It’s funny how us gals are so into looking and feeling skinny. We stop at nothing to get down to a size 2 and are the first to say our curves are well, too curvy. But what’s even funnier is how men love a woman for the same curves we can’t stand. While we might think our butt is too big or are bodies are too soft, men think the opposite. And while we might not be able to understand why men prefer our bodies one way, and ladies prefer them another, we can try our best get a grasp. As much as us women do certain things mainly for ourselves instead of men, it is nice to know that the things we cannot really change are being complemented by men. So while you might think that all these curves will not land you a date, you’d be surprised at just how many benefits you hold. Many celebs these days are embracing these curves, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t too. Here are a few interesting things that men find most attractive on curvier ladies.
- 13 Younger Looking
- 12 More Womanly
- 11 Classic Look
- 10 Clothes Hug All The Right Places
- 9 Healthier Appeal
- 8 Not Afraid To Eat (Or Drink)
- 7 Fuller Upper Body
- 6 Bigger Back Side
- 5 Softer Body
- 4 More Fertile (Or So It Looks)
- 3 Can Handle More
- 2 More To Hold Onto
- 1 Attractive Silhouette
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13 Younger Looking
Women who have more cushion can tend to appear younger – and not just men can agree on that. It seems to ring true that super skinny women can appear older because they don’t have plump skin that helps hide wrinkles. The women with more flesh can hide their age better and don’t appear to have as many fine lines. Who wouldn’t want that? There’s nothing more satisfying than hitting a night on the town and being asked to show some I.D because you look too young. If having a rounder face with a little more skin does this to you, sign me up! Women have been trying forever to find ways to make them stay looking younger and fresh, and lucky for you, you get to save your money because you have that done for you naturally! So instead of standing in the mirror and pulling back that extra skin, embrace it girl because women pay lots of money to look as young as you!
12 More Womanly
A curvaceous babe is a sexy one to a man because she looks just like that: a babe. A woman. In a man’s eye, women are supposed to have curves because they should look more feminine than a man. They should have larger hips, bigger butts, and fuller upper bodies because if they don’t, they look more like a little kid than a sexy woman. And honestly, who wants a woman who is still shopping in the kids section? The same way a woman doesn’t want to be with a man who still shops in the kids section because he is either too short or too skinny (cough cough Samantha Jones), the same goes for women. A woman who is able to show off her beautiful curves in a fitted elegant dress is more appealing to any man. It shows confidence, and you look put together. A woman in a form fitting dress showing off her curves is way more attractive to men.
11 Classic Look
Men have been into curvy women for a long time now, and it still says the same today because they enjoy that classic look. A curvy woman with a body that is noticeable and not too thin or frail is sexy and has been for decades now, making it a thing men continue to get heated over time and time again. Marilyn Monroe was one of the sexiest women of her time, and she wasn’t a size 2. If you look at celebrities now, it is the curvier types like Kim Kardashian and Adele who are making headlines for their shape. Being model thin is a thing of the past, and no man wants to be with a woman like that. A curvy woman is classic and timeless, whereas stick thin is only a phase. When a man is with his woman, he want’s people to be thinking how classic and beautiful she looks, and not have people thinking the opposite. While women might believe the opposite, think again.
10 Clothes Hug All The Right Places
While us ladies might like our clothes to be a little loose on us – “Yay I lost a pound!” – men prefer clothes to fit on our shape, showing off our curves the best way possible. A man likes to see a woman in a fitted dress that emphasizes what she has underneath. I know I know, we try so hard to buy the bigger size of something because we feel more comfortable in it, but ladies here’s a little secret: don’t! You’ll be surprised at how amazing you’ll feel once you start buying clothes that actually fit. That bigger size just makes you look bigger, and honestly who wants that? You need to be able to embrace your curves and the only way you can do this is by not being afraid of clothes that show it all off! The second you start wearing clothes that hug you in all the right places, that confidence that you gain, everyone else will feel it too.
9 Healthier Appeal
Women who have more meat on their bones tend to look healthier in a man’s eye. She doesn’t look like she’s constantly trying the new fad diet but instead looks well-nourished and happy. And who wants to try the new fad diet anyway? Eating right shouldn’t not have to be about trying what’s hot right now, it should be a lifestyle. A diet is temporary, but eating right and embracing the curves you have because of it is for life! Many female athletes, like the Williams sisters, embrace their curvier bodies. Sure, they are constantly active and must live a very healthy lifestyle, but they still aren’t stick thing. And that’s ok. Serena Williams loves her body and she encourages curvier women to do so too! A curvier woman has curves that are noticeable and isn’t afraid to flaunt them, making her not only healthy on the outside but on the inside, too. Strong is the new sexy.
8 Not Afraid To Eat (Or Drink)
A woman who has curves and isn’t a stick figure clearly isn’t afraid of eating, and men love that. They don’t usually like going out with a girl who only eats a salad or doesn’t eat anything at all. They want a sexy woman who isn’t afraid to get dirty eating a monster burger while downing a craft beer (or three). And who are we kidding? Sometimes we are craving grub and want to sink our chompers into a nice juicy burger. Not every woman likes to eat a salad. And honestly who genuinely enjoys them? It takes longer to make them than to eat them, and the most delicious salads aren’t all that healthy anyway. So live it up and eat whatever it is your body is craving. Now we aren’t saying you should be eating Mcdonalds everyday just because it’s what you want, but there are healthy ways that allow you to indulge.
7 Fuller Upper Body
Most men are pretty much obsessed with boobs, and the bigger they are, the better. Especially when they are naturally voluptuous. Women that have more curves usually hold some bigger breasts – and all natural might we add – having them catch any man’s eye they walk by. Again, this goes back to my point about looking younger. There are so many women out there who pay a lot of money to get a natural looking bigger upper body, and lucky for you, you get to save your money because you have them naturally. Also, women who try to sport the bigger upper body look and don’t have the beautiful curves you have just look unnatural. I think I would rather take the natural look over anything, wouldn’t you agree? And the benefits of wearing a low cut top…you actually fill the top up rather than looking like you’re sinking in it. And trust me, that will definitely get a lot of attention!
6 Bigger Back Side
A lot of men are obsessed with the booty, too. And while us ladies like a tight, small butt to stuff into extra skinny jeans, men like a larger, thicker rear that doesn’t have to fit into a size zero. A larger butt is more attractive to a man, especially compared to the flat, no butts out there that don’t have any cushion for the pushin’. Also, if you look at all these Instagram workout models or search what it is women try to achieve at the gym (besides a 6-pack), it is a bigger behind! Lucky for you, you don’t need to spend hours and hours working out at the gym to achieve this goal because you’ve already got it! Not only will men be checking out your backside, but women too, wondering how many hours you spent working on it or if it’s even real!
5 Softer Body
Sure, we love soft things. Like a soft cashmere sweater or super soft skin. But when it comes to our bodies, we don’t think so. However, men feel differently and actually like a body that is softer to the touch. They like to snuggle up to a woman who is fleshier because it’s more comfortable and nicer to hold, instead of just coming into contact with skin and bones. Sure, we women are all about toning up and getting cut, but think about the benefits of softer skin. Your man doesn’t have to worry about hurting you when he wants to snuggle up to you in bed, and honestly, no man wants to feel like he is going to hurt his woman with the littlest squeeze. And let’s face it, every woman, skinny or not has a soft spot on her body. You’re a woman, you’re supposed to be soft to the touch. Imagine what it feels like grabbing on to a body builder. Sexy on a man, but a big no-no for a woman!
4 More Fertile (Or So It Looks)
Men are drawn to curvier women because they look more fertile than the skinnier girls. And while they might not be looking to have a kid anytime soon, chances are the time will come and they will want to settle down with the right woman who can bear plenty of children. When that time comes, he knows his curvy gal is the one who will do just that. Your curves are a sign of fertility. What do you think hips were made for? Obviously to support your baby while trying to multitask. Your curves are ready for the greatest gift of all. Have you ever seen a pregnant skinny woman? They look like they are going to fall over. Lucky for you, you’ll be able to look healthy and natural because your curves support you during this time of your life. Who wants to feel like they’ll tip over during pregnancy anyway?
3 Can Handle More
When a woman is too thin, she might appear too weak and therefore not able to handle things in the bedroom – or at least that’s what many men tend to think. They want to be gentle with a skinny girl because they’re almost afraid of breaking her, but a thicker woman? Now, that’s a woman that can handle getting tossed around on the bed a few times. You wouldn’t want your man to be in his head the whole time while you two are together, wondering if he pulls a certain move, you’ll break. A man enjoys a strong woman both inside and outside of the bedroom, and your curves prove just that. Intimacy is supposed to be natural, seamless, and if he isn’t afraid of hurting you, the better your time in the bedroom will be! Really, I don’t see anything wrong with that.
2 More To Hold Onto
Men like something to hold, especially during the act. He doesn’t want to feel a woman’s ribs or bones sticking out of her skin. He wants to grab onto a thick behind, or a fleshy thigh and enjoy what he’s holding – not to be nervous he’s about to break it off. When a man is showing signs of affection, whether it be in the bedroom or simply holding on to you while you’re reading the morning paper, he wants to be able to feel something. A man doesn’t want to wrap their arms around someone and feel like they’re hugging a board. It’s nice to be able to take in your woman and feel like you’re truly holding on to something. A bony woman will not feel the same way as a curvier woman does, and most men prefer the curves.
1 Attractive Silhouette
Guys love a woman with a sexy silhouette – and the curvier the better. The more curves a woman has, the better her silhouette is and the more womanly she looks. Whether she’s dressed up for a night out or lounging around in sexy lingerie, men love a woman with a strong, sexy silhouette. Imagine what a man is thinking when you’re wearing an attractive little number that hugs you in all the right places. Even when he lends you some sweatpants and you’re not swimming in them, but rather look the sexiest you’ve ever looked. Every woman wants her man looking at her from a distant and thinking, damn how attractive is my woman. Having curves does just that because your body is fuller and more womanly. This goes back to the above point about how your figure makes you look like a babe. So don’t deny your curves. Show them off. Not only will it make you feel more confident or sexier, but you’ll see how much your man truly loves it!
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Sensual Curves And Science
Are you also interested in beauty, and what makes women attractive from a scientifical point of view? Curvy women maybe a clever bet, and here’s why.
I read an interesting article by Psychology Today that explains the importance of female curves. It starts from reporting different studies. One, by Devendra Singh (and supported by about a hundred more similar studies), shows how men all over the world, including isolated groups unexposed to the media, rate women as most attractive when their waist size is 60 to 70% of their hip. To give you an idea: the average Playboy playmate’s waist is 53% of her hips, the average fashion model has a 46% ratio, the average US undergrad a 75%.
Also, neuroscientist Steven Platek found that viewing a curvy figure lights up the same pleasure centres in men’s brain as heroin and cocaine. Men seem to “know” without knowing, that a curvy shape (given by a small waist, normal size hips and legs which are well endowed with fat) is desirable. Why?
Fat and brain
Even a very thin woman carries an astonishing amount of fat in her hips and legs. The total amount of fat a human female carries is seven times that of other animals (and more than a man). Only bears ready to hibernate , penguins facing a sunless winter without food and whales swimming in arctic waters have a fat percentages which are close to a slim, young, healthy woman. Why have women been designed to store so much fat in their hips and legs?
One reason is that the fat stored there is protected and doesn’t change with weight fluctuations. It normally remains constant. Only during the last months of pregnancy and then during breastfeeding, women start to break down their lower body fat for the rapidly growing infant.
Just as human mothers have seven times more fat than other animals, humans babies have a body part which is seven times bigger than that of other animals: their brain. Other than water, the human brain is mostly made by fat, and a particular kind of fat: an Omega-3 fat called DHA. We can’t make Omega-3 fat, it has to come with what we eat, and women tend to store their DHA in their hips and legs.
The Right Places Of A Female Body
A human baby’s need for DHA to feed its rapidly growing brain is so great that a mother can’t supply enough from her everyday diet. Most of the DHA in a mother’s milk comes from what she has stored over the years in her lower body’s fat. Even then, her supply is limited, and diminishes with every child. This might in turn explain why first-born children tend to be smarter than their siblings.
That is what men’s brain are telling us: that a woman’s shape signals her amount of DHA. DHA makes brains work better – it is especially incorporated into nerve cell membranes, facilitating the rapid transmission of information – so curvier women tend to have smarter children and, contrary to popular belief, being smarter themselves.
In addition, a woman’s small waist signals that she is less likely to have been pregnant before, or currently.
Unfortunately, American women (and men, and children) are now seriously deprived of omega-3 fat. Food companies eliminate them from products in order to extend shelf life. Compared with women in other countries, American mothers rank near the bottom in the DHA content of breast milk (Japan being the best).
Men don’t know why they prefer certain body shapes or why their brains light up when they see narrow waists and well-rounded hips and thighs. But the preferences encoded in their genes by millennia of evolution help reveal the probability of a woman’s success in having children, and intelligent children too.
Today’s media show us very skinny models as an ideal of beauty and create an incredible pressure to be thin and follow this theoretical model. But women are usually more like men’s ideals than they realise, so this just another reasons to love our body the way it is. We monsters try to encourage everybody to feel good about themselves, be natural, smile, and enjoy life in every moment!
Sculptors immortalize them. Poets regularly regale them. Even ordinary men pay tribute. American males, it has been calculated, spend some $3 billion a year to gaze at women with hourglass figures, those whose small waists blossom into sinuously curvy hips.
Men rate women as most attractive when they have a waist size that is 60 to 70 percent of their hip size, the late psychologist Devendra Singh found in a series of pioneering studies begun 20 years ago. And in more than a hundred other studies, men all over the world—including isolated groups unexposed to modern media—prefer a similar shape. Singh and cognitive neuroscientist Steven Platek found that viewing women with curvy figures stimulates a powerful internal reward system, lighting up the same pleasure centers in men’s brains that are targeted by cocaine and heroin.
That this kind of hourglass figure is not only typical of the women men pay to look at, such as Playboy Playmates and adult film stars, but is also a preference found in many different social groups and cultural settings, suggests it has been shaped over millennia by evolutionary forces, like our tastes for sugar and fat. The preferred women are remarkably alike, and the similarity of their measurements and men’s reactions to them further suggests that there is a specific template buried deep in men’s minds.
It is likely that men who preferred curvy hourglass figures in women had more children who carried their fathers’ preferences down to the present. Still, how could an hourglass figure relate to a woman’s success as a mother? The answer is not at all obvious. But over the past several years, we have been demonstrating that it has a lot to do with intelligence. And just as much to do with what people eat and where it comes from. The evidence also suggests why American women increasingly dislike their bodies and misjudge what men like in women. It may even explain why American children fare increasingly poorly academically compared with kids in the rest of the world.
What it comes down to, in a word, is fat. But not just any fat.
What Men “Know” Without Knowing
The average playmate or adult film star is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds, giving her a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5. Her bust, waist, and hip sizes are 35-23-35, so that her waist is 66 percent of her hip size. By comparison, the typical American university undergrad has a waist that is 75 percent of her hip size. The Playmate’s hips are similar to those of students with the same BMI—53 percent of her height; it’s just that her waist size is three inches smaller. So men prefer women who are taller than average, with normal-size hips for their moderately low BMIs, and very small waists.
Her unusually small waist is only part of what makes a Playmate so curvy. The other part is having relatively normal- size hips and legs that are well endowed with fat. Even a thin woman carries an astonishing amount of fat in her legs and hips—about a third of her body weight. Men everywhere admire the fat located here. Those surveyed in 54 non-Western tribal groups almost always preferred women with large or fat hips and legs.
The total amount of fat a human female carries is seven times that of other animals, and much more than men! Only bears ready to hibernate, penguins facing a sunless winter without food, or whales swimming in arctic waters have fat percentages that approach those in normal, healthy, trim young women. Women, however, don’t regularly swim in arctic waters or hibernate for the winter. Why, then, have they been designed to store so much fat in their hips, buttocks, and legs?
One clue is that the fat stored there is protected; it doesn’t figure into weight fluctuations. Fat in the upper body is like a checking account with frequent deposits and withdrawals. But hip and leg fat is more like a certificate of deposit—it usually remains untouched by weight shifts. Only during the last few months of pregnancy and while nursing do women start breaking down this lower-body fat, making it exclusively available to the rapidly growing infant. Something stored there seems very important for their children. It couldn’t be just a matter of calories, because it’s easy for the mothers to get them simply by eating more of anything.
Just as human mothers have seven times more body fat than other animals, human babies have a body part that is seven times larger than the one in other animals—an enormous brain that grows fastest in the first two years of life. Other than water, the human brain is mostly fat and has a lot of a particular kind of fat: an omega-3 fat called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). We can’t make omega-3 fats; they have to come from what we eat, and women tend to stash their DHA in the same hip and leg fat that men value.
A human baby’s need for DHA to feed its rapidly growing brain—DHA is especially incorporated into nerve cell membranes, facilitating the rapid transmission of information—is so great that a mother can’t supply enough from her everyday diet. Most of the DHA in a mother’s milk comes from what she has stored over the years in her lower-body fat. Even then, her supply is limited, as it is depleted by each child. Since a mother’s DHA levels are greatest for the first child, it may be one reason why first-born children tend to be smarter than their siblings.
That’s what men’s brains are telling us—that a woman’s figure signals the abundance of her DHA supply. Studies show that women with curvier hourglass figures have more DHA stored in their body fat. And because DHA makes brains work better, these curvier women also tend to have smarter children and, contrary to what you might expect, to be smarter themselves.
In other studies we have conducted, we find that children who live in countries where mothers have high levels of DHA in their breast milk score high on international tests of academic ability regardless of differences in income. American children rank 31st out of 64 nations. Children earn the highest scores in places with very high levels of omega-3 fat intake, like Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, where most women have slender hourglass figures. Japanese women have four times more DHA in their blood than do American women, with high-scoring children and low levels of obesity.
While a woman’s hips tell men about her omega-3 stores, her waist conveys a still richer message. In addition to having more omega-3, women with smaller waists are also less likely to have been pregnant before (or currently), so their childbearing potential is still untapped. They are also less likely to die in childbirth. The same giant infant brain that mothers have to supply with DHA also makes it much more difficult for it to fit through the birth canal. Women with higher BMIs and more waist fat are more likely to have first babies that grow too large to deliver, a problem usually fatal for mother and baby unless she has a surgical birth—and one that still takes the life of one mother in 10 without access to obstetrics. Shorter women are especially likely to have this difficulty, and they also tend to have bigger waists because they have less space for their internal organs. It’s easier for women as tall as Playmates to have small waists, and it’s also easier for them to deliver their babies.
Because small waists convey so many desirable qualities, men like them to be extremely small. There is, in fact, no lower limit to waist size that men conjure. The imaginary women they depict in comic books and animated films have hips like Playmates but impossibly small waists. Jessica Rabbit’s waist is less than 40 percent of her hip size.
Men haven’t a clue about why they prefer certain body shapes or why their brains light up when they see narrow waists and well-rounded hips and thighs. But the preferences encoded in their genes by millennia of evolution help reveal what it is about women’s bodies that foretells success in having children.
Fat City but Skimpy on Omega-3s
Not surprisingly, the body shape that men find most attractive is actually quite similar to the one that young women typically have—correction: had. Just as evolution has designed men to prefer a shape ideal for mothering, it has moved women toward that shape. Even though Playmates are taller than average and have unusually small waists, their figures are not so different from those of young European women today—or young American women of 40 years ago. Back then, half of American women in their late teens had BMIs less than 20, and two in five had a waist-hip ratio of 70 percent or less. Unfortunately, today’s average American woman is 20 pounds heavier than in 1970. Only one young woman in six has a BMI less than 20, and only one in 20 has a waist-hip ratio less than 70 percent. What’s gone wrong?
The same innate drive that makes women store fat may also be causing them to gain extra weight now. It’s not women’s needs that have changed—it’s their ability to satisfy those needs.
Since omega-3 fats must come from our diets, the amount we can store in body fat depends on how much we can get from the food we eat. Unfortunately, American women (and men, and children) are now seriously deprived of omega-3 fat. Food companies eliminate them from products in order to extend shelf life. But as the amount of omega-3 in the American food supply has been shrinking, we’ve been getting much more of another fat, omega-6, which is cheaper, more stable—and undermines our ability to get enough omega-3.
Most omega-6 fat comes from chemically processed oils extracted from soybeans and corn. Further, feeding farm animals corn instead of allowing them to graze on their natural diet of grass (rich in omega-3) also increases omega-6 while reducing the omega-3 in meat, milk products, and eggs. Omega-6 fat is not inherently bad. Our bodies need roughly equal amounts of these fats, and for over 95 percent of human history, they were in balance. But our diets now supply 20 to 25 times more omega-6 than omega-3!
As a result, American women now have very low levels of DHA in their stored fat, as indicated by the amount of DHA in a mother’s milk; after all, providing necessary nutrients for their infants is why women store DHA in the first place. Sadly, compared with women in other countries, American mothers rank near the bottom in the DHA content of breast milk.
They also rank poorly in the DHA content of body fat. One pound of American body fat has much less DHA than a pound of fat in women consuming high omega-3/low omega-6 diets, like those in Japan. The only way an American woman can increase the amount of DHA in her fat stores is to add more pounds of fat. Since it takes a certain amount of DHA to build a human infant’s brain, a woman today needs more pounds of that low-DHA body fat. This may help explain why American women weigh 20 pounds more than they did 40 years ago, and 40 pounds more than Japanese women of the same height.
More Weight, Less Light
Because body weights are so much higher than they were 50 years ago, many American women are concerned about their weight. Back then, most women were content with their bodies: There were few books about dieting and no weight-loss programs. Today even slender women are dissatisfied with their bodies; more than a quarter of those who weigh 110 to 114 pounds are trying to lose weight. A woman’s image of the ideal figure is not subject to the same evolutionary pressures as a man’s is; it’s much more influenced by the culture she lives in.
In the 19th century, women’s fashions seemed to reflect men’s preferences, albeit painfully. Fashionable women squeezed their waists with corsets and exaggerated their hips with bustles. In the 1920s, fashion designers like Coco Chanel sought to liberate women from such constraints and ushered in an era of simple unstructured, linear dresses. After World War II, curvier women were back in fashion, although sculpted with tailoring rather than artificial contrivances. Then the 1960s inaugurated a continuing glorification of thinness.
Today’s super-skinny fashion model is actually quite different from the women men find most attractive. At 70 inches she is taller than 99 percent of American women, and her weight of 115 pounds gives her a BMI of just 16.5, lower than that of most women in food-poor countries like Bangladesh. Two-thirds of fashion models have BMIs of less than 17, compared with just 6 percent of Playmates. While the fashion model’s waist is larger than a Playmate’s, her hip size is much smaller relative to her height, just 46 percent vs. 53 percent in Playmates.
Very tall women can afford to have relatively smaller hips (their height makes them look even smaller) because once hips are wide enough to accommodate babies fairly easily, there is little to gain from being larger. But the very narrow hips of a fashion model make her appear to be exceedingly slim—even slimmer than a typical slender teenage boy who has hips about 49 percent of his height. To look very thin, models have to be very tall in addition to having very low BMIs.
Fashion models also look skinnier because they are much less buxom than Playmates. Contrary to what you might expect, Playmates actually have smaller bust sizes than typical coeds, though they are large for their BMIs. But even though a fashion model is typically four inches taller than a Playmate, her average bust size is three inches smaller, and is just 46 percent of her height compared to the Playmate’s 54 percent. Having smaller busts and hips in relation to her height makes a fashion model much less curvy—Playmates are 36 percent more curvy than fashion models. No surprise that men aren’t lining up to look at the latest issue of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.
Nevertheless, super-thin women sit unchallenged atop fashion’s pedestal, although it’s not clear why current fashions idealize a super-skinny shape. Being very thin is certainly rarer today and attracts attention. In addition, clothing that hugs a curvy body is difficult and time-consuming to make—all those darts and tucks significantly add to the cost of making women’s clothes.
The separation of design from manufacturing operations in the fashion industry demands the patterning of clothing not by draping fabric on a figure but by sketching on paper, which not only consigns bodies to a flat two dimensions but is instantly faxable to distant factories. Untethered from real bodies, sketches are subject to distortion limited only by a designer’s imagination. There’s a higher profit margin in linear styles, although they look good only on an equally linear body.
If the fashion ascendance of super-thin women has not had a lasting impact on women’s body shape, it has certainly had a huge impact on women’s patterns of thinking: Women are much less satisfied with their own bodies after viewing images of the super-skinny models featured in women’s fashion magazines.
More significantly, this ascendence has skewed women’s perceptions of what men like. When asked to predict how men will rate women of different body shapes, women choose thinner figures than men do, figures more like fashion models than like Playmates. Here’s the kicker: The shapes that men actually choose are closer to those of the women making such predictions! In other words, women are usually more like men’s ideals than they realize, so that losing weight may not make them any more attractive to men.
Men’s minds are better than women’s at understanding women’s bodies, because there’s so much at stake for men. Not all men can win the woman of their dreams, but their dreams drive them to compete for women with more optimal body shapes. Winning them is their best guarantee of having children with good brains, likely to be more successful in all the activities required to sustain life—and to pass on their genes.
Better Living via Better Food
While all of us are genetically programmed to enjoy calorie-rich fat, we could never have the weight-promoting, omega-imbalanced fats we consume today without the industrial chemical processing of vegetable oils and the force-feeding of corn and grains to immobilized animals meant to graze on grass. Such fats are not as satisfying as the omega-3-rich fat we evolved to eat—fat from green plants, wild fish and seafood, and the meat, milk, and eggs of animals eating their natural diet of grass. Less satisfied, we eat more. Studies show that we are hungrier after a meal high in omega-6s than after one with more omega-3s.
Fortunately, we are free to change to a diet more like the one we had when most women were content with how they looked. It’s the diet most Europeans still have—with much more of the omega-3 fats that build good brains and healthy bodies, and much less of the weight-promoting omega-6 fats. We have tried fooling Mother Nature for at least 40 years; maybe it’s time to stop.
A Very Hip Head Start
The DHA-rich fat deposits that give women curvy hips and thighs are an almost irresistible nonverbal mating message to men. It not only makes a woman visually attractive to males, it also signals that she has plenty of brain-building fats to confer on progeny—nature’s own Head Start. And it indicates that such a woman is also likely intelligent, herself a beneficiary of those brain-buffing fatty acids.
But that’s only the start of the cognitive benefits of hip fat, insists Gordon Gallup, Jr., who believes that gluteofemoral fat boosts social intelligence in women. It makes them good at understanding the mental states of others. While a low waist-hip ratio accounts for 7 percent of the variance in general intelligence, in studies he conducted at the University of Albany (New York), where he is professor of psychology, he has found that it accounts for a sizable 20 percent of variance in social intelligence.
Skill in reading the minds of others, Gallup says, is a huge mating advantage for such women—and they definitely need one. Given their attributes, “they are particularly likely to be targeted by males for dating and sex.” In fact, studies by others show that women with a low waist-hip ratio lose their virginity sooner than other women and have more sex partners. But their social intelligence shields them from dishonest courtship; it enables them to dope out disingenuous claims of commitment.
The same social intelligence probably boosts their mothering ability too, Gallup hastens to add. “It makes women better able to respond to their children,” he says, although he has yet to put this hypothesis to a test. —Hara Estroff Marano
The narrow waist and the curvy hips and thighs of the average Playboy Playmate (center) exemplify the body shape that men the world over prefer—while women hope to look more like a fashion model (left) but increasingly embody the proportions at right.
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Curvy Girls Reveal: What I Love About My Body
If you think thin is in, think again. There’s a whole movement towards curvy-girl confidence and feeling great about the skin that you’re in. While the average size in America is a size 14, most brands and designer are still catering to the size zero set. Until now. Plus-size style blogger Gabi Fresh recently made headlines when she posted pics of herself in a bathing suit that she termed a ‘Fatkini’ and got an overwhelming response.
Meanwhile, Devoe Signature Events’ Fourth Annual Full Figured Fashion Week™ just wrapped up in New York City, and similar events are popping up around the country in places like New Jersey and LA. It’s a chance to highlight clothing styles and trends for fuller-figured women by brands such as Sonsi.com, BarePlus.com, and Playtex, as well as empower women with curves to love their bodies just the way they are.
We went to 10 women who work in the plus-size fashion industry and asked them ‘what they love about their bodies.’ Here’s what they had to say!
“I love my athletic yet curvy figure. I’m confident with who I am and prove you don’t have to be a size 2 to be a healthy woman. If you work at it, you can have a rockin’ bod at any size!” -Jennifer Myers, 26, plus-size model
“I love my hour glass figure because it perfectly fills out the vintage style clothing I love to wear. Thanks to my curves, I can dress like Marilyn Monroe every day.” -SallyAnn Thibedeau, 29, opera singer and model
“I have learned to embrace my body and shape through my years. I love my curves and shape, but most of all, I love my legs! I like the tone and shape of my thighs!” -Marie Denee, 30, The Curvy Fashionista
“What I love most about my body are my legs. As a New Yorker, I LOVE to walk the city streets. Sometimes I walk for hours and my shapely legs are the product of my hobby.” -Christina Mendez, 33, plus-size model
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“I would say that I love everything about , and I make sure to keep a healthy lifestyle to maintain it like it is since I’m a true believer that heath is wealth.” -Sarah aka DoubleXL, 26, blogger, QueenSizedFlava.com
“I love my body. I’m happy, healthy and my sexy curves make me feel like a woman!” -Chandler Jade, 22, Curvy Kate lingerie model and finalist in Star in a Bra Contest
“My size does not define my worth. I have built a career around my passion, which is embracing my own unique beauty and healthy size 14 plus-size body.” -Danielle Line, 34, plus-size model
“It is rare to find realistic representations of women in the media, especially those of curvier proportions and those of color . I spread the news that shame is out for those who are curvy and well endowed, it is time to feel sexy and embrace our beauty!” -Krista Cousins, 24, Curvy Kate lingerie model and finalist in Star in a Bra Contest
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“I love how my curves fill out my suits in the courtroom as well as my bathing suit on the beach!” -Dee Dee Johnson, “30 something,” model and private detective
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The debate of what constitutes a full-figured versus curvy woman is a never-ending battle of opinions, fashion trends and what’s new in Hollywood. With what’s in and out constantly changing, the difference between a full-figured woman and one who is curvy is less about measurements and more about how healthy you look and feel. With just a few tips, you can understand which body type you are and learn how to dress it fabulously.
The Full-Figured Definition
The definition of what constitutes a full-figured woman varies, depending on who you speak to. In the fashion world, a full-figured woman is one that wears a size 12 or above. Her exact figure is usually voluptuous with an overall rounded frame. She has thick hips, a rounded backside, large breasts and a non-narrow waistline. Full-figured does not automatically constitute overweight, a common misconception — as many full-figured women are healthy, robust, active and conscious of balanced eating.
Dress Tips for Full-Figured Women
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Full-figured women can wear just about anything, but some specific choices are recommended to create the perfect look for the shape. One recommended choice is jersey fabric. Jersey fabric is a soft, stretchy material that highlights the body parts best flaunted on full-figured women and hides others. Jersey can be wrapped, twisted and gathered to create a variety of looks for day or night. Other recommended looks are those structured and close to the body, like tailored pieces, fitted tops and wrap dresses. These looks will skim the body, define the waist and avoid adding bulk.
The Curvy Definition
Like the definition of a full-figured women, the definition of a curvy one varies as well. Most often, a curvy woman is said to have an hourglass figure. An hourglass figure is commonly defined as a woman with wider hips, thighs and bust compared to her narrow waist. Like full-figured women, women who are curvy are often healthy, robust, active and their physique is often desired to attain.
Dress Tips for Curvy Women
Like full-figured women, curvy women can wear just about anything. However, “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine suggests some specific dressing tips to maximize curves and minimize bulk. For curvy women, it’s all about emphasizing the waist to enhance the overall hourglass figure. In addition, form-fitting dresses and skirts that cut diagonally or on the bias are also a good choice. This is because diagonally cut or on the bias hug the waist and hips. Curvy women typically want to downplay their lower half. To accomplish this, it is recommended to wear clothing loose over thighs and calves.
5 Full-Figured Women Who Are Changing People’s Views on Being a Plus Size
When you’ve always belonged to the plus size category, you’ll know how hard it is to get by every single day of your life. Yes, ladies, the struggle is real for a lot of full-figured people, especially women who have always been made to believe that the only criteria for being beautiful are those that you see on TV and magazines. This is the very reason that a lot of plus size ladies didn’t have the confidence to wear the clothes that they actually want and settle for frumpy outfits that are not only unflattering but also hideous. Well, that and the fact that there’s not a lot of clothing lines that sell trendy clothes in bigger sizes.
Nowadays, there is a handful of brands that carry plus size clothing that are not only stylish but also incredibly flattering. But what good would these companies be if there’s no one to encourage other plus size people to wear their clothes? Thankfully, there are now several women who are defying the norms and taking the fashion world by storm through their unwavering confidence and positivity. These women have become a huge inspiration to others, helping them embrace their curves, cellulites and all. More importantly, these women have become role models showing other women how to rock their fuller figures with confidence.
Take inspiration from these beautiful, strong and powerful women who are changing how the world views plus size people one day at a time.
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Ms. Graham is best known for being a body positive activist. She has defied norms and has since made it hard for anyone to define what “typical” means through what she has been teaching a lot of women – to love yourself no matter the shape or size you have. She says that “There are so many adjectives that you could describe my body, but the one I love is curvy.”
Ashley Graham is not only a model but also a designer. She has her own lingerie line, which will be launched at the New York Fashion Week, which is happening this month. With this event, she is hoping to change how people see curvy women. But most of all, she is hoping to encourage more women to love the skin they’re in.
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Tess Holliday has one of the most beautiful faces in the fashion industry nowadays. But aside from having such a pretty face, her message of body positivity is what makes her one of the most sought-after curvy models today. One of Tess’ advocacies is to stop body shaming, which is one of the most talked about topics around the world today affecting people of all ages. She started the body positivity campaign #EffYourBeautyStandards to unite women of all shapes and sizes, making them feel that there is no one standard of beauty.
Another evidence that proves Holliday is changing the fashion world is the fact that she is the first ever model of her size to be signed with a major modelling agency.
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Whitney Thompson was the first ever plus-size model to win America’s Next Top Model – a fact that she is clearly ignoring the world’s conventional views on beauty. Aside from having walked the runway for major clothing brands, she has also been appointed as the official ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Since then, she has inspired thousands of people who are suffering from eating disorders to be more accepting of their physical appearance no matter the shape or size. Thompson has also started a niche dating site that caters mainly for singles who are on the heavier side.
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Amanda Bingson is a USA Track & Field hammer thrower who rose to fame when she was seen nude on the cover of ESPN 2015 Body Issue. Bingson is 5’5” and weighs 210 pounds, which is why she earned the ire of so many people who criticized the publication for including her in that issue. Although she is not your typical athlete with washboard abs and super toned muscles, Amanda is still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to body acceptance. She said, “Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don’t have any of that. My arm is just my arm — it’s not cut, it’s not sculpted. I don’t have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don’t have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren’t bulging out. I’m just dense. I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes.” Bingson is showing everyone that you don’t have to be in a particular shape or size to be a successful athlete.
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This young body-positive advocate is a plus-size fashion blogger that continues to inspire thousands of women into being proud of their bodies. In fact, she is a huge promoter of body acceptance, talking about it on her blog. She started the hashtag #fatkini promoting positive representations of women of all sizes in glam two-piece swimsuits.
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Being a full-figured or curvy woman shouldn’t stop you from making the most of life, be it pursuing your dream job or buying that form-fitting dress you’ve always wanted to wear. Just like these gorgeous and confident women, you too can rock any clothes you want. Forget about what society has to say about what you should and should not wear. Dress for yourself. More importantly, dress in any way you want if that’s what makes you happy.