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Anyway, take a trip down memory lane with me and we scroll through the years and marvel at the sheer ridiculousness of the varying “perfect body” opinions from the people of that particular time. Who knows… it may even make you love yourself even more!

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1. 1910s

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In all honesty, looking at this image, I can’t help but feel we’ve come very slighty full circle. I mean, top heavy, bottom heavy with a teeny weeny waist in the middle… well, who does that remind you of, I wonder? I’ll give you a hint… the entire family is obsessed with the letter K…

The Gibson Girls pulled it off a whole lot classier though.

Camille Clifford

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2. 1920s

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Ah the roaring twenties, the years of moonshine, flapper girls and not a curve in sight. Short hair and smoky looks definitely played a part in the overall look, but this decade was definitely obsessed with one body part in particular, the legs!

Alice Joyce

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3. 1930s

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Another decade of curves… they’re back and better than ever! Most people think the whole “Blonde Bombshell” obsession began witgh Marylin Monroe… however Jean Harlow was the true original for this look, and it’s definitely one of my favourite decades so far.

Jean Harlow

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4. 1940s

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This was certainly the decades for the “all-rounders”. Curves in all the right places, but due recently to coming off years of heavy food-rationing, not too over-the-top. A very classic, elegant and feminine look!

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5. 1950s

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And we’re back to the curves again (I’m beginning to notice a pattern here… are you?) I’d say this was the decade that idea of a “sex symbol” really camed into frutation. In fact, would you believe that women were so deserpate to gain weight during the 1950s, that there was wactually such a thing as weight gain tablets!?  INSANE!

Elizabeth Taylor

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6. 1960s

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Aaaaand with the swinging 60s we head straight back into the skinny, svelte figure. Which kinda makes sense seeing as the main fashion staple at the time was mini skirts and platform boots.

Twiggy

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7. 1970s

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Off into the 70s we go, where the focus was still mostly on a “straight” frame, with the addition of wider shoulders (I know, shoulders!!!!) but with thinner, dancing-queen hips.

Farrah Fawcett

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8. 1980s

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And here we have the 80s, at the beginning of the birth of the species known as “The Supermodel”. Why super? Well, cause you had to be super tall, super athetic and have super super long legs.

Elle MacPherson

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9. 1990s

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Forgive me for saying this but, probably my least favorite decade for body-shaming so far. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the whole “grunge” movement, but I’ll just never understand how “heroine chic” became the forefront of the ideal female body… but hey, that’s just me! And the women were still beautiful none the less.

Kate Moss

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10. 2000s

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Ah the 00s; when toned, tanned, pop-teens ruled the world and made feel-good, female-empowering music you could really shake that incredibly toned booty to. What a truly magical decade it was!

Christina Aguilera

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11. 2010s

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And of course, the last (for now at least) and possibly most “body shape obsessed” decade, the 2010s. A decade were you can litterally have the fat sucked out of any part of your body and injected back into wherever you freakin’ want it to be. And we’re subjected to these “perfect bodies” (more like perfectly fake bodies) more than ever thanks to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. What a time to be alive…

I guess the only question to ask now is… what direction are we heading in next? Personally folks, I hope it’s in the direction of, y’know, EVERYbody… but I suppose only time will tell. Here’s to the next decade of loving ourselves, either way!

So the moral of the story is ladies; It doesn’t matter what FREAKIN’ body shape you have, at one point in time it was freakin’ perfect, so why worry!? We’re all beautiful no matter what! And don’t you darn well forget it! x