Who Has The Best Figure in Hollywood?
The ideal 1930s measurements for a Hollywood actress is certainly a lot different and a lot healthier than the modern day version, but it was interesting ( and a bit depressing) to see that 80 years ago, our hang ups about body shape was all alive and well.
Photoplay was then the ‘go to’ gossip magazine about the stars, the movies and the film industry. Much like People magazine today and they ran a competition back in 1931, with four presiding ‘judges’, to select the perfect body amongst a selection of 21 movie actresses that were well known and in the public eye in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
I had never heard of this actress till now but the winner was a Mexican silent film star turn ‘talkies’ star :
At 5’4.5″ she weighed 120 lbs, had the measurements 33-25-36 and was described as “warmly curved” and “roundly turned”.
One of the judges was Broadway producer Earl Carroll, and he rejected Greta Garbo as being too thin but had this to say about the final four actresses:
‘There is no sense of frailty about them. They are roundly turned. They are, in every instance, a far hail from any boyish form, and they are not the underdeveloped, adolescent type,’ he explained, before selecting Del Rio as winner.