What we believe to be the perfect woman body has changed tremendously throughout history along with the woman’s stages and her role in society. In 1720 in Western Europe, Women were supposed to have over proportionally wide hips and a large behind, which was achieved thanks to structures installed under the dresses, the other element of an aesthetically pleasing silhouette was a tiny waist The higher your social status, the thinner your waist had to be. The part of the torso below the rib cage was compressed to reach the ideal measurement of 17 inches, the waist of the queen of France, whose hairstyle was as ridiculously high as her waist was tiny. In the middle of the 19th century, A beautiful woman had fallen shoulders, her rib cage was compressed by a corset and her hips were wider than her shoulder line. This silhouette illustrates total absence of any physical activity. Towards 1890, shoulders go up, the compression of the waist is a bit lower and the hips are the wider than they were mid-century. The evolution of the ideal silhouette is in fact much more visible from the side, it’s a very large bust that the back can barely support The Spine is curved and generates tremendous back pain issues, the weight is in the bust and in the behind, which means a very unbalanced and healthy body. Around 1900 women start to loosen their corsets, which makes the body healthier in general. The start of the century also sees sports come into fashion. This corresponds to people longing for more freedom of movement, and this will remain a priority for the next hundred years. However, a large, decorated bust is still appreciated among upper class citizens 😉 In the 1920s, women reject corsets as well as the clothing rules of the previous century all together. The ideal silhouette is now long and lean, almost boyish. Women bind their breasts tight to flatten them out, and they wear boxy dresses that hide their feminine waists. Women can party, live alone, show their legs and wear outrageous makeup and shiny outfits. [TV narrator] She’s looking for a job that is, and she’s dressed for it, too. Tastefully, not expensively, the receptionist wears a smart wool dress with a zippered plunge neckline. She can see the pats pin-dot jersey, Peter pan collar and side-swept beret make her a likely candidate. [Justine] At the end of the war, women have been missing nice clothes and want to be able to look feminine again. They rush onto the new look offered by newcomer, Christian Dior. A natural fitted waist, exaggerated hips achieved by padding the clothes, and pointy breasts, up high on the torso. This is achieved by wearing a bra, the corset of the 20th century. Women are expected to care for their appearance and be exemplary housewives. In the 60s, the new Post-War generation initiates a shift towards a slightly more antregenious shillouette. Women now wear pants with a high waist and bell bottoms together, with Jersey tops and sweater that can stretch and can therefore be award fitted. The 60s silhouette is quite close to our ideal today. A sudden shift takes place in the 90s Kate moss and other new models have an extremely thin silhouette, are underweight and have virtually no curves. The ideal woman is supposed to look like those models from the grunge era. In the decade 2010 Curves are back in trend, but with a flat belly and a thigh gap. As the ideal silhouette is almost impossible to reach naturally, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and co., go back to wearing Corsets and are drawn to surgery to add volume to their breasts and their behinds. Now how do you think the ideal body will look like in ten years from now? Thumbs up if you enjoy this video, thank you. I’ll see you again on Wednesday and Sunday. Take care, bye!

72 thoughts on “The ideal woman body throughout history + dress form figures | Justine Leconte”

  1. I wish that flat, thin but slightly muscular bodies were fashionable
    that way I wouldn't have to change anything to be trendy
    not that I'll try changing anything now XD

  2. I would like to have sources on the '17 inch waist' idea, I think.

    A lot of the early 'tightlacing' caricatures seem to me to be c. 1770s (hence why they are also lampooning the high hairstyles) so I question when exactly the trend became popular enough that cartoonists got hold of it- and if they exaggerate the hairstyles that much, I'm not sure how much I should believe their take of tightlacing either.

  3. Preferisco un corpo normale, senza mode strane come le icone di bellezza di Victoria secret. Troppo magre! Con qualche kg in più. 🙋🏼‍♀️

  4. I think plastic surgery is bullshit. Hopefully one day society will get rid of their prejudices. Some people say they get it for themselves and not the others, but cm'on, would you really hate your big, bumpy nose if society didn't glorify tiny, pointy noses? No, you wouldn't. Pretty sure you wouldn't even be aware of its shape. We're so drowned on brain washing ads with super skinny, pale women with large breasts, tiny waists and big buttcheeks that we don't even notice how much this beauty ideal is forced in us, even as kids.

  5. If plus size slowly but surely being more accepted in Society, I think in the next ten years that woman if more meat on them will the ideal body; like how it was in the Renaissance. Or given recent trends, it could be your body is the ideal body, like kind of in the 80's. Or if I want to go by, say movies, Marvel or Wonder Woman for example, tall, thin and very fit. But that kind of like how it is now.

  6. I thank God that I was not born in eras that were too restrictive in terms of fashion and the silhouette required of a woman. Yes, there were still standards in my youth but being outside the standard was not a deal breaker.

  7. Great video! One thing I noticed was what you said about 18th century Europe, women did not wear corsets until the Victorian era. During the 18th century, they wore undergarments called stays, they had hardly any cinching effect to the waist and were solely created to support the bust and create the conical silhouette that was in fashion at the time. This meant that the breasts were elevated and pushed into the chest by the flat garment. There was no such desire for a 17" waist, but the fashions of the time did exaggerate the figure with the addition of a bum pad or panniers (depending on the decade), which would tie around the waist and the addition of petticoats and the final skirt would create the large hips and large bum look. Also, the new look created by Christian Dior during the year 1947, was actually not widely received and many women ridiculed it for being wasteful of fabrics due to the previous rationing of fabrics during the war. During the 1920s, women did not really wear shorter dresses, they typically wore calf-length dresses, or as long as long as ankle-length. I hope this helps.

  8. I think in 10 years it's gonna shift to prefer a "chubbier" built but still hourglass or pear shaped or just go 20's really slim boxy shape

  9. Maybe in 10 years the "popular" body will be mixed by either having to be fat (because of freedom to be yourself and the fact many struggles today and it's a growing trend), while the other one would be very strong with large breast and butt (more extreme than today)

  10. I thought the ideal figure today was as hourglass as possible while still being athletic and big glutes. The gyms are full of women trying to get huge glutes.

  11. with 80% of population overweight ot obese, im thinking that will be the next silhoutte, …but im not a fan tbh 🙄

  12. In 10 years I hope the ideal body will be everybody.

    I hope there will stop being a “ideal body”, and all types of bodies are accepted for what they are.

    And no trait – fat, skin, large chests, flat chests – gets put up on a pedestal or rejected.

    And everyone is just accepted. Celebrated. For being themselves. For loving themselves.

  13. I kinda wish that the 1920’s style could come back, because I am a girl that likes being a girl, but I want an excuse to start chest binding, because I just don’t like my boobs! Well I mainly just don’t like the attention that comes with having them.

  14. Today’s ideal body type looks weird like nobody can have curves like that and have a thigh gap YOUR THIGHS ARE SUPPOSED TO TOUCH ITS CALLED NATURAL

  15. If things keep going as they are now with some movements, the ideal body in ten years will be Tess Holiday.

  16. Hopefully the ideal body is the healthy body, weather that be on the smaller side or the bigger side, as long as the person is healthy… but who really know, that could be wishful thinking or a prediction 🤷‍♀️

  17. In 1890 it's just the padding on the back… It wasn't unhealthy for the body. You just worse a corset, but already better than they were before.

  18. I hope that for standards again it’s ok to not have a big butt and to be extremely flat, but it also is ok. Like just it doesn’t matter.

  19. Bravo! Belle video informative qui nous fait repenser a comment nous voyons nos corps et comment ils sont vu par "la mode". Merci

  20. Everyone will be hunched over like apes from staring at their cell phones all the time. It might be difficult to distinguish who’s a man who is a woman and all people might start looking alike as they currently are starting to, with all the surgeries they’re doing. It will be like reverse evolution.

  21. Hmmm, I have to separate my opinion here into two, what the fashionistas believe, and what real men on the ground like. First, the fashionistas. Here is the thing, prior to the internet when opinion was dominated by a few mainstream sources, your depiction of the "ideal woman's body" is spot on. With the advent of the internet, and more and more inclusion and tolerance in almost all parts of the world, I am not sure there is an ideal woman's body anymore. I guess if you look at the runway models and models in general, there is a trend towards thin models. But I see way more diversity than ever before even here.

    As far as what men on the ground actually like, I think this is the most democratic time in history for women and their body type. Your beauty is appreciated and celebrated by someone in this world.

    My preference (FWIW) is thin women with great legs, great ass but no "bubble" butts, just enough cleavage, discernible hips but not overly so, flat tummy, and a pretty back (that looks out of this world in a little black dress). That probably gets the category of "athletic" leaning towards classic. It is not really about a shape, like an hour-glass, or this or that. It is more of the mood she creates about herself. Her femininity. Her kindness. Her honesty. Her positive outlook. Her sharp as a tack intelligence. No preference for blonds, brunettes, or redheads. I could show you pictures of women that capture my heart and you would be like, really?

    I think if there is one thought that captures the modern man's preference is: the brain is THE sex organ. Everything else is secondary.

  22. Kinda fucked up that our bodies have trend though right? 20 years ago if you had a big ass you may as well just die and now if you have no ass youre suddenly supposed to have one. This is not healthy or normal.

  23. Not all the corsets were bad, and the vast majority of women never tightlaced. If I could afford a 1860s Victorian corset, I’d do it in a heartbeat!

    Stays (17th century) and then corsets were designed to support the bust and the back- and they did it really well. The vast majority were very comfortable to wear (especially because over time they’d mould to your body shape), and were excellent if a woman had to work all day- because her spine would be supported the entire time.

    The wasp waist was mostly an illusion created by hip/bum rolls (and then panniers and then crinolines and bustles), and also the design of the clothing itself. If you’d like to see videos that detail what wearing those things were like, I recommend Prior Attire here on YouTube.

    I’d love to have a good corset- I have a degenerative spinal condition, so a corset would be a more attractive back brace that would also support my breasts. Bernadette Banner would be good for more info on that.

    But the idea that corsets meant you couldn’t move was a lie. A complete myth. As was the fainting. And the organs moving around. You might get that with extreme tight lacing (which some women do today), but it was rare, and generally considered rather silly and vain.

    Corsets simply don’t deserve the bad rap they get. They’re better than bras and shape wear, that’s for sure!

  24. Everyone has their own unique body shape that is not going to change without drastic plastic surgery. I'm petite and curvy and exercise to keep everything firm but I'll never have stick-thin legs unless I get expensive and severe liposuction…no way! I'd rather have thicker thighs and be strong than fight nature to adhere to a stupid trend. Women need to embrace their natural beauty without trying to modify themselves to mimic the latest craze. And if your clothes don't fit your body type perfectly, a tailor can alter them!

  25. I predict the future trend will be nudity. No offense. We got nude lips nude make makeup nude colors 😑 so yeah… that or a lot of silver y2k trends

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