It’s common knowledge that the pin-thin models gracing runways and magazine covers today are unique to this period in time as representations of ideal beauty.
One glance at Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and even Cindy Crawford, who was a size 6 at the peak of her modeling career, and you know that once upon a time, women didn’t need to exist on a diet of air and pipe dreams in order to be considered sexy.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, women were considered attractive if they had meat on their bones. It meant they could bear children and came from a background of means. Organ-oppressing, waist-pinching corsets aided in offsetting thicker body parts. And showing a little leg was the equivalent of come-hither, bedroom eyes.
Take a glance at what it took in the 1890s to put on a sexy display, and consider whether any of these ladies would make it as mainstream models or dancers in the present day, 120+ years later:
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