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While certain movements have committed to promoting healthier body types for women in the media, most of what we still see on the silver screen, the red carpet, and the runways suggests that (and encourages) society’s view of the “perfect woman” is something of a long-legged, rail-thin creature with the kinds of body measurements that only pre-teen girls could possess. But recent findings of a vintage article show what was considered Hollywood’s best figure back in 1931, and you may be shocked at the results.
You may not have heard of her, but back in the day, the late Dolores Del Rio was a stunning Mexican movie star who, with her “warmly curved” silhouette, was considered to have the “best figure in Hollywood” in the 1931 issue of Photoplay. The publication, which ceased in 1980, was the premier film fan magazine of Hollywood from 1911 through the ‘50s. In 1931, it selected 21 women to scrutinize down to their glove and shoe sizes to determine which one had the most ideal body. Ultimately, the 26-year-old Del Rio, who at 5’4 ½ weighed 120 pounds, beat out the likes of well-loved women like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford due to her “roundly turned” figure.
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