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