Posted on July 19, 2013 by Aimee


The 1950’s was a time where curves were truly celebrated and female stars used their shape to maximum effect. This bygone era was about women portraying femininity with their figure and having curves in all the right places. We here at Just Curvy HQ want to take a look back at three hourglass icons and remember the women who were proud to be curvy.

Marilyn Monroe

When we think of the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe instantly springs to mind as she was the quintessential sex symbol of the decade. With a dramatic hourglass figure, Marilyn knew how to show it off as the estimated size 16 was a plus size beauty and starred in over 25 films during her career. Marilyn, whose life abruptly ended in 1962, made a huge impact on the world during her era and still does to this very day; she certainly made being curvy sexy.

Sophia Loren

Beginning her career in film in 1951, Sophia Loren was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in the world. The brunette’s, Italian beauty did not go unnoticed and she knew how to work her voluptuous curves, she was once quoted saying “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”. Maybe we should start eating high quantities of pasta then if that’s the case!

Jayne Mansfield

The ultimate pin-up girl of the 1950’s, Jayne was a lady who was definitely proud of her curves; this blonde bombshell loved showing off her feminine figure both within her film career and as one of the early Playboy Playmates. This lady and the world celebrated her hourglass figure until her untimely death in 1962 but her remarkable assets are believed to be responsible for the 1950’s brassieres and also made the bikini popular.

Jayne, Marilyn and Sophia were true curvy icons of the 50’s and we are glad that during this decade females with these fuller figures were celebrated and idolised and are still remembered to this day.

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