All of us perceive beauty differently – what may seem attractive to us might be completely misunderstood by our friends. Yet some trends come above others and even get called ‘beauty standards’. On many occasions people end up chasing the latest fads only to see them change to something new in a few years – and the cycle continues.
Fitness blogger Cassey Ho noticed this phenomenon is especially apparent in the fashion industry where the ‘ideal’ women’s body shape changes every few years. While skinny might have been ‘in’ last year, next year it may be replaced by curves. To draw more attention to this problem, she photoshopped her body to show how the ‘ideal’ body changed throughout the years.
Check out the ‘perfect’ bodies throughout history in the gallery below!
Cassey Ho, a fitness blogger and trainer, decided to show how beauty standards have changed throughout the years
“If I had the “perfect” body throughout history, this is what I’d look like:”
“Mid 2010s-2018 – Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%.”
“Mid 90s-2000s – Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest.”
“Early 90s – THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”.”
“1950s – The hourglass shape is in. Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade.”
“1920s – Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses.”
“1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance – Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin”
“Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion? “Boobs are out! Butts are in!” Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes.”
“Stop throwing your body out like it’s fast fashion. Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body.”