Ideal Body Types Through History Could Teach Us All Something About Women’s Bodies [VIDEO]
The "ideal" woman's body type has taken on a number of forms over the past 3,000 years. Check out this video that takes you through the years from Ancient Egypt through the 21st Century.
In ancient Egypt, it was slender shoulders and a narrow waist; during the Italian Renaissance, it was a round stomach and fair skin; in the 1980s, it was an athletic build with curves. The important thing to notice in the video is that what is considered "ideal" over the years has changed many times. That is of course true with individuals as well. Ladies, love your self for who you are and know that you're beautiful no matter what size and shape you are!
The creators of this Buzzfeed video say "The key visual component of the video is an objective, diverse showcase of women's bodies, and that alone sparks a strong reaction, many viewers had a poignant response after seeing how ephemeral our concept of 'the ideal' is. Other viewers focused solely on the way the models look and missed the point entirely. Case in point: there are some people who can't get past a woman's image, and there are others who are able to see and think beyond that."
Individuals who chose to criticize the models through a twenty-first century lens may have missed an important message: every body type has at some point been "ideal," and every body type is beautiful.
Buzzfeed goes on to say "We're so often preoccupied with current trends that we lose perspective on how fleeting our obsession with physical perfection has historically been," Yang said. "As demanding as our perception of an ideal body type may be, we should remember that yesterday's ideal will, without fail, evolve into something completely different tomorrow."