At 200 pounds she was a world famous sex symbol.
Born Dec.4, 1860, Helen Louise Leonard began singing under her stage name of Lillian Russell at age 18. By the late 19th century, Ms. Russell had starred in many stage shows and was sought after by several suitors. She had a long-time relationship with one of the world’s most richest man, “Diamond Jim” Brady.
Despite gifts of jewels and a gold-plated bicycle, Lillian refused to marry the multi-millionaire.
Throughout her life, she recognised the importance of exercise. Hiring a trainer and exercising on her own, she usually kept her weight between between 140 and 160 pounds. At the peak of her career and fame, she weighed between 181 and 200 pounds. Even at 200 pounds, standing at five feet, seven inches (168 cm), she was considered one of the world’s most beautiful women. Despite a high Body Mass Index (BMI), Lillian had measurements worthy of top models, Playboy models and beauty contestants:
42″/107 cm Bust
27″/69 cm Waist
40″/102 cm Hips
If you calculate her waist-to-hip (WHR) ratio you will find that it is below the critical number of under 0.8, which indicates good health and also makes a woman’s figure most attractive. Ms. Russell had a WHR of .68. Coupled with her posture, grace and charm, made her an icon of beauty in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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