|Wealthy British woman, Hannah Primrose (1874)|
|Marilyn Monroe (Mid 1950s)|
|Model Valeria Mazza (1990)|
However, today the ideal image of female beauty seems to be reverting to its roots. By no means am I suggesting that women of all shapes and sizes are represented on magazines or fashion show runways. But women like Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose are now seen as sexy and their bodies as ideal, although they are are not a size zero. This could be partially attributed to the new trend that beauty should appear natural, although it may not be natural. In this way curves are slowly creeping back into pop culture. Similarly, Kardashian and Rose although both curvy, have a specific body shape, a very defined hourglass. Their bodies are shaped much like the women of the 19th century, with larger assets but very small defined waists. It almost appears like they are wearing corsets... Kardashian even recently began promoting a new type of corset, the work out corset from whatsawaist.com. This new contraption, much like corsets used in the past, is meant to give a woman's body that desired hourglass shape.
As the ideal female body shape has once again shifted from super thin to hourglass, the corset is bound to reemerge in popular culture.