What is the ideal Female Figure?

The ideal female figure is something about which opinions can differ and in principle should be personal. Yet we see that most women strive for the same ‘ideal image’. We also notice similarities in their preferences among men. But research shows that what men say is nice to find is not always consistent with what they really like. By what is the ideal image of the woman determined? Has there been an evolution over time? What determines the man’s preference? Which female figures exist and how much influence does the media have on the ideal image?

What is an ideal image?

The ideal image of the female figure
Is the ideal female figure of the media also preferred by the men?
A brief history of the evolution of the ideal image of the woman
How much influence do the media and advertising have on our ideal image?
Campaign for real beauty

What is an ideal image?

‘The ideal image is something abstract. It is something that has been created by mixing influences and external factors with your own idea of ?? what the ‘ideal’ should be. ‘ It is the concept of something that is perfect.

The ideal image of the female figure
Our ideal female figure is mainly influenced by the media and advertising world. The ideal image that we see there is a woman’s model that is super slim to very thin. This is especially the case in the fashion world. We notice that many women pursue the ideal as proposed in the media, on TV or in fashion magazines. But the advertising world and the media give us a false picture of reality. Before the media appeared around us, a normal woman with curves was normal and ordinary. Since the advertising world and the media began to take an important position in our lives, our lives were influenced by it. They let us know how we should live and what we should look like.

Influence of computer programs like Photoshop
The ideal image does not exist in reality. Everyone has something that does not respond to the ideal. This is also true with photo models. But they have the advantage that these small defects are eliminated by means of, for example, a computer program such as Photoshop. The danger around the corner then lies when they advertise made models, remedies or products to resemble them. Ordinary people hope and believe this because they are blinded by the ideal image they envisage. But these remedies are not always cheap in addition to the limited effect. If the advertising world announces it as, ‘the way to acquire beauty’, some people literally exhaust themselves in the gym and try one dietary product after another,

Is the ideal female figure of the media also preferred by the men?
What should be beautiful is often a matter of the fashion world. Very slim photo models can often be seen there. Some men will be ashamed of their preference because the ‘norm’ and ‘trends’ must be slim at present, while they still have a different preference. But further research shows that men have always preferred ‘curves in the right place’. Just because of the media, an inaccurate picture is sketched by women of what men think beautiful. This makes many women insecure and even though it is hard to believe for most women, the majority of men prefer women with more curves than to extremely slim women.

According to anthropologists, we can distinguish 3 types of women’s models:
The slim model with a BMI of 16.5, a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.68 and a chest circumference of 81 cm
The playmate model with a BMI of 18.5, a waist-hip ratio of 0.65 and a chest circumference of 89 cm
The average woman model who is rather chubby with a BMI of 25, a waist-hip ratio of 0.75 and a chest circumference of 94 cm

While women strive for the slim rectilinear model, men fall massively for the hourglass model, sort of ‘playmate model’. In general, we can say that a healthy BMI should be between 18 and 25 and the lower the waist-hip ratio (waist circumference divided by hip size) in women, the better and healthier. Women with a higher waist-hip ratio than 0.85 have an increased risk of heart disease.

How is it that men prefer to see curves?
This preference has a clear unconscious cause. Men follow preferences that have been inspired by centuries of evolution and development. It functions as a kind of unconscious instinct, and they determine their preference for the most and most suitable fertile woman. As a result, men have a preference for relatively large buttocks and men are therefore more likely to stick to thicker buttocks. In women, that is the place where a special type of fat is stored, namely the omega-3-fat DHA. This type of fat is indispensable for the growth of the baby’s brains during the last months of pregnancy and during breastfeeding. A woman would not be able to eat enough during pregnancy. A firm reserve in the buttocks and thighs offers a solution. If a woman does not have this, the child would be less smart. Grease storage around the waist, on the other hand, does not appeal to the man. The baby would be too fat with a chance of a heavy delivery with risks for the offspring.

A brief history of the evolution of the ideal image of the woman
Throughout history, natural curves in our regions and regions were accepted and considered normal. There was even a clear preference for round women. But in the first half of the last century, together with the struggle for the right to vote, there was a preference for the super-slim model. When, afterward, the women were massively back in the kitchen in the 1950s, several kilos extra were temporarily allowed.

The idea of beauty and craze as we know it today began with feminism. The women had lost their corsets but at the same time, they were trying their breasts and dieting. Originally beauty was only intended for the elite, but in the sixties, beauty lost its exclusivity to the elite and a broader audience was also working on it. The growing prosperity ensured that more and more people could decorate their appearance. At the same time, prosperity also ensured that people were getting fatter. They moved less and ate unhealthily. In addition, television became more accessible to everyone. More and more households were in possession of a TV and were more and more confronted with beautiful slim people on the screen. The media had entered the households.

How much influence do the media and advertising have on our ideal image?
Less self-confidence, also men can become uncertain
The media forces us in the fight against ‘overweight’ to comply with an irrealistic ideal image. Incidentally, we live in a society where the outward show is considered the most important.
The media is partly responsible for the development and increase of eating disorders
The media creates an ideal image that is almost impossible to achieve:
The fat% of known models is at least 10% lower than that of the healthy woman
About 20 years ago the weight of a model was about 8% below the weight of the average woman, now is
that is already 23% below average.
Less than 5% of women have a body that judges the advertising and media as ideal.

Because of the media plastic surgery and botox injection is seen as more accessible than before. Because of TV programs, we have increasingly come to think of it as normal and more and more people are looking for their ideal image through this path.

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Hi everyone, welcome to my blog about health, beauty, weight loss, and lifestyle! I am Mike Shaw, https://medium.com/@mikeshaw786/

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