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How have standards of beauty changed over the years?

How have standards of beauty changed over the years?

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Asked by Kendrell, Last updated: Nov 05, 2020

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Sophia Lee Ryan

Sophia Lee Ryan

Sophia Lee Ryan
Sophia Lee Ryan

Answered Oct 30, 2017

According to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “change is the only constant in life.” This is true, because what was considered as beautiful today may not be considered as such in the years to come. The standards of beauty greatly changed over the years and we can cut these changes into ten eras: 1) The Renaissance Era which lasted from 1400s to 1500s view those who had wider hips and extra fat as the most beautiful. Women wore bright red lipstick but their makeup was pale, 2) The Victorian Era viewed those who have slim waists as the most beautiful.

It was during this era when women loved to wear corsets that could reduce their waist down to 12 inches which sometimes can cause their ribs to break, 3) The Roaring Twenties were flapper style was considered as “in”, 4) The Golden Age was when women began to become conscious about their body in hopes of achieving the body of their favorite actresses, 5) Mid-Century which introduced the hourglass figure i.e., Marilyn Monroe, 6) The 80’s and the 90’s which both have different styles and perspective in beauty, and 7) The New Millennium wherein plastic surgery became more common and body shaming is at its best.

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