Tuesday, August 3, 2010

You're Beautiful.

As women living in this day and age we face a bombardment of societal standards for beauty. But what is really beautiful?

"Standards of beauty are always evolving, based on what a culture considers valuable. Historical paintings show a wide range of different standards for beauty. However, humans who are relatively young, with smooth skin, well-proportioned bodies, and regular features, have traditionally been considered to be the most beautiful throughout history."
These changes take place just in the 1900's only in America for white women.

Early 1900′s: The thin rectangle
The average woman is 5′ 2″ tall and weighs 129 pounds.
The brassiere is patented in 1913.

In the 1920s women bind their breasts to gain more boyish figure.
“Flappers” show skin and women become more self-conscious.
Shaven armpits become popular.
Comfort and freedom are priorities; bobbed hairstyle popular.

Mid 1900s: The hourglass
Marilyn Monroe embodies the ideal figure.
Pin-up girls make large breasts popular.
Large hips come back in style with the baby boom of the 1950s.
First official weight-loss drug approved by FDA in 1959.
The ideal thins out again in the 1970s, repeating trend of the 1920s.

1980s: Muscular and toned
Excercise tapes become the new trend.
Muscular woman is prominent but boyish figure is popular and voluptuous curves gain popularity.

If beauty is always changing, why do we try so hard to be "beautiful" here and now, in alignment with modern standards? Be your own kind of beautiful.

P.S. I don't know about you but I think the Marilyn Monroe look is the prettiest!

1 comment:

EmanoVa said...

I like Marlyn Monro Pic Too ! she is the only one that actually looks normal to me ! and i guess any one ! With Normal i mean .. Natural!!. The natural God Made beauty that you dont have to work Hard to show it because its already there !

I love Your Blog ^_^
Keep up the good work !;)