The Best Hourglass Bodies of All Time: From Raquel Welch to Beyoncé
Raquel Welch, who turns 75 today, may have surrendered her ballet career at age seventeen when her teacher educated her that she did not have the correct physique, yet her famous turn as the doe-skin bikini-clad cave babe, “Leona the Fair One,” in the cult sixties flick One Million Years B.C. demonstrated that she had curves in all the right places. With her Bolivian-English great looks and amble outline, the brunette shocker turned into an overnight pinup sensation, joining the ranks of proportional sex symbols who preceded her, as Fellini muse Anita Ekberg and the first Bond young lady, Ursula Andress.
In spite of moving beauty standards consistently throughout the decades, the healthy exotic nature of a shapely figure that looks as great in a bikini as a slip dress has remained a definitive signifier of femininity. It’s a stylish that modern-day sirens like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Scarlett Johansson have taken back to fashion’s front line as of late. To pay tribute to the birthday young lady, here’s a look at the best hourglass bodies ever, from Brigitte Bardot to Christina Hendricks.