“The women are all bigger and well rounded.”
I was showing a group of teens through the Picasso exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. After the students had spent some time examining a group of prints by Picasso I asked them what they had noticed. One girl said, “The women in Picasso’s art works are often bigger and well rounded. Why?”
I asked if she knew who Twiggy was. She didn’t. Neither did any of the other teens on the tour. I told them the current notion that women must be thin to be beautiful hasn’t always been the norm. In the 1960s a super skinny model named Twiggy popularized the idea that women should be thin. Before that women with more rounded figures were considered attractive. Picasso painted ‘well rounded’ women because in the early 1900s that was more the norm.
The teens on my tour were surprised. Tbey weren’t aware that what is considered the ideal body shape for women has changed over time. I’m glad they know that now. Perhaps it will help them become more accepting of their own body shapes in all their variety and unique beauty.