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Are Curvy Women Really Back In Fashion?

Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages, and traveling.

Confident Welsh singer Charlotte Church

 Charlotte Church Live in Virgin, London, England - July 13th 2005

Charlotte Church Live in Virgin, London, England - July 13th 2005

Are Curvy Women Back In Fashion?

After years of on-and-off dieting to try to keep to fashion standards, it looks like finally I can be happy with my rounded body. Finally, I do not need to make excuses and I can eat my cheese without feeling guilty afterwards.

Much to my happiness, I see that the past few years have seen a change in fashion models. At last the Skinny model is being seen as hazardous and unhealthy. And rounder curvy types are making a comeback all over the place.

Who is Considered a Curvy Woman?

In the fashion world, someone who wears a size 14 or higher is considered curvy. The average size for a woman nowadays is a size 12 to 14. That is a bust of 90 to 95 cm, 75cm waist and 100cm. hips.

More than 5,000 people who voted for the top 100 best celebrity bodies choose the more curvaceous girls at the top of the list.

Thankfully, it seems that lately there is a tendency to try to convince us that curvy women are back in fashion. We see magazine cover pages with photos of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Salma Hayek or Jennifer Lopez proudly showing their generous curves. Curvy women such as Shakira, Beyoncé and Diam's, are becoming more and more the new fashion icons. More than 5,000 people who voted for the top 100 best celebrity bodies choose the more curvaceous girls at the top of the list. Jennifer Lopez, famed for her ample bottom, came top Maybe, finally we are accepting that men find curvy women more attractive.

More and more women are showing proudly their figures rather than starving themselves to fit in a size 8 or 6. Big boobs and ample hips are no longer a shame. Latin women, however, have always been aware of this. And if nature did not give us enough we could always find multiple solutions such as the famous Wonderbra, padded panties or for the more affluent fat injections or even implants!

A Research Suggests that Curvy Women Are More Intelligent Than slim Women

To top it off, last week the BBC published research, by scientists at the Universities of Pittsburgh and California, suggesting that curvy women are cleverer. So on top of being sexy we can say that we are more intelligent than the skinny girls. Fantastic!

The American researchers used data from a study of 16,000 women, collecting details of their body measurements and their scores in cognitive tests, they found that those women with a greater difference between the waist and hips, scored significantly higher on the intelligence tests, and so did their children. This suggests that women with an hourglass figure are brighter and have cleverer children, too. This could be explained as a result of higher levels of omega3 fatty acids on the hips. In this area, the fat is likely to be full of Omega-3, which could improve the woman's own mental abilities as well as those of her child during pregnancy as the omega3 fatty acids are essential for the growth of the brain during pregnancy.

Previously, a number of scientific studies showed that men are "hard-wired" to find women with a greater waist-hip differential the most attractive. No one has yet been able to explain this, although theories include enhanced fertility, better childbearing abilities and longer life expectancy.

So, as it comes maybe this Christmas we will stop worrying about those extra chocolates finding their permanent home in our hips. Let's thank Jennifer Lopez almost as famous for her latino curves as her starring roles for making the fuller bottom a must have fashion accessory! After all who doesn't want a clever and sexy girl by their side?

Curvy Catherine Zeta-Jones And Dita Von Teese

 Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Dita Von Teese Heart Truth

Dita Von Teese Heart Truth

Could Curvier Women Be More Intelligent Than Their Skinnier Peers?

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Santa Barbara got the answer: YES because the fat surrounding fuller hips and thighs, holds higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which foster brain growth which also might lead to producing more intelligent offspring. So it looks like the bigger the difference between a woman's waist and hips the better.

Beyonce Performing In Montreal

An interview with Size 16 Miss UK Finalist: Chloe Marhall

More resources for curvy girls:

  • Curvy or fat ?
    Real women have breasts and hips, and round bottoms. And if you do not have them, you do anything from exercises to plastic surgery to have some...It's not natural to have models who resemble hangers just to please untalented designers...
  • Tips for buying Swimwear for curvy girls
    The most important thing when choosing your swimwear should be to feel comfortable in it. Stop worrying about your shape while you are at the beach or swimming pool. Look for styles that suit your figure, not just whatever is fashionable.
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© 2007 Wendy Iturrizaga


andy on January 30, 2016:

Hi Princessa, love the hub and to answer your question they never went out of fashion and never will i love curvy ladies from top to toe every beautiful inche every stunning sexy curvy but a healthy weight is very important as long as your healthy its ok and it's not about size its confidence a parson just needs confidence and i know for some people including myself that's easier said than done and remember in the end everyone deserves to be loved

ThoughtsWriter from America on October 11, 2014:

Heck yeah they are! And for good reason!

butch on October 10, 2012:

i love curvy woman

butch on October 07, 2012:

i lovr curvy women u women are beautiful and sexy not like boney women rock those curves

Sue on February 14, 2012:

I too think we could spend less time worrying about our body types.

Megan on January 29, 2012:

i hate my curves therfore i don't really like the curvey type gals sorry i just don't. i wish to be so slim and slender like Jennifer Love Hewit and Megan Fox all the super slim girls i totally worship. i just wish i could look more like them and less like the curvey ones!

Not convinced on November 22, 2011:

So long as a woman's worth is based primarilly on her looks, women will be as insecure and self-loathing as ever.

Chris L on October 12, 2011:

Curvy women have always been in style, super slim just got better marketing (e.g. magazines and hollywood). A thick woman like Kim K just drives me crazy! haha

R on August 25, 2011:

I'm going through the articles on this site and it seems as if there is a distorted view of "curvy". A size 14 is not curvy it's borderline plus size/big. Also your stats on "curvy" Hollywood stars are off. Make no mistake, yes they have an hourglass or pear Shape but they are still very small women.

And who the eff starves themselves into a size 8???? I always read the average size of women is a size 14 but where I live most people seem to be a 6 or an 8.

Curvy Gurl on February 01, 2011:

Love this! Cheers to all the wonderful men who love a curvy woman. For years I was ashamed of my "little extra" but now I'm proud of my curves!! I have a healthy weight, and work out at the gym regularly, but nothing hides those curves! (and that's a good thing) ;-)

Genderless on January 16, 2011:

I'm kind of disappointed by this article. I honestly hope that the society is totally mad when it comes to weight and dieting but I don't think it's such a great idea (nor is it really intelligent) to keep bashing girls with a boyish figure or those who are slim, even indirectly, by claiming what science "proves".

Remember that intelligence is usually "measured" through an IQ number or the studies you've done. It does not mean one is truly more intelligent than someone else, we have to know the statistics AND the facts to be a bit crictical about them.

By the way, it's quite unfornate but no one ever reminds people that one can be fat and have no curve while skinny girls can have a nice tiny waist and round hips.

My friend who is a size 34 (EUR) has small breasts, she is thin but healthy, has a round behind, a tiny little waist and shapely hips and thighs. I have another friend who is a size 32 (EUR) who wears a 32D bra and has an hourglass figure.

On the other hand, I have a boyish figure at a size 38 (EUR) and only had an hourglass figure (but with a big belly, somehow my waist was still "small" from behind mostly) with a size 42, I am mostly flat chested for my build, have no hips and no butt.

Everyone is different and it would be great to embrace our differences instead of fighting.

Esther on January 03, 2011:

I'm really happy I cam across this article while searching for tips about how to look slimmer. I'm a really curvy woman, not fat, but very very curvy and sometimes I feel so bad about it. This articles made me feel better.

Maybe it's true we're cleverer. I always get good marks and I'm intelligent.

C ya

lol32=) on November 16, 2010:

I can't help being skinny and I have a lot of muscle and I eat right. It's just genetic. I don't think it should matter what kind of boday you have at all. You shouldn't be judged be your body at all!

Sandy on May 23, 2010:

It's sad that women's bodies are treated as cultural artifacts - what's "in" today will be "out" tomorrow, but the poor women still have those same bodies, regardless of whether or not their body type is "popular."

Health should be far more important than "hotness."

This topic seems like a throwback to the fifties' backlash against the women's rights movement.

a.d. on March 04, 2010:

love a curvey girl.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on February 12, 2010:

yenajeon: I think we can all be beautiful regardless of our shape. Attitude counts more than looks. When a woman: thin, fat or curvy is confident and happy with herself she projects beauty. Thanks for your comment.

Yena Williams from California on February 11, 2010:

Hi Princess! Loved this hub as I am in love with Salma Hayek =)

I think thinner women can be beautiful too, as long as they look fed! I don't have curves anywhere on my body except my boobs!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on February 06, 2010:

lee: I am already a fan of the LIM jeans, I even wrote a hub about them they are absolutely fantastic!

I've lost weigth lately so I should really be getting a few new pairs now :)

lee on February 05, 2010:

I would like to take a moment to introduce you to a great new women’s premium denim line. Now the jeans aren't for everyone, the jeans focus on a group that does not get a lot of attention. The Curvy shaped females. The jeans are absolutely fabulous for curvy shaped women of all sizes. The brand is Little in the Middle. The thing that makes the brand stand out is that it is sized one size smaller in the waist than in the hips, so it eliminates that awful gap in the back of your jeans that let your rear end hang out while offering a great fit.

Just a mention to the curvy shape lady’s that someone is thinking of them.

simo_si on January 23, 2010:

very nice hub..:)

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 14, 2009:

Lee: Thanks for the link, I loved the site and the jeans just fit like a glove, have a look:

Hi Tom: yes, curves are winners ;-)

Tom Cornett from Ohio on December 14, 2009:

Curves.....the reason men have always looked at women. I would rather see 36-26-38 in a feed sack than 30-28-30 in a ten thousand dollar designer dress. Curves are sexy! :)

lee on November 24, 2009:

would like to take a moment to introduce you to a great new womens premium denim line. Now the jeans aren't for everyone, the jeans focus on a group that does not get alot of attention. The Curvy shaped females. The jeans are absolutely fabulous for curvy shaped women of all sizes. The brand is Little in the Middle. The thing that makes the brand stand out is that it is sized one size smaller in the waist than in the hips, so it eliminates that awful gap in the back of your jeans that let your rear end hang out while offering a great fit. Just a mention to the curvy shape ladys that someone is thinking of them.


GirlsLeggings on September 03, 2009:

Excellent hub and well researched, being fitter should be a the most important factor in everybody's life I totally agree


jim10 from ma on July 09, 2009:

Princessa I totally agree and have no idea why skinny girls ended up on the magazines and runways. Pardon me while I quote Sir Mix-A-Lot

" My anaconda don't want none Unless you've got buns, hun"

It is nice to know that girls are getting better role models today.

Lexie@Sexy Lingerie on May 11, 2009:

While I am a size 14 with full hips and breasts I am afraid the size acceptance really stops at those few size 12's and 14's that are really on the small size. Size acceptance needs to get to real size 14's, 16's, 18's and above. The women you picture are indeed healthy and sexy but not necessarily an indication that plus size women have arrived as they should.

deccasandy from Belmont on March 05, 2009:

I believe that a curvy body type is just an other body type. Thus what is frustratinf for me is that when we happen to consider it a body type by default. Of course being healthier and fitter should be a priority in everyone's life but that should not be an obsession. I have always assumed a bit of flesh on bones sexier than only skin wrapped around skeletons.

Caym on February 26, 2009:

.....It might just be left over from where I was raised but to me the women you pictured are still twigs ....and twigs kind of gross me out .....I dont know ....I geuss im into the "child bearing hips"....

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 23, 2008:

Arian: Yes, to be within a healthy weight is very important. A healthy diet should be something to aim for not just for women but for the whole family.

Merry Christmas!

Arian Won from Sunny Florida on December 23, 2008:

Hi Princessa, great hub! I think as woman, the most important thing is to be healthy. There is a healthy weight and there is an unhealthy weight. As far as the media telling us how we should look, I think it's more important that we tell ourselves how we should feel.

I like to eat healthy and go to the gym. Not too much junk and fat and a few glasses of wine. So no matter how much I weigh I know at least my heart is in good shape =)

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 23, 2008:

danieltetreault: Voluptuous is beautiful... Yes! RGraf: It is such a shame that busty woman get embarrassed of their shape, instead of being proud of their curves. Most women do not realize how beautiful they are until they have spent years dieting and trying to hide their real shape. Only when women come to terms with their shapes they become proud of the way they look. Thanks for stopping to comment :-)

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 23, 2008:

Yeah! When I was much thinner and healthier, I was still big busted. I was always so embarrassed and tried to minimize it because of the perception that you were still fat with a larger chest. It makes me so angry to see how much the media puts pressure on young ones to have to fit a certain look. Yes, I need to lose weight for my health, but I do NOT have to be Twiggy. Thank goodness people are beginning to realize this.

Great piece.

Daniel Tetreault from Nanaimo, British Columbia ("BC") - Canada on November 27, 2008:

Princessa:I have always loved voluptuous women. They are fantastic!


Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on October 30, 2008:

Marisa: Omega-3 can work wonders for women's health, figure and intelectual capacities... great isn't it?. No more feeling guilty about generous hips!

kerryg: you are right, sometimes we go to the extent of seeing flaws where they do not exist! It is important to learn to love your body regardless of its shape. Thanks for your comment.

kerryg from USA on October 28, 2008:

I wish society would make it easier for women to love their own bodies no matter how curvy or how skinny. We're all beautiful in our own way, but it's so easy to forget that and concentrate on the flaws.

Actually, make that "flaws," since most of them really aren't.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 28, 2008:

My husband always says that if my legs were a foot longer, I'd be the perfect size....

Glad to hear I'm not just curvy, I'm also smart!

L Izett from The Great Northwest on October 26, 2008:

I also agree with "Dee" pertaining to body types and not many women have natural curves, but there is butt and boob enhancements (cosmetic surgery) and I had a naturally skinny friend gain some curves through lifting weights- maybe better than pills or surgery.


izettl on October 26, 2008:

Great hub. THanks for reassuring those of us with curves. I feel fortunate because I have curves and am 6 feet tall, but the expectations when i was growing up sucked because everybody thought if I was so tall I should look like the stick thin tall models. I lifted weights a lot do I could get even more curves- I think if you're healthy and not obese, curves should be encouraged.


starrkissed from Arizona on September 11, 2008:

So glad this is up! There's nothing wrong with curves and people need to realize this.

Dee on February 23, 2008:

While I think it's great that women are being encouraged to embrace their curvy figures, I don't think it's fair to say "real women are curvy" and skinny is for little girls. It depends on your natural body type. Some women are really skinny despite having a healthy appetite. And some women's bone structures don't give them much in the way of curvy hips and other parts. Just as it's unhealthy for people to starve themselves to be skinny, we don't want naturally skinny people to resort to unhealthy eating habits and "chicken pills" (I kid you not, in some places skinny women take pills meant to plumpen chickens so they can get curves). No body type is better than the other. We should all just work with our natural body types; that's the healthiest option. If you work against it, you generally end up looking bad. Skinny women who eat to get big just end up fat and sloppy and unhealthy, while curvy women who starve themselves look sick and unhealthy. Why the constant need for people to praise one body type at the expense of those who don't fit that image? And I mean that for both the "thin is in" and "Curvy is in" mentalities.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on February 19, 2008:

Emmabalmer: good for you! shake those hips in celebration of womanhood :-)

Enam: thanks for supporting curvy girls... but I doubt that you will get a date from here, good luck anyway!

Enam on February 16, 2008:

Thanks Princessa for agreeing with me. Really really a little curvy are so appealing,igniting and enjoyable. I invited the curvy-sexy girls or women to e-mail me in the last comment. Unfortunately none did so ! Still, I hope some one will be my sweet friend and welcome me !


emmabalmer on February 11, 2008:

Hooray curves!!! I certainly consider my hips to be an asset :)

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on January 07, 2008:

Surely enamfs curvy girls are much more igniting!

enamfs from Lake side. on December 29, 2007:

Who is sexy and attractive? .........I watch very mindfully each and every women around me ! But, believe me I always feel helplessly attracted towards the curvy women or girls than the skinny. In fact for hugging, fondling, and sweet-fiery sex, curvy women or girls are much more igniting ! But, of course curve doesn't mean too fat ! A little curve is so beautiful, trust me ! Skinny women or girls are like plastic dolls !!

So, sexy-curvy pls. email me !............Ha...............ha....ha!!!



Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 29, 2007:

Hi Moneyguy, thanks for supporting the "curvy ladies", I always liked 50s glamour, curvy sensual women. Hate the 80s fashion and the 90s anorexic bodies. Hope that curvy girls REALLY make a come back into fashionable land. After all... woman have curves it is unnatural to try to get rid of them!

Good for you djtphn1, join the club! Skinny is for little girls, not for real women... ;-)

djtphn1 from Riverside County, California on December 29, 2007:

Yes, give me curvaceous, sexy, voluptuous curves, I have them, I always have and I always will........I have never been skinny, well, maybe when I was twelve, and I never liked a skinny guy so there you have it......thanks guys for supporting our voluptuous bods!!!!!

TheMoneyGuy from Pyote, TX on December 28, 2007:

Give me Curves!!! Skinny women look like there is something unhealthy about them. It is weird 35 years of women and media trying to tell me something different, but it never stuck I always have liked my curvy girls and I always will.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 18, 2007:

You are welcome dafla. After all, that is the point isn't it? just too feel better the way you are.

dafla on December 17, 2007:

I was very thin for a number of years, and I found that the men I attracted were just stupid, stupid, stupid! Now I'm older, and curvier, and more men are attracted to my mind, not just my size 8 butt. I had thought I wanted to lose at least back to a size 10, but I'm thinking now I'll just tone up my size 12 and be happy with my nice curves.

Of course, I never did have a flat chest, so that helped a lot, even when I was skinny.

Thanks for making me feel better about myself!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 13, 2007:

Good point Mark!

Mark Knowles on December 12, 2007:

Curvy women never went out of fashion as far as I'm concerned.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 26, 2007:

I am glad you boys agree with this. So who told us that stick thin was beautiful? How did we get sooo wrong for so long?

Hoodala from Mesa on November 25, 2007:

Well of course I had to give some input here. Stick figure girls will hopefully go the way of the dinosaur. Give me a girl with some curves and something to hold onto.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 24, 2007:

Well said! Great HUB!

regards Zsuzsy

Eric Patnoe from The Prairies of South Western MN, USA on November 24, 2007:

I'm glad you wrote this. I certainly prefer a full figured woman over one of those needle thin pukers.

wajay_47 on November 24, 2007:

Princessa, nice hub. I have to agree with Chuck, the anorexic look never did a thing for me, either.  And it is interesting to learn that the women I was always interested in have higher intellects. I know they always looked better. Thanks.

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on November 24, 2007:

I loved your pictures. Frankly, I have always been turned off by the Twiggy (circa 1960s) typed and have always preferred the curvey types. I always found those types to be more interesting to be with and now I know this was not just coincidence. Thanks to your Hub I now know that brains and curves go together. Thanks for the great hub.

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