My, how times have changed — especially when it comes to the ideal female form. And now thanks to the archives of LIFE Magazine, we know what was in vogue in the 1930s. According to a , the "ideal" woman had a 12 inch neck, 19.5 inch thighs, and 6 inch wrists.
Featuring 20-year-old model June Cox (who was 5 ft. 7 inches tall and weighed 124 lbs.), the article explained that women of the time should have a soft and slim, feminine shape — better to wear the era's fashions which emphasized a more romantic look. This diverged greatly from the more voluptuous shapes that were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as the "boyish form" that was all the rage in the '20s.
"The perfect 1938 figure must have curves but it differs from the perfect figure of past decades in relationship of curves to straight lines. Now, though, the ideal figure must have a round, high bosom, a slim but not wasp-like waist, and gently rounded hips," the article said.
Much props to Cox and her beautiful body, but we bet the women in the 1930s took this advice with a grain of salt. We know we would have.