A Woman Photoshops Her Body To Show How 'Perfect' Has Changed Throughout History

As one fitness instructor reveals how popular body types have changed over the years, back home Aussie designers have launched a campaign to get know the REAL shapes and sizes of women today.

Cassey Ho, US fitness instructor photoshopped her body in order to represent the perfect figure from various periods in history.

The results are fascinating.

Ho, of Instagram account Blogilates, recruited a digital artist to tweak her Pilates-honed frame into the ideal body shape from eras like the Italian renaissance, the 1950's, the '90s and today.

She shared the doctored images in a Insta post this week to show her 1.4 million followers how much our perception of 'perfect' has varied over time.

Clicking through the pics show how Ho's waist, hips and derriere grow and shrink according to the fashion of the time.

She started her journey a good 600 years ago, when a plumper more rounded figure was more than just a lewk, it was a status symbol.

"1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance - Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

Fast-forward to the roaring '20s when a Great Gatsby-era straight-up-and-down frame was in.

"1920s - Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

Thirty years later curves had made a comeback thanks to one Ms. Monroe.

"1950s - The hourglass shape is in. Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

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Next we reached the diminutive Kate Moss' heyday.

"Early 90s - THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

Before the decade was out heads had turned to Barbie for inspo -- long legs, tiny wist, big boobs.

"Mid 90s-2000s - Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

Welcome back to now, when the full-bootied Kardashian Klan's influence is clear.

"Mid 2010s-2018 - Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%." Image: Instagram/@blogilates.

Regardless of what was -- or is still -- en vogue, Ho discovered she's happiest in the skin she's in, but it got her thinking about what or who decides what’s in and what’s out.

"I thought that I might secretly like one of the results," she admitted.

"But the super odd thing was … all of them didn’t sit right with me. Not one!"

She saw a strong connection between the fashion and the media industries, calling out ads, TV, film and the rise of social media celebs -- *cough* Kim K *cough* -- as determining the new “cool girl” of the moment.

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But that doesn't mean that this 'cool girl' in our Insta feeds is a reflection of well ... us.

So What Does The Average Woman Look Like?

The average Australian woman weighs 71.1kg and is a size 14-16, according to  ABS data from 2016.

Yet, according to research there is no current data on the changing dimensions and shapes of a woman’s body, in Australia at least.

In fact, the country's size guidelines haven’t changed since 1969 when the Australian Women’s Weekly asking readers to measure themselves at home and send in their data.

We're only now getting a glimpse at the women of today after Aussie fashion label One P Design joined forces with Whitehouse Institute of Design and  Fourt2 Consulting to start their 'Measured for Change Campaign.' 

So far the campaign has compiled measurements from 630 women aged between 20 and 70 years, and the insights are interesting.

A major finding is just how varied our bodies are in and of themselves -- 72 percent of women span across more than one size in clothing.

That basically means that they never fit into one true size -- maybe they have size 8 hips, a size 10 waist and size 14 bust.

Image: One P Design (supplied.)

This makes it tricky for almost three quarters of female shoppers to find clothes that fit properly.

Adding to the difficulty is the fact that most sizing guides that brands use assume a women is an hourglass shape, despite the campaign finding that only reflects 4 percent of women.

In reality, nearly 50 percent are pear-shaped, 37 percent are rectangle and nine are of an inverted triangle body shape.

No wonder hitting the change room at your local shopping centre can be a nightmare!

Feature image: Instagram/@blogilates.