The ideal or preferred female body size and shape has varied over time and continues to vary among cultures;   but a preference for a small waist has remained fairly constant throughout history. These ideals are generally reflected in the art and literature produced by or for a society, as well as in popular media such as films and magazines. During the s, the popularity of the model Twiggy meant that women favoured a thinner body, with long, slender limbs. The women who participated in this experiment drew their ideal bodies with enlarged busts and narrowed the rest of their bodies, resulting in the conclusion that the representation of ideal female body size and shape was narrowed hips, waist, lower torso, and an enlarged bust. Archived from the original on 24 October Various strategies are sometimes employed to temporarily or permanently alter the shape of a body. The size of the nipples may increase noticeably.
Female body shape
Body shapes are often categorised in the fashion industry into one of four elementary geometric shapes,  though there are very wide ranges of actual sizes within each shape:.
Retrieved 6 September As the fashion houses in the early s still catered to a specific, elite clientele, the image of the fashion model at that time was not as sought after or looked up to as was the image of the celebrity. Archived from the original on 25 February