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In recent history the idea of feminine beauty has been shifting toward a less healthy overly thin model More than 25000 years ago when humans first evolved women exaggerated their reproductive organs like breasts and hips using fertility symbols Slim women were not considered beautiful because they did not seem healthy enough to nourish and raise a family or make it through the winter Slim women were also considered to be poor because they could not afford enough food to keep their body full and healthy During the Renaissance era beautiful paintings from world famous artists including Michelangelo featured full-figured women Full figures continued to be popular throughout the Mannerism and Baroque periods which continued up through the 1730s In the mid-1700s womens figures started to change The women began to wear girdles cinching up their waist to exaggerate their curves The girdles were painful but women wanted to get their waist as small as they could In the 1900s waists became even smaller The Roaring 20s brought radical changes to women and their bodies Young girls called flappers became popular They wore their hair short and boyish wore rolled down stockings and short baggy dresses exposing their arms and legs They were defined as rebels and embarrassed the older generation by the way they dressed and acted They refused to be lady-like and they were wild Twiggy was the most popular fashion model in the 1960s named for her ultra-thin body She exposed more and more of her stick-like body to the camera and inspired other girls to become like her because she was popular different and wild The super-skinny image is still portrayed today even though it is not healthy In the early 1990s a magazine headline read You Can Never Be Too Thin Some women literally believed this and died of starvation and suffered from anorexia nervosa Teenagers are directly targeted because they always conform to high fashion
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