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Famous Plus-Size Ladies From The Past

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Looking back over the years, it’s amazing to discover just how much the female body ideal has changed. From the waif, boyish figures of the Flappers in the 1920s, to the buxom, pin-up girls of the 50s; the representation of plus-size women throughout history is something to be celebrated, so we thought we’d take a look at some of our favourite plus-sized ladies from generations gone by!

Marilyn Monroe

Actress Marilyn Monroe was perceived as the epitome of beauty in the 50s. Her unique body shape, representing an extreme hourglass figure was a revelation at the time, with a figure far fuller and curvier than society was used to. With her sultry voice and curvy figure, Monroe became a much admired international star and remains a pivotal role model in the representation of curvy women today.

Camille Clifford

The early 1900s saw the introduction of the Gibson Girl, an idyllic representation of the female form created by illustrator Charles Gibson. Camille Clifford, a Belgian-born stage actress became the model for the Gibson Girl illustrations, with her voluptuous hourglass figure becoming the epitome of Gibson Girl style.

Anita Ekberg

A Swedish actress, model and international sex symbol, Ekberg became famous for her voluptuous figure. Courageous, ambitious, curvy and proud; Ekberg was a true inspiration to the women of the 50s and is an inspiration to this day. Blonde and buxom, Anita Ekberg used her curvaceous figure to her advantage, enhancing her curves at any given opportunity and rocking them with pride.

Mae West

Known for her provocative performances, West became infamous in the early 1900s starting out as a burlesque dancer before proceeding to develop her career as an actress and screen-writer. Embracing her hourglass figure with confidence, West was never one to shy away from the camera. Renowned for her brash tone of voice, one of our favourite Mae West quotes is this: “I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.”

It’s clear to see from looking at these curvaceous women of the past that curves have always taken centre stage and that doesn’t look set to end any time soon. Hooray! The inspirational, fuller-figured women above driving us to embrace our bodies with confidence. Who’s your favourite plus size woman from the past?