This study from Texas University casts doubt on the long-held assumption that fashion only looks good on thin models. An ideal body mass index (BMI) of 18.85, which is quite close to the measurements of British model Kelly Brook, suggests that women may prefer a ‘fuller’ and ‘curvier’ body shape.
There are many different opinions on what constitutes beauty. The research establishes a scientifically supported ‘ideal’ body type but does not dismiss any others as undesirable. It questions the idea that size zero is the pinnacle of attractiveness.
Plus-size models like Ashley Graham are a testament to society’s embrace of diversity. In this way, we see that people of varying sizes and shapes are all beautiful.
The research encourages openness by starting conversations about beauty and social norms.
The ‘ideal’ body type is discussed, but other aspects of attractiveness are not devalued. Accepting and celebrating differences helps people value who they are as individuals. Discuss the significance of changing beauty norms and invite others to do the same.