MMXLII Presents- Perception of Beauty: From Marilyn to Beyoncé [VIDEO]

Beyoncé was just picked as the sexiest woman of the 21st Century by GQ Magazine. Is America starting to move away from the stick thin to a more curvaceous look or is this just the current trend? Is this a new standard of beauty welcoming a more diverse perception of beauty in Hollywood, fashion and overall entertainment? What are the determining factors? Was it really just Jennifer Lopez and her butt? Is urban just the new cool thing for the mainstream? Does this give minority women a better shot at more lead roles like Kerry Washington’s character in the hit TV show Scandal? Will the stick thin blonde bombshells become more of the minority? What will be the next trend moving further into the 21st Century?

MMXLII sat down with casting agent Fern Champion, music legend Florence LaRue [of 5th Dimension], music video director Paul Allen, TV editor Lauren Spencer and actress Ekeobong Utibe to discuss. What do you think? Make sure to join the discussion in our comments section.

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  1. Marilyn, Mae West, Sophia Loren and many of the original hollywood “bombshells” were curvy and around a size 12. The standard for these leading ladies plummeted to a size 0-2 in the 80s and 90s and unfortunately the standard still exists today- the greater diversity within Hollywood hasn’t changed the overall standard of women’s beauty, if anything it has created different standards for different women. Within minority cultures curves have always been beautiful and celebrated and today this beauty is more and more widely appreciated. For white women however the stick-thin standard remains. Curvier stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet are continually criticized and called fat if they gain weight beyond a size 2, meanwhile stars like Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and Angelina Jolie seem to drop a dress size a movie.

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