Why Bigger Women Represent Perfect Beauty
Prevalence of unrealistic beauty
In today's world, modern women are subjected to countless images of thin ones. Actually, it's better to say that there's a bombardment of images coming from billboards, magazines, films and fashion shows. These images are so prevalent and difficult to escape that women feel terrible about having the slightest amount of fat on their figures. They want to eliminate all of it, reducing themselves down to the bone, not realizing that fat gives a woman her seductive, alluring shape. Modern women even work out vigorously in order to get their bodies as firm as a cement wall.
Past standards of beauty
When one looks back even forty years ago, we see that it was voluptuousness that represented ideal feminine beauty. Yesteryear’s celebrated beauties like Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth all had substantial figures. Another good example was Jayne Mansfield, a Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950’s who would be too large to occupy the same status now.
If we travel even further back we see substantial, full-bodied women in the works of European masters like Degas, Rembrandt and Rubens. There was great admiration for full-figured women in the 19th century. The “hourglass” body was the ideal, which included a large bosom and wide hips.
In the Renaissance period, the perfect woman was more voluptuous than at any other time in history. Women were encouraged to eat more so they could be softer and curvier!
During Hollywood’s Golden Age from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, there was a great emphasis on the aforementioned hourglass figure. And even in the early 1960’s you could find advertisements in Marvel comics for pills promising to make skinny women more curvaceous and desirable.
Dawn of today's beauty standard
At the same time, today’s standard of beauty saw its origin in the 1960’s too, with women wanting to be like skinny models, which included Twiggy. To this day, critics blame the naturally skinny Twiggy and her boy-like thin image as promoting an unhealthy body image for women. Her unfeminine figure had a massive impact in fashion and 40 years later women still strive to be as small and waif-like as her. By the 1970's, the desire to be as slender as possible was in full force.
In the 1960’s the average fashion model was 15 pounds lighter than the average woman. In the 1990’s, the difference between a model and the average woman was 35 pounds.
In the last years though, there has been an increasing backlash against the thin ideal. In 2006, the Spanish government banned too-thin models from Madrid Fashion Week. Dove kicked off their “Real Beauty” campaign, in which they attempt to promote a more realistic depiction of female beauty. There are already popular plus-size models like Lizzie Miller, Anansa Sims, Tara Lynn, and Robyn Lawley. In particular, one inauspicious photo of Miller showing belly fat in an issue of Glamour caused a small revolution against unrealistic female beauty. Israel has banned the usage of ultra-thin models.
Fans of voluptuousness
Many men consider larger women to be more sensual and erotic. A full-bodied woman incites passion and lust. They also find the texture of their flesh to be soothing and highly pleasant beneath their touch. There is something simultaneously erotic, maternal, cozy, comforting and electrifying about a larger woman. These men would much prefer to cuddle with a voluptuous female than a skeletal one. And not only that, but they find her to be a thousand times more feminine, sexy and alluring than a woman with the figure of a 10-year-old boy.
Though there are more and more women everyday who are at last discovering the overwhelming beauty of their natural forms, there is much distance to go. Nevertheless, perhaps by the 22nd century outrageously curvy plus-size women will be the ideal and our descendants will be utterly flabbergasted as to why our present-day society worshipped skinny women, deeming them so attractive and desirable.