[LMB] Why Four Girls?

Eric Oppen technomad at intergate.com
Sat Jun 11 20:04:01 BST 2011


Quoting Rachel <anglerfish at gmail.com>:

>> And standards of beauty change over time - Marilyn Monroe and most of
>> the other screen goddesses of the past wouldn't get a job in the business
>> today, they'd be sent away to lose weight and get some work done on their
>> faces, voices, and so on.
>
> Marilyn Monroe's measurements were actually somewhere around 37-23-36, which
> in some stores today corresponds to a size zero.
>
In J.C. Furnas' _The Americans: A Social History of the United States_  
(covers everything from first settlement up to 1914) it discusses how  
standards changed greatly in the 19th century.  The "Gibson Girl" type  
so admired around the turn of the century would have been considered  
an absolute ox in, say, the 1830s, when the ideal was a woman so  
delicate that going riding in a carriage was considered exercise.

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