It seems that obsessions with the perfect body type knows no borders. Case in point: while Americans talk about hourglass figures, or about thigh gaps, while South Koreans talk about S-shaped (curvy) bodies.
Shane Watson of the Times of London believes that the world has finally gotten over its obsession with extremely skinny women and has moved on to embracing "the fuller figure." But is that really true?
There's perhaps no fashion magazine feature as infuriating as "dressing for your shape," as most designated shapes don't really take a real woman's body into consideration, but rely on dated and slightly offensive descriptions instead.
Women just can't win. While for years we've heard that the hourglass figure — that is, a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower — was the Western ideal of fertility and beauty, now Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah claims that a "more cylindrical" shape indicates a body is "physically stronger, more competitive…