When viewing vintage photography, it becomes immediately apparent that many figure models of the 1950's and 60's, and even 70's, were larger.
They were not "out-of-shape", but neither were they misled by the cultural force-feeding of the glamour of wafer-thin models and the seige of advertising from the fitness industry. Many of them appeared to be healthy and vigorous young women, even if they may have been a little soft or pliant. Sometimes the women may have seemed too large, perhaps having dangerous-looking breasts or ponderous bottoms, but there is something authentic and uncontrived about them that enhances the whole experience. What makes vintage figure photography so alluring is its "realness", whether the women are buxom, or skinny, or plain, or ugly - it is the relative naiveté of that moment in time that makes it uniquely appealing. There are certainly many women who possess a true hourglass figure these days, but they seldom grace the pages of magazines or the big or small screens of movie watchers. Perhaps there is an equal percentage of the population today, but they seem harder to find. There has seemingly always been a fascination with large breasts, and many models throughout the years have fascinated viewers with their endowments. Interestingly, some models, like Roberta Pedon
, who had an overwhelmingly pronounced bosom, were actually quite petite in other respects, though still having the
soft roundness at the hips and belly. Despite the popular conception, and the above definition, buxomness implies more than just large breasts - it is suggests aspects like bell-shaped hips, a round, "bubble-like" posterior, a broad ribcage and/or a slightly convex belly. The lovely June Palmer and the sublime Diane Webber - two of the most beautiful figure models in history - possessed these alluring traits.