figure with a cinched waist enhanced by corsetry.

Moving into the 20th century, an ideal body in the roaring 20's was a boyish shape with a flat chest and dropped waist. During the Golden age of Hollywood (1930-1950), the big stars had curcy, hourglass figures with large breasts and a slim waist.

In the 60s we were back to an adolescent, androgynous body with long, thin legs, and in the 80s we wanted to be tall, toned and tanned with an athletic physique. For the 90s, a waif-like, 'heroin-chic' figure was popularised by the era of the supermodel, and finally, a Kardashian-inspired shape with toned muscles, slim waists and big bums reigns supreme in the 21st century.

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based blogger, and an activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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