You Won’t Believe How The Ideal Body Shape Has Changed Throughout The Years!

Strong, curvy bodies might be hot now but that certainly wasn't always the case...

Female Body Ideals

In many ways, the ideal body shape is more unattainable than ever. Arguably, it’s no longer about simply having the long, lean frame of a supermodel. Theses days you’re expected to have Kardashian-style curves and a Nicki Minaj butt to go with it.

So if you’ve ever looked in the mirror and criticised the thickness of your thighs or the the flatness of your stomach, it might be comforting to know that it wasn’t always this way and that every shape and size of body has been considered the epitome of beauty at one point or another throughout history.

As these images from Greatist show, we’ve gone from the rounded bodies of the 1910s, to the Twiggy-Inspired skinny frames of the 1960s and finally to the big-booty look that’s popular today.

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The thing to remember? Beauty standards are constantly evolving and being redefined, and what is considered ‘hot’ now might not be in a few years or even months. The key is to accept the body you have, whether it meets the current ideal aesthetic or is a little way off.

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