Cultural representations of thinness in women, redux: Playboy magazine's depiction of beauty from 1979 to 1999.

@article{Sypeck2006CulturalRO,
  title={Cultural representations of thinness in women, redux: Playboy magazine's depiction of beauty from 1979 to 1999.},
  author={Mia Foley Sypeck and James R J Gray and Sarah Fischer Etu and Anthony H. Ahrens and James E Mosimann and Claire V Wiseman},
  journal={Body image},
  year={2006},
  volume={3 3},
  pages={229-35}
}
Playboy's portrayal of the male ideal of feminine beauty, in terms of overall body size, percent normative weight, and waist-to-hip ratios (WHRs), was analyzed for the years 1979-1999. Trends were examined through body measurements obtained from Playboy centerfolds. Results reveal a continuation of the low body mass index (BMI) found in the Playmates by earlier studies; however, for the 21 years examined, the trend towards increasing thinness seems to have stabilized and may have begun to… CONTINUE READING

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