What Does The Perfect Female Body Look Like? [Photos]

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at 05:59 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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American largest lingerie retailer, Victoria Secret suffered more than a weeklong backlash over an advert campaign that placed the title “The Perfect Body” over a group of svelte supermodels.

Advocates against the campaign started a petition signed by more than 27,000 people requesting for the campaign to be scrapped and an apology to be tenered. The petitioners argue that the ad campaign sends out an unhealthy and damaging message about women’s bodies and how they should be judged.

Clearly, those behind the campaign and the petitioners are in disagreement about what the perfect body is. Their different views on the subject matter, begs the question, what is the perfect body? And who gets to decide what the perfect body is?

Women’s bodies have changed over the past decades from being strongly built strong for survival to a delicate and slender build. Our great-great grandmothers were appreciated for their natural bodies.

If anything, they were more interested in enhancing their curves than reducing it.

It was a thing of pride and a mark of status to be voluptuous.

In the south-south region of Nigeria, especially the Efik speaking communities, corpulent women were regarded as more alluring, in good health and wealth.

In order to look more attractive young women were confined in rooms for a long period of time with no physical activity during which they were made to consume large portions of food whilst getting lessons in beauty, sex, etiquette and femininity from older women.

The appreciation for full-figured women was not limited to Nigeria alone. Voluptuous women were celebrated across the globe. Paintings from the Renaissance era depicted them as the epitome of sexy.

The Victorian era brought in a slight change in what was considered the perfect body. During this period, sexy meant having the tiniest of waistline. To achieve this look, women wore rib-breaking corsets. The compressed waistline aided a more magnificent derriere-Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas is the ideal Victorian sex bomb. The new waist-training trend indicates the desire for a tiny waistline is still on.

The hourglass figure transcended both the roaring 20s of the shorter hemlines and the Hollywood golden age of the 1940s.

The swinging 60s however, drastically changed the views on sexy. This era birthed the thin trend. Curves were out and by the 70s the thinking-thin phenomenon was fully rooted. Women exercised more to get a more toned and skinny body.

This trend is still the standard today even though the average woman is not a size zero. The fashion industry constitutes to cater for the minority. Instead of the majority who are bigger and curvier than those on billboards and magazine covers.

Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji’s re-launched clothing line that only goes up to size 14 even though the average Nigerian women cannot fit into a size 14 shows the bias of designers even if it is not deliberate.

The fashion industry in cohort with the media has pushed the stick thin body as the perfect body on us.  From Milan to Lagos skinny starved models cascade down the runways in clothes suitable for 12 year olds in the real world.

The perfect body is just an idea, which changes over time.  Thin might be trending now but, thin also comes in different shapes and mother nature has made it impossible to have a set prototype for the perfect body.

Only a handful of the women in the world are 5”10 and above, with zero percent body fat and the same waist to hip ratio. Therefore the perfect body should be how healthy the shape of the body you have is, and how comfortable you feel in your body.


Giftous1 at 06:18 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Wysetots at 06:34 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Average is fine.......

Don't be too slim....Men don't like hitting bone...

Don't be too fat......Men don't like swimming in pounds of flesh either.
Andybest1 at 06:38 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Aniagain at 07:15 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Am d number enemy of thin girls, I rather go for fat women wia there are no average ones that settle for a bony girl

dynasty4all at 07:15 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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''This is very interesting!!!!!! Having said that, let me warn Southerners and Christians, what you must know is that any vote for any Northerner is a vote for Boko Haram. If they like let them wake up all the former dead Northern leaders, any vote for them means a give up and punishment against the Christians and Southerners who will definitely regret it. Be sure never to sell your vote to the terrorists. If you make that mistake again, you are finished - you will be forced to adopt Islam if you are not killed, believe it or not. Have some common sense, any one of them is clearly Boko Haram and you are being deceived every day by all of them. Instead fight for DISINTEGRATION if you do not want to suffer. Remember, all they want to do is to get into power and trample upon you. You are warned!!!!!!!''
morgrawl231 at 07:32 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Larry28 at 07:45 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Abubu86 at 07:52 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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I prefer an average body-not 2 slim and not 2 fat
Ritabrenice at 08:04 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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dickman2 at 08:04 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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woman na woman..
Ritabrenice at 08:06 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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beneno at 08:24 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Eniola Badnus  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
schmit at 08:33 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Anyhow u be just dey happy, God knows d best lol
EL-Nath at 09:09 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Ask me leta.
bospak at 09:31 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Poster, which one can you create?
DrSoba at 10:50 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Me I like orobo
Foxtroft at 11:20 PM, 10/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Quote from: Abubu86 on 07:52 PM, 10/11/2014
I prefer an average body-not 2 slim and not 2 fat
Every man has a preference of what he wants his female to look like. But the question is how do you yourself look?. Every man wants a woman to look like a model in a GQ magazine, but this is what I called selfishness. We are so busy criticizing our women when we ourselves are not working on our bodies to look the best for them. Do we think they have no emotion or what?. How do we reconcile the fact an African man with a pot belly is lusting after a trimmed and slimmed beautiful girl that never born a kid and criticizing the woman at home for gaining weight after she had 4 kids for him?
 We must understand that no matter how good they look before you marry them, there is 90% chance that their body will change due to body chemistry. My advice is that you should deal with it because you caused it. If you want your female to keep looking trimmed and slimmed like she was before you met her, simply don't impregnate her or better off practice protected sex with her for the rest of your marriage.
zoe61 at 12:18 AM, 11/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
wallas at 12:32 AM, 11/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Enuff meat must dey for me to chop  Grin
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