January 18, 2012

Classic Beauty

If you’ve been following me any length of time you know that I am a major classic movie fan. Fanatic is a better word. I’m that lame friend that, when it’s my turn to pick a movie for movie night, picks a black and white one and begs you to “just give it a chance, I promise you’ll love it.” I’m usually right, too. :)

One of the reasons I love old movies are the movie stars – calling them “actors” is inadequate. They were stars. And they really don’t make them like that anymore.

I read an article the other day that in the fashion industry, Size 6 is now officially considered “plus-sized.” How ridiculous. For a while on my pinterest I’ve been collecting press photos of classic actresses that were at one time considered to be the epitome of beauty…and would today be sent to one of those celebrity weight loss reality shows. 

Jane Russell


Esther Williams

Source: google.com via Elizabeth on Pinterest


Kim Novak

Source: lh5.ggpht.com via Jaci on Pinterest


Ann Margaret


Source: style.com via Jaci on Pinterest



Judy Holliday



Ava Gardner


Source: listal.com via Jaci on Pinterest



Kathryn Grayson

Source: doctormacro.com via Jaci on Pinterest


Source: google.com via Jaci on Pinterest


Rita Hayworth

Source: lottieloves.com via Jaci on Pinterest


Source: google.com via Jaci on Pinterest


And my personal favorite,
Jean Harlow

Source: flickr.com via Jaci on Pinterest


Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our definition of “beauty”


  1. Those classic movie stars are beautiful. I would love to have any single one of their bodies. But my body NATURALLY looks like those thin women in the picture you posted. While I understand the intention of your post, women who praise curvy women and put down thin women make naturally thin women like me (who eat healthy) feel bad about themselves. We can't help how thin we are. Like I said, I understood this post. But double standards are still double standards. No one would dare use the phrase "Real women have NO curves" or tell an overweight woman she needs to lose weight, just like I have been told I need to gain it. If you are healthy and happy, any body type is beautiful.

  2. All of these classic beauties are stunning! It is so saddening to see what societies definition of beautiful is. I am proud that I am not stick thin, I love my body and would not change it for anything!

  3. Absolutely. Size 6 is plus size? That's disturbing on so many levels.

    Here's to having curves and natural beauty. More importantly, here's to not giving into the hype! :)

  4. Seriously! These women are gorgeous and no one would say otherwise. I want to know how ON EARTH a size 6 is considered a plus size. Plus what?! Some meat on our bones? God forbid. It reminds me of Devil Wears Prada where they make fun of Anne Hathaway's character for being a 6...and we all know how great she looks.

  5. Don't forget about the lovely Judy Garland and Ginger Rogers...boy they sure don't make 'em like that anymore!!! :( I appreciate and love the beautiful movie stars of yesteryear as much as you do. TCM is one of my favorite channels :) I really don't understand how a size 6 is "plus sized"--and society wonders why all of these young girls starve themselves to try to be "normal". It's sad, really.


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