has always preoccupied
women. But over the past two centuries,
as women have gained more rights, the
association of self-worth and appearance
has been this enormous change from girls
being principally concerned with good
works to now being concerned with good
looks as a measure of their self-worth,"
says Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of
"The Body Project: An Intimate
History of American Girls" and
"Fasting Girls: The History of
has changed significantly over the
past century. These seven women
all met a definition of beauty during
attributes the transformation in girls’
behaviors to changes in technology,
the coming of mirrors, modern hygiene,
the rise of consumerism and popular
culture. Attitudes towards attractiveness
and ideals of beauty "have changed
drastically over the past centuries,"
timeline traces many of the body trends
leading up to today’s ultra-thin archetype.