Models: Then vs. Now

In current times the thinner you are the more beautiful you are and basically every girl has the desire to have the unordinary “thigh gap” and look like a Victoria’s Secret Model especially when they air the VS Fashion Show very year on CBS. I am pretty sure that if they could trade lives with any girl it would be with a Victoria’s Secret Model because they are obviously extraordinarily beautiful in every way. The problem with this desire though is that it creates unhealthy body dissatisfaction and leads women to try and achieve bodies like these models, which sometimes can be extremely unrealistic.

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In comparison to models today, models in the 1950s and 60s were a lot more full figured and definitely looked a lot different than women today. In the early 50s and 60s the desirable look was a full figure with full hips and bust but today it is almost the complete opposite. In the 50s models had an average BMI (Body Mass Index) of 23.6 and a height of 5 feet 5 inches, compared to today’s models with an average BMI of 17 to 20 and a height of 5 feet 10 inches. Clearly over many decades the desirability has changed tremendously and has been a leading cause in eating disorders among young girls and women.

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