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The Great Fashion Lie

The skinny-Minnie, toothpick figures that fill the news stands, is one of the great lies of the 21st century.

Fact 1: Guys like women with curves.

Fact 2: Nature prefers women with curves.

According to research by Dr. Devendra Singh from the University of Texas-Austin, the 0.7 WHR figure is not only evident in across the world cultures, but also in all of the Miss America winners from 1923 to 1987 and Playboy models 1955 to 1965 and 1976 to 1990.  Guys dig women with curves.

Dr. Devendra Singh also sought out the truth about what males find attractive about females on a primal level.  Singh and researcher Steven M. Platek, measured brain responses of 14 men with the average age of 25.  The part of the brain, the Orbital Frontal Cortex, would activate the reward centers of the brain (anterior paracingulate gyrus) when shown pictures of appealing female bodies.  The subjects were shown seven nude female bodies at random times.  The bodies with 0.7 WHR consistently received more responses than figures with smaller body masses (BMI height/weight). 

               The human brain does not lie.  Regardless of what the fashion industry or politically correct males claim, the curvy figures beat out the narrow figures in brain responses. 

To further drive this point home, let’s take the measurements of beauty icon, Marilyn Monroe:
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches
Weight: 118-140 pounds
Bust: 35-37 inches
Waist: 22-23 inches
Hips: 35-36 inches

Do the math:  WHR = 23/36 = 0.64  
At today’s Body Mass Index standards, 5′ 5.5″ at 140 lbs, Marilyn  would have been considered over-weight.   Try telling that to the companies still making a killing selling Marilyn Monroe photographs.



Compare the two. 

Mame’s WHR:       22.5/35.5 = 0.63

Marilyn’s WHR:     23.5/37.5 = 0.62

The previously mentioned, six foot, two inch, 200 pound, Lillian Russell, had measurements of: 38-24-40 (Bust 38” Waist 24” Hips 40”).  This heavy weight gal had a WHR of 24/40 = 0.6. 

Is there a pattern here?

Other examples of the hourglass shape are the 2,500 year old sculptures of Venus.  Do you really think that mankind’s basic instinct towards an attractive, fertile mate has changed in a couple of thousand years?  Curvy meant healthy and fertile.  Maybe, on a primal level, the male sees the hourglass shape as a good sign that his genes will survive because the woman has a strong back, child bearing hips and able to nurture offspring.

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