Despite being dead for 51 years , original screen siren Marilyn Monroe has been named as the new face of Chanel No5 perfume. This is an interesting move, as Marilyn’s womanly shape, which made her the biggest sex symbol of the 1950’s is a far cry from the ‘perfect’ figure that you see on the catwalk nowadays. Marilyns measurements were 37-23-36, while the average catwalk models measurements are 32-22-33.
Monroe was an enormous role model to the youth of the 1950’s. With her healthy and enviably sexy figure, she was exactly what every female wanted to be. During this time, being ‘skinny’ was seen as being wildly unattractive, and people paid money for drugs to try and make themselves gain weight. This is a far cry from current day attitude towards weight,where curves are seen as something that should not be on a womans body, especially within the fashion industry, with people spending enormous amounts of money on drugs, diets and surgeries to reduce their body fat.
So does the ‘ideal’ body shape change with fashion? Will it ever go back to a healthy weight? We are already seeing a slight increase in the popularity of curvy, hourglass figures, with people such as Christina Hendricks and Kim Kardashian being seen as modern day sex symbols.
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