From Voluptuous Woman to Porky Butterball: The Rise and Fall of the Voluptuous Woman Ideal

Julie Dinh


This paper examines the rise and fall of voluptuousness as a beauty ideal in mid- nineteenth century America. It argues that the rise and fall of the fuller figured woman can be traced to shifting economic, social, and medical beliefs that in turn, affected perceptions about fatness‟ relationship to class, morality, health, and beauty.

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