Gibson Girl Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… They were also praised if they were in shape and in good health. The “Gibson Girl” transitioned to the “Flapper” in the 1920’s where as Flapper’s were immature, young women who were described as independent and reckless. Their particular lifestyle represented a refusal of the Victorian style. The ideal figure in this era was small breasts, no curves and short hair. It was ideal to have a flat chest, dark make-up, tan skin, and live a sporty and healthy lifestyles. The 1930’s to1940’s was America’s wartime. The Great Depression brought back a traditional style for women’s fashion and body image. This era focused on a trend toward practicality because of the plethora of men in combat. Shoulder width was emphasized and women were aspired to show off their curvy and feminine figure. Advertisements were focused on telling women how to avoid looking too skinny. After the war in the 1950’s, the ideal body image for women was a busty hourglass look such as model Marilyn Monroe. Women were expected to never leave the house without looking their best. They always had to look well composed and have flawless skin. The 1960’s focused back onto the “thin” look almost like the Flapper’s era. Instead of the ideal image focusing on a curvy figure, a thin and androgynous look was expected. Lesley Lawson is also known as “Twiggy” was a major supermodel for the 1960’s. Her small body frame, short hair, and tomboy look were idealized in that particular era and considered beautiful. In the 1970’s, being thin like Twiggy was still ideal, however, it started the influence of bad eating habits. The impact of women’s health started to go on a downward spiral as the eating disorder anorexia nervosa became mainstream. This era also was impacted by the rise of the diet pills as well. The 1980’s featured supermodels such as Naomi …show more content…
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