The Thin Craze of the 1960ís
by Erika Cox
The 1960ís brought on a whole slew of fads, fashions, and styles very
much different from the 1950ís. You can say, the styles were much bolder
and revolutionary from the proper and prim attitudes and styles of the
Clothes that would have never been accepted prior to the 1960ís were
popular, like the mini-skirt and form-fitting dresses and skirts.
Another fad or style that became popular in the 1960ís was being thin,
especially for females. In order to wear the popular mini-skirts and
other form-fitting dresses, many women had to be thin enough.
But the bigger reason why thin was becoming more and more popular was
because of models like Twiggy, a popular model in the 1960ís known for
her extremely thin appearance, showcasing their extremely thin bodies.
All of sudden, thinness became popular with company executives, the
entertainment business, and society as a whole. It was beautiful to be
thin. Prior to the 1950ís, actresses were pretty much shapely figured
like Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe, and other popular actresses, had full-figures and this
was the popular look but all that changed with the 1960ís. However just
being thin was not enough, skinny or adolescent thin was more attractive
and desirable. A straight up and down figure, very small hips, buttocks,
and breasts became the shape to have.
The curvy shapes of women in the 1950ís and 1940ís looked much better,
not to mention healthier, than models and actresses in the 1960ís
appeared. Let me make it clear that when I say full-figured I donít mean
large or heavy, I mean a figure that represents a curvy shape.
This obsession with thinness that started in the 1960ís with models like
Twiggy has caused women, including those in the modeling and
entertainment industries, to suffer from serious eating disorders that
have caused death. Karen Carpenter, a popular singer in the early 1970ís
struggled with Anorexia Nervosa and eventually died from the disease.
Iím not sure that anyone had eating disorders prior to the 1960ís
because it wasnít popular to be super thin and it wasnít pressured to be
thin, but the eating disorders definitely started to appear in the late
1960ís because so many women were trying to be thin like Twiggy.
Other than models appearing paper-thin, I donít know why thin became so
popular during the 1960ís, perhaps it had something to do with the music
industry being flooded with British music groups and that many of the
fads and styles in England were becoming popular here in America. Twiggy
was also born in England.
Perhaps thinness also became very popular during the 1960ís because of
the increasingly popularity of self-expression and womenís rights
movements during this time that allowed women to shed clothes and bare
more body. Being thin allowed them to comfortably wear clothes like the
mini-skirt, which maybe at that time stood for some sort of freedom and
Being thin and shedding weight may have given some women the ability to
fill better about themselves. Another reason could have been the onset
of the sexual revolution.
This thin look has remained an attraction or desire for many women even
today. Models, actresses, and everyday women strive to be paper-thin.
However, this has caused problems.
Paper-thin is not attractive and
shouldnít be. Unfortunately, the desire to be thin has caused some women
to have eating disorders or for bigger women to have low self-esteem if
they are not thin. The fact that it is attractive to some males is a
Someone being that thin with an adolescent girlís figure shouldnít be
attractive to any adult. Maybe itís just me but this attractiveness to a
shape that is not fully developed and does not represent what a womanís
shape looks like but what a girlís shape looks like is disgusting and
somewhat perverted. In my opinion, women should be shaped like women not
girls or boys.
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