How The Ideal Beauty Standard For Women Has Changed In Hollywood, By The Decade

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The history of Western film is a pretty good barometer of how beauty standards have changed from decade to decade. We've ricocheted from girlish innocence in the early 1900s, to Flapper-style raunch, to 1970s high-cheekboned neurosis, all the way to the approachable-yet-gorgeous Jennifer Lawrences of today's red carpets. The ideal face shape, hair, eyes, even eyebrows have been both mirrored and dictated by screen sirens throughout the years, and they're an effective lens through which to observe how the "perfect" face, body, and attitude have developed over time.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but you can't use this list to say that things have changed all that much. For all the differences in makeup and style, the ideal face has always been symmetrical, with big eyes and good bone structure. The ideal body has always been some interpretation of "slim." In other words, the ideal has remained unattainable for most of us.

Still, after that, all bets are off. Here's a look at how Hollywood's beauty standards have changed, by the decade.

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