The Ideals Of Female Beauty Through History
The ideal of female beauty has changed drastically throughout history. Today’s beauties would, for example, go completely unnoticed during the Renaissance. Today, we can reconstruct the criteria and measures of the beauty of a space and time by observing the works of art of artists of that epoch.
In ancient Greece, beauty associate with measure and harmony. More attention was paid to male beauty, which for them was inextricably linked with goodness. Considering the female statues from that time, the idea of female beauty meant a fuller figure, broader shoulders, long wavy hair, and lighter skin.
Egyptian beauties were women with narrow shoulders, dark hair, symmetrical face, and slender physique.
RENAISSANCE (FROM THE 1400S TO THE 16TH CENTURY)
The ideal Renaissance of women was more voluminous than in any other historical period. Their gorgeous figure and rounded belly point to fertility. The portraits of the muses of Renaissance painters exude purity, calmness, gentleness, and eroticism. The remarkably light complexion and hair were attractive, and the make-up meant red pigment applied on the mouth.
VICTORIAN BEAUTY (1837-1901)
Victorian women were quite aware of their bodies. It was mandatory to have a remarkably narrow waist, which was achieved with corsets. Hoops and petticoats that visually enlarged the buttocks were popular. Moderation was desirable in make-up.
THE TWENTIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY
The twenties were the years when women hid their curves. Some wrapped their breasts with elastic bandages to achieve a boyish look. The short, relaxed silhouettes of the dresses were the opposite of the Victorian era.
Long, lush hair has been replaced by a short bob hairstyle, discreet make-up – by striking colors. Women moved freely, drink, and the cigarette became a symbol of their strength and social equality.
THE THIRTIES, FORTIES, AND FIFTIES
The hourglass-shaped female figure is back in fashion. Wide hips, narrow waist, and large breasts are becoming desirable again. To achieve this ideal of beauty, women underwent diets.
THE SIXTIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY
As two opposites of the sixties, we have hippies who emphasized nonchalance, bell-bottom pants, tunics, and platforms, while on the other side of the trend stood girls like Twiggy – neat, in mini dresses and skirts, always thoughtful style. Followers of the hippie style forcing a natural look, while modern ladies of the sixties wore short hairstyles and inevitably artificial eyelashes.
THE SEVENTIES, EIGHTIES, AND NINETIES
The imperative of this period is a slim but healthy, muscular, and taut body. Women started playing sports en masse, exercising, and going to gyms.
Nowadays, it continues with the trends that began in the 1990s. The most popular is a healthy diet, insisting on regular exercise and a muscular body, big breasts and buttocks, full lips, thin thighs, and a flat stomach.
Although we live in an age where women have more choices and opportunities than ever before, society’s very expectations of a woman’s appearance are quite unrealistic. The fact is that today the price of beauty is very high. Ideals have moved to the limits of unnaturalness, where plastic surgery has become our everyday life. As for fashion itself, we can notice the mixes of all previous styles told in a more modern way. Hairstyles and make-up have also become individual choices.