Body Beautiful

2 Comments 07 February 2011

Sexy isn’t defined by body size or shape; it’s a state of mind. Sexy is confidence, real beauty, and the power to be the best you. Women, celebrate your beautiful curves and accentuate all your assets.

“Three graces,” here in a painting by Raffael (1505), a motive popular in the art history which shows the beauty ideal actual in each case at a certain time in the form of three women. All “grace representations” of former centuries show more corpulent women than it our today’s “ideal.”

The modern slimness ideal

Before the beginning of the 20th century, most women who were considered to be attractive had bodies richly equipped with typically feminine curves. For instance much quoted “Rubens women” are an extreme example which portrays women not only consistent with the social trend at that time, but most likely reflected the personal taste of the painter. A glance at the paintings and sculptures of the old masters clearly shows that for centuries feminine figures which were once considered to be appealing, would be regarded today as being too fat.

Researchers have stated that in former times the ideal of attractiveness, or being fat, was considered to be a status symbol. Only the well-to-do could afford to eat well, while the poor remained slender from lack of food. However today, the supply of food is abundant and fat has lost its value of information as a sign of prosperity. To a certain extent, this correlation has reversed.

If the preference of slimness has something to do with economic prosperity, people should then prefer fatter bodies in economically poorer countries. And thus it is. A worldwide study in which 62 different cultures were examined showed that being slim is preferred above all in countries where people do not think twice about their daily bread. In poor countries, however, heavier women are judged as being more beautiful (Anderson, 1992).

Also the social position of the woman seems to play a role in body size: In traditional cultures where women are primarily housewives and mothers, more corpulent figures are preferred. In cultures where women have more political power and more economic participation and employment, slender figures are preferred. Barber (1998) showed that during the 20-th century this connection also existed in the western world. The more traditional the women’s role, the more curvaceous was the ideal figure. The greater the economic growth and the women’s role in the educational system and employment, the less curvaceous was the ideal body.
Read More: The waist-to-hip ratio

Curvy Women Past and Present

Beauties of today and beauties of the past… when a voluptuous woman was considered beautiful.
“Timeless Beauties”…

Titian (1485–1576) is generally ranked with Michaelangelo and Raphael as the greatest painter of the High Renaissance. But whereas Michaelangelo perfected the masculine ideal, Titian’s genius was most conspicuous in his female subjects, and his sumptuous representations of femininity have never been equalled.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder:
You decide » Skinny or Curvy?

Skinny versus Curvy: Teri Hatcher versus Christina Hendricks! …Choose your favorite!

Looking at curvy women bodies give men the same high as drugs

Gazing at curvy women’s torsos has identical effect on adult males as taking drugs or boozing, a new study has said.

According to the study, men use the same part of their minds when seeing hourglass bodies as they do when enjoying their preferred vices. Source

But viewing skinny babes doesn’t bring the similar reaction, the study’s researchers added.
To reach the decision, scientists in Georgia, U. S., scanned the brains of 14 young adult males as they viewed before and after pics of naked women who had reconstructive surgery to give them bustier buttocks.

Seeing the post-operative shots agitated the brain’s “reward centres” – areas more commonly actuated by drinking alcohol and taking drugs, analyses showed.

Examples of Beautiful Curvy Women…

Christina Hendricks at the 2010 Emmys

Mumaith Khan is an Indian film actress

Kim Kardashian in a Bikini

You can be sexy at any size or at any age!

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder the World Over

ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2010) — “Western culture is increasingly obsessed with physical appearance and beauty, but vanity is nothing new, nor is it limited to just one culture. Moreover, differences in our perception of physical beauty have an enormous impact on the fashion, cosmetics, and weight control industries, and more recently on aesthetic surgery trends. Understanding how culture and region alter the perception of beauty is therefore not only of anthropological and social interest but underpins multibillion dollar industries across the globe.” –Source

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