Would you have been considered hot in Ancient Greece?
When you're overweight, a little or a lot, people who are trying to be kind but still struggling with a positive adjective will call you Rubenesque. Rubenesque means plump, fleshy, voluptous — the kind of women that were featured in a number of Peter Paul Ruben's paintings.
During Ruben's time (1600s), women who would be considered plus-size today were thought of as very sexy and desirable then. In the Renaissance and Baroque eras, women who were fleshier were thought of as healthier and wealthier.
Every time has its own idea of beauty, and these standards or ideals can vary drastically. In the Victorian era it was tiny waists and large butts; the 1920s, no curves and boyish is beautiful; in the 1960s, super-skinny was the trend.
Society seems to determine what kind of beauty is in and what is out. But perhaps the best plan of action is for us, as individuals, to determine our own beauty ideals, instead of trying to conform to someone else's.
In this video by Buzzfeed, they demonstrate the range of women's ideal body types over the past 3,000 years.
Eugene Lee Yang, a video producer at Buzzfeed, said in an interview with The Huffington Post, "We're so often preoccupied with current trends that we lose perspective on how fleeting our obsession with physical perfection has historically been. As demanding as our perception of an ideal body type may be, we should remember that yesterday's ideal will, without fail, evolve into something completely different tomorrow."
How about we call the next trend "Everyone is beautiful in their own way," and think of all our bodies as ideal.