Renaissance Woman: Having some meat on your bones was a sign of wealth and beauty.
Lucienne D'Armoy: A famous European beauty in the late 1800's. Notice the well placed flowers.
Lillian Russell: One of the most famous actresses of the late 19th century - early 20th century. Known for her beauty and style as much as her acting and singing.
Here are some of Charles Gibson's creations going for a swim. Gibson girls were all the rage in the early 1900's. These girls put Lillian Russell out of business.
Camille Clifford: A stage actress who was considered the closest living version of the Gibson girl. She is modeling a style called the wasp waist which is a silhouette created by a corset and girdle, producing the much sought after 18 inch waist. This style was also famous for it's ability to cause deformed ribs, weakened abdominal muscles, deformed and dislocated organs, and respiratory aliments, not to mention ruined reproductive organs that resulted in miscarriages and maternal deaths. Good thing we don't have to wear corsets anymore. Now we just have to somehow achieve an 18 inch waist without them.
Theda Bara: First "vamp" of the silver screen during the early 1900's. Isn't she scandalise?
A typical flapper of the 1920's.
Clara Bow: A famous actress of the silver screen in the 1920's. Getting thinner.
Mae West : Screen star and sex symbol of the 1930's. So curvaceous!
And then came Marilyn Monroe.....need I say more?
Sophia Loren: The Italian Siren.
Twiggy: Famous model of the 70's who is very appropriately named. Next to this girl, every one's fat!
Now for our contemporaries........
Jennifer Aniston: Title character of Chapter 3
Nicole Kidman: Chanel No. 5 model
Kate Bosworth: New face for Calvin Klein
Kiera Knightly: One of our highest paid actresses and always being accused of being anorexic.
Jennifer, Nicole, Kate and Kiera. These are the women who's photos are in all the magazines as the standard of ultimate beauty today. No wonder everybody hates their bodies. Almost no one can look like these women.
The Dove girls: Part of a much needed campaign to show what real women look like. Love these girls!