Curve appeal in stars

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Italian actress Sophia Loren, circa 1957. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
June 1933: American film star Ruby Keeler (1910 - 1993) who starred in many Warner Brothers film musicals of the 1930's directed by Busby Berkeley. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Lana Turner, circa 1960. (Photo by Getty Images)
1943: American actress Lana Turner (1920 - 1995). (Photo by Laszlo Willinger/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
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Sofia Vergara attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Beyoncé has been notorious for her angry refusal to approve her image in advertisements until they were restored to full glory -- i.e. not photoshopped. And she's right. Do You Remember celebrates the natural figure and shapely curves of all women, whether it's a current diva like Beyoncé or a nostalgic legend like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell or Sophia Loren.

In the '30s, a more Rubenesque form was definitely more appealing: Just look at a showbiz hoofer like Ruby Keeler. This trend continued with curvy starlets like Lana Turner, known as the ultimate Sweater Girl. Marilyn ushered in a new full era; her star blazed so brightly that she spawned a host of imitators from Jayne Mansfield to Mamie Van Doren.

Cultural taste did a 180 in the 1960s, however, with stars like the aptly named Twiggy, whose rail-thin allure launched a thousand magazine covers. Mia Farrow and Edie Sedgwick were among the Mod Era's great goddesses, whose chic was as pronounced as their slimness.

Happily, many of today's most illustrious stars -- from Kate Winslet to Sofia Vergara to Adele -- refuse to conform to a one-size-should-fit-all standard of beauty. Beyoncé's famous curves will keep fans crazy in love with her long after this flap recedes in pop memory. Just ask Marilyn.


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