This week has sort of themed its way to a vintage place. When I think about Body Love the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful sex symbols of the 50′s and 60′s. Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic sex symbols of that era, but there are many more, all gorgeously curvy voluptuous and confident in their bare-it-all-skin. I often think about the day when our society decided to turn on the skin-and-bones-is-sexy switch and wonder who is to blame. I’m not sure there is an answer to those questions, nor does it really matter, but I do know that we can change this bones=beauty obsession for our daughters and their daughters. I thought it would be most revealing to simply post a few photos, of a few sex symbols, then and now. They really do say it all.
Sex Symbols of the 50′s and 60′s:
Sex Symbols of today:
And the fashion industry endorses this:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to come down on the skinny ladies, and if skinny is your natural body type, I certainly don’t want you to run out and get breast and butt implants. I agree that there are many different body types and skinny is definitely one of them, however, the skinniness pictured in the “now” category above is natural in about 1% of women (I’m friends with a few of them and trust me, they EAT, a lot, and still have negligible body fat). My point-of-post is to show you that sex symbols have changed over the years, and while even the curvy bodies of the 50′s and 60′s are still unattainable for some, I do believe that they represented a more realistic body image than those of today. There are certainly some exceptions to that rule and it is refreshing to see curvier figures appearing on TV and in the movies, so perhaps the shift has begun. Like these lovely bodies:
Are the curvier bodies embraced only because of their talent? Unfortunately, the media and fashion industry are still a ways from embracing and promoting not only curvy, but all body types, so it is up to us to push back. We buy the clothes, we buy the magazines, we should be able to dictate the bodies we want to see and emulate. But first, we must start with loving our own gifts; skinny, curvy, apple, pear, tall, petite, pregnant, postpartum, all of them. Go home, look in the mirror, and give yourself some true Body Love!
Photo Sources: Marilyn Monroe / Bettie Page / Jayne Mansfield / Raquel Welch / Sophia Loren / Bridget Bardot / Angelina Jolie / Giselle / Paris Hilton / Kate Moss / Rachel Zoe / Sofia Vergara / Scarlett Johansson / Beyonce