Curvier Women: Trend of the Times?

A. Foley on 29 Aug 2012 at 9:00am


According to a recent study, ultra thin may no longer be in - guys experiencing higher anxiety are more likely to be attracted to fleshier women. Considering the recent surge in enhancements and shapely contouring, could the current surgical trends be linked to evolutionary instincts?

The study, orchestrated by the University of Westminster in London, examined straight British  men (aged 18 to 42) who were divided into two groups. One was given a series of stressful activities while the other was not. Afterwards, both groups were shown photographs of women and asked to rate how physically attractive they found them to be. Overall, the men who were more stressed found women with larger body types to be prettier than their unstressed peers. 

The findings align with long-standing evolutionary theories of how humans define attraction in the opposite sex – physical traits that project good health and fertility equate to increased perception of beauty. Take into account the recent rise in popularity of Brazilian Butt Lifts, with a 93% Worth It Rating, and we can’t help but draw the correlation.

Of course, even with a surge in these procedures, BBLs are not as popular as the U.S.’s #1 surgery last year, Liposuction. So while more women are still reducing the size of their figures than adding to them, it’s definitely a trend worth keeping an eye on. 


Do you think there's a link between hard times and curvier trends? And if so, do you think it will last? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


photo credit: monkey business

Comments (4)

I find a few things faulty about this research and drawn correlation. First, what if the men who were given stressful activities would have found the curvier women attractive even under low levels of stress. It would have made sense to conduct a two part research, one prior to increased levels of stress and one after.

2nd, Brazilian Butt Lift has always a popular procedure amongst Hispanic and African American women, with the introduction of realself, it just made information about the procedure more available to the masses as well as the fact that more doctors are performing the procedure now than before and at different price ranges. It used to be that to get this done you would either have to go out of the country or pay hefty fees for a good doctor and most women weren't ok with either. Now you have more options of good doctor and at prices comparable to what you would pay out of the country.

Also with the rise of stars like Kim Kardashian, even Caucasian women are now looking for Brazilian Butt Lifts.

So am sorry, your correlations flat out fail!!
Also wanted to add: Brazilian Butt Lifts have been popular amongst black and hispanic women because big hips, big booty and flat tummy is what is considered beautiful in our culture. Our men love curves and always have; and women who possess these attributes in our cultures are seen as more beautiful and given more attention so it makes sense that we want these attributes.
the girls in the pic don't look curvy too me...
the curvy would be the body type like Candice Swanepoel with her butt...
My thoughts exactly. I wouldn't get a Brazilian Butt Lift to look like any of those women, in fact all of them look like Pre op pics sorry. I'm thinking Serena Williams or JLO with a flat tummy, round hips and nice plump booty. That's the definition of curves where I come from.