An Exhaustive, Expansive, Completely Conclusive Study by Kate Fitzsimmons and Karen Krautwurst
The Definition of Beauty is
That Definition is none –
Of Heaven, easing Analysis,
Since Heaven and He are one.
- Poem By Emily Dickinson
What’s the deal?
The peasant girl shown on the left represents undesirable qualities, such as thick arms (which signifies manual labor), rough features, and tanned skin (from working outdoors).
In the pre-civil rights America, it was especially important for black women to look “presentable” to reflect a positive image on their race as a whole.
The Vietnam War had created tensions among youth culture. It had spawned an era of rebellion which was reflected in styles and fashion.
In 1975, top models and beauty queens weighed only 8% less than the average women. Today, they weigh 23% less, a size that is almost impossible to achieve by everyday females.
The graph at left represents the number of full-body photographs that appear on the front cover of 4 different fashion magazines. As one can clearly see, in recent years the importance of the full body has increased exponentially.