How to Look Like a 1950s Hour Glass Shaped Model–the 1950s Diet

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How to Look Like a 1950s Hour Glass Shaped Model–the 1950s Diet.


If you look at photos of women from the 1950s you will note that they are almost all thin. Very thin. But not quite as thin as they got to be in the 1960s. The fashion models of that time had waist sizes of 24 inches or less.  This post, How to Look Like a 1950s Hour Glass Shaped Model–the 1950s Diet, is about the how and why of that.

Hourglass figure 1950s diet

Prior to the 1950s there was only one other era when women were so thin–the 1920s. Why the changes in preferences? What happens to make that happen? Read on. You may be surprised.

Hourglass figure 1950s diet 3 Camille Clifford, early 1900’s

Look at Camille above. She was the standard of beauty in the early 1900’s. Busty, curvy, and very womanly. She is very much the shape that was popular until the 1920’s where a more slender and boyish figure became the rage. This continued on til the 30’s.

Hourglass figure 1950s diet 4

And then went back to a more Marilyn Monroe type figure in the 50s when women enjoyed being more of an hour-glass figure again. Check out this ad from that generation:

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Look at what it says.  Men preferred more shapely women.


Now look at Twiggy from the 1960s.  Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 11.56.38 AM
er BMI was 15. That’s smaller than the notoriously anorexic-looking Kate Moss (1990’s model). She has almost no showing of breast or hips at all.  So what happened?

Most women blame this shift on the preferences of men, but as it turns out, the trends toward less curvy figures seem to be highest in the 1920’s, 1960s and then again in the 1990’s and beyond.  Those also happen to be the years where women broke into and fought fiercely for more independence.

Say what?!?!? Say that again?

…”the trends toward less curvy figures seem to be highest in the 1920’s, 1960s and then again in the 1990’s and beyond.  Those also happen to be the years where women broke into and fought fiercely for more independence.”

Women won the ability to vote in the 1920’s.  We were introduced to oral birth control and the very beginnings of feminism in the 1960s, and if you will recall, the 1990’s was the age where women wore men’s suits and promised to fight men off of the corporate ladder. Remember those suits?  Good grief.

So as difficult as this is to swallow, studies show that it was likely the women who brought on these trends of extreme thinness.  Perhaps in an attempt to look less like reproduction machines?  (MIND BLOWN!)  That’s right, ladies.


We did it to our selves.


Then Hollywood grabbed a hold of it, and the rest is history.   But all along, men have insisted that they like curves.  So what are we doing?

I wanted to bring this up before I get into the diet portion of this post to remind women that standards of beauty change.   There is no correct body shape.  There is no wrong body shape.  In fact, as I type this, the trend in the USA and all around the world is jussssst starting to lean back toward a more curvaceous female.  (Thankfully.)    I remember having a waist size of 24 in 7th grade, before I hit puberty.  I haven’t seen it since and likely won’t unless I have some ribs removed.  So there’s hope for me yet!

Let me also take this opportunity to point out that the articles you see that say that women were thinner in the 50s because there was no processed foods back then are mistaken.   Processed foods have been around since the 1860’s.   By 1950 we had Crisco, Girl Scout Cookies, animal crackers, Eggo Frozen Waffles, Hershey bars, Dr. Pepper, Oreo Cookies, Wonder Bread, milk shakes, banana splits, and convenience dinners, just to name a few.    We also had Taco Bell, Jack-in-The-Box, and Denny’s.   Cooking was not as “hands-on” as you think.   So what was the difference?   Mostly portion size, but you already knew that.  So what else?  Why were they so thin?  How did they do that?

The truth is that in order to obtain and maintain those rail-thin figures of the 50’s-60’s, women frequently had to smoke many cigarettes and rely on large quantities of amphetamines.  And this was all in addition to the enormous amount of walking that came with that era.  They were thin, yes.  Healthy, not necessarily.

In my next post, I am going to introduce a great Modern Day 50s Housewife diet plan that can give you your absolute best, healthiest body ever without spending a ton of money on special foods, pills, potions, or gym memberships.  It’s the same one that brought me from this:

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Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 12.51.32 PM in 3 months.  (Yes I continued to lose some after this too!)

What I’m going to introduce is The Modern Day 50s Housewife Diet.   It’s “Modern Day” because we know better what to eat now than they did then, and we can do better.  It will also bring you to whatever is your best for you and your body type.  And you will never be hungry–ever.

It’s 1950s because we need to reduce our portion size of some things and increase portions of others and walk more–just like back then.

For some it’ll be the magic bullet.   For others, it’ll be what you already know but don’t wish to follow.  Either way, it’ll be there.  I hope I can help you finally make peace with your thighs.   I’ll be making peace with my own again as I am back on my lifetime program after going through some life challenges that made me lose my way.   It feels so good to be back.  Care to join me?

See Part 2 here.

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  1. Back in the 50’s and 60’s the women were certainly much more nicer a lot easier to meet to have a relationship with, and today most women are Not very faithful at all.

        • I know this sounds silly, but have you tried ? I only ask because I personally know 4 couples who found each other there, within a month, and are happily married or engaged to be married. I also know one other woman who is having a ball dating through that site. (Please note! I am not affiliated with in any way, and I’ve never used their services! I am only relaying observations from afar.)

  2. I never took amphetamines in my life and in the 70s and 80s I was between 95-105 lbs, I was very active walked all over Manhattan for exercise to my office job! I also ate lots of salad and tuna fish for lunch….

  3. Most women back then were the Best of all. Had good manors, a much better personality, very polite to have a normal conversation with, and a lot Easier to meet too. Today, what a Change. The 50’s and 60’s back then were the Best of times for finding Real Love.

    • Yes, I’m sure when you were young, it was much easier to meet women than now that you’re in your 70s.

      If I misread that, and you’re not in your 70s, then you really don’t know what women were like back then. Stop basing your assumptions on romantisized tv shows from that time. Expecting women from that time to be like their tv and Hollywood counterparts would be like me expecting my romantic life to look like Twilight and Sandra Bullock movies. This is simply not realistic.

  4. I think that what should be noted from reading all these comments is that marriage was a more honored institution back then, as was the family and having children. We had a better understanding of the need for family for the most part, and divorce was not socially acceptable in the 50s. Women and others hage done damage to the intended roles plus we no longer encourage marriage at a young age over cohabitation and finding yourself or your career instead.

    • CFT in the ,50’s we had a social life every Friday and Saturday night went dancing and dinner clubs dressed beautifully both men &women ate 3meals a day. Now no more dinning & dancing. Young people don’t know how to dance they Need lesson for the first wedding’ dance. More dancing more lost of weight. I feel sorry for u all Jean!

  5. Please remember this: Women wore foundation garments back then. What are “foundation garments?” Girdles and underwire very “forming” and often, padded bras. Women, today, would be horrified to wear a girdle, yet they wear “Spanx” all the time. The thing is, “Spanx” are not nearly as good at holding one in as the girdles of yesteryear.
    Not only that, but these models from the fifties and sixties are no different than models from any other time. They are NOT showing the true face of the culture.
    Remember, even girdles, underwire, forming, padded bras can only go so far.

  6. Most women in the old days were very old fashioned and real ladies which made love very easy to find for the men in those days that were really looking for it, and most of the time both men and women were very committed to one another as well which is why most marriages did survive at that time. Today unfortunately most women just don’t want a relationship at all anymore since they just like to party and get totally wasted with their girlfriends since they just like sleeping around instead of settling down with only one man. So it is the women of today that are quite different from the old days which really certainly explains why so many of us good men are still single today when we never should’ve never been in the first place. I am one of many men that thought i was going to meet the right good woman someday and get married and have a family which i know friends that are having it very difficult as well meeting a good woman to settle down with too. Born at the very wrong time unfortunately for many of us men that are still single today as i speak.

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