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Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something That Every Woman Sadly Already Experienced
Are you shocked? Don’t be! Just relax! Not all of us should look slim, some of us should look beautiful… Perhaps her forms are too much an ordinary man can handle…
But... why do I do this? I was just
waiting for the right article to come my way and it was channeled today… Please
forgive me for my grammar mistakes and typAs as I had only 18 minutes to
complete the translation of Boris' thoughts from russian to english. Based on an article by Boris Akunin: How did we go from plump to thin.
Here are some of the most legendary beauties of European history. Please have a look and do admire.
Diane de Poitiers, a heart mistress of Henry II
Margot, she was the reason the handsome de la Mole literally lost his head
Madame de Maintenon, a dear friend of the Sun King
the First – Polonian (Polish) woman with no aristocratic background, that convinced Peter
the Great to marry her
The incomparable: Madame de Pompadour
The beauty of these women so stunning to the historians of their times and winning the hearts of the alpha males, seems questionable to us today, right? Catherine Skavronskaya for my taste, is just a monster. Well, Madame de Maintenon is still around, but it looks like she needs some fitness sessions and she needs to go on diet.
That's the thing. With all the differences in appearance these dazzling beauties of the past have one common (and mandatory) characteristics: they are fat, or at least they are all nicely rounded...
Until the 19th century, thin woman, by definition, could not be considered as beautiful, it would be an oxymoron. The word "good" literally meaning "fat" in some languages ("plump" - that is, "a better one"), and "skinny" to “thin” was synonymous with the word "bad" and it is still pronounced like this in some languages. So it has been probably since prehistoric times, when food was always short. The corpulent. friend for life at the worst (again!) end should have been useful as a food source. Scary! Less bloodthirsty version suggests that a chubby wife / mistress in badly organised house heater system of the past was a medieval bedchamber warmer for some cozy night sleep. Well, reproductive function was especially important for the well-born baby so men were determined in tastes, and of course in looks of the women with more promising shapes with the presence of strong and wide hips and busts. The other parts of the body were not that important and not desirable to have, and crooked legs could not be rated because of the unavailability for the charmer’s gaze. Spanish queens are well known for not having any feet at all.
I thought for a moment: where and when, in fact, (and with whom) the modern canon of female beauty was so harshly established? Since when the rounded and plump ones ceased to be our beauty queens, repressed by their skinny and not that good looking and not that yummy tasting sisters?
Here's the result of my modest home-grown research and let the experts correct me here if I'm wrong.
There is a place of battle, where completeness was defeated by thinness - the city of your favorite - Paris.
There is the moment of historical change - fifties and sixties of the XIX century.
Empress Eugenie (1826 - 1920), the ancestor of
There is the culprit: the Empress Eugenie, a not-so-famous-wife of Napoleon III.
This lady which I [B.A.] wrote about already in general has had a huge, defining impact on our current understanding of “the most beautiful” in various fields of life. Today without even realizing we, in many ways, continue to follow the aesthetic predilections of her "Spanish flu" (as she was called by her hostile servants).
The main historical achievement of Eugenia was that she had returned to Paris that after years of vegetating got back the status of capital of the world. Paris, as we all know it today: boulevards, Haussmanian building, the Louvre facade, the Opera Garnier – all were shaped by that modern criteria of "bling" and glamour, and this so called “cool” elegance were all a simple reflection of one woman's taste, the woman of her maiden name of Eugenia Montijo and who, for 17 years, was short-lived French Empress.
Paris has happened to get the first position and the center of the fashion world - first at the time of Josephine and Madame de Pompadour, and Madame de Maintenon - but in the middle of the nineteenth century the speed travel and the dissemination of cultural information increased by multiple times, thanks to the ladies' magazines, telegraph, the World Expo, steamships and railroads. In St. Petersburg and in New York fashionistas would find out that at the last ball Empress Eugenie was dressed, what was her hairstyle, whether it's time to wear a crinoline or they should give it up, and what size the bustles should be - all these news got spread around Europe almost the next day
And as per her nature Evgenia constitution was very slim. As a clever woman, guided by the principle of "turn your defects into your effects" she deliberately emphasized her exotic physique by selection of outfits, and surrounded herself by a flower garden of the ladies with the same complexions.
Today we would say that all these girls are classified as still a bit fat and rounded, but in those days the famous painting by Vinterhalter would probably give us the impression of a parade of skeletons:
From this point of view, there is a curious monument reflecting the changing views of female beauty - the novel "Anna Karenina" in which our dear Leo Tolstoj, who was the enemy of every harmful fashion, contrasts the real, natural beauty of Anna Karenina (in its fullness by constantly drawing our attention to it) with the fractured and thoroughly Westernized Betsy Tverskaya with "her long white face" (see the picture above) and her unpleasant gaunt. But this is a lament for the outgoing canon of beauty. From now on, the western world will reign with the unnatural beauty of Princess Tverskaya.
Nobody really asked.the men, but this was usual. Most of them for a long time to come still secretly preferred plump and rounded women, but they did not dare to admit it out loud. The standard compromise of the male sexual preferences of the upper strata of the society in the late 19th and early 20th century looked like this: at home they would have a fashion inspired slim wife, as in a the brothel where you don’t have to pretend they would ask for Busty Zizi.
Then, with the advent of cinema, there was a final blow struck for fatties. Hollywood finished washing man’s brain, and most of men came to terms that the thin is more desirable than the plump and curvy...
End of story… Sad for 90% of those women nowadays who look really sexy, beautiful and attractive as they are…