Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Curves, that is. The model's figure keeps shrinking to new lows, so ahead of Milan's Fashion Week next month, Italy banned from its runways any body mass index under 18.5. Spain imposed similar restrictions, and Brazil--where a model died from anorexia--is also considering a ban. Here, a look at the shifting shape of the female fashion mannequin.

Louise Brooks A 1920s showgirl best known as Lulu in Pandora's Box, she epitomized the long, lean flapper look but had a healthy BMI of 19.9.

Betty Grable Her shapely legs were showcased in many Technicolor musicals during the World War II era, when she...

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