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Famous Full-Figured Women and Buxom Women

Some of the world's loveliest and sexiest women were full-figured beauties, with ample hips, waists, thighs and breasts. Younger readers may not recognize names like Gypsy Rose Lee, our pick for the most beautiful full-figured woman of all time, so we have given a brief explanation of how we came to our decision. Pictures of a number of our choices appear below.

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The Top Ten Most Beautiful Full-Figured Women of All Time, according to The HyperTexts

(10) Tyra Banks (36-27-36), Tara Lynn (38-34-47), Kate Upton (39-28-36), Crystal Renn (39-32-43) and Ashley Graham (42-30-46); these buxom supermodels prove size zero does not rule the fashion runways and Ashley Graham now has her own lingerie line!

Haikupath Flash: Tara Lynn, Plus Size Model Star

(9) Sofia Vergara (38-28-39) and Serena Williams (40-30-44) aka "Mamma Smash"
(8) Christina Hendricks (42-30-39)
(7) Raquel Welch (37-24-36) and "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter (37-25-35)

(6) Anita Eckberg (40-24-36) and Ursula Andress (38-25-35)
(5) Beyoncé (35-26-39) and Kim Kardashian (38-26-42)
(4) Sophia Loren (38-24-38), Gina Lollobrigida (36-22-35)
(3) Elizabeth Taylor (36-21*-36) and Claudia Cardinale (37-23-37)

(2) Marilyn Monroe (35-28*-35)

* We know from her clothing that Marilyn Monroe's waistline fluctuated. She was never "fat" and even at her heaviest weight, around 140 pounds, she maintained an hourglass figure. According to reports based on clothes she wore that were later auctioned off, Marilyn's waistline fluctuated from around 23 to 28 inches.

(1) Gypsy Rose Lee (37-23-36)

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee was a famous burlesque performer known far and wide for her stripteases. But she was also a dancer, actress, producer, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the highly successful and popular stage musical and film Gypsy. She also wrote a mystery novel called The G-String Murders and co-produced a musical revue called Star and Garter. It is said that her first striptease was accidental, occurring when the strap of her gown broke, causing it to fall to the floor during one of her acts. She went on to develop a more casual style of striptease, emphasizing the "tease" and incorporating humor. She was frequently arrested during police raids on her performances, which would be considered to be quite tame and in good taste today. She stopped stripping at age 42, but never lost her sense of humor. After her retirement she would garden in a bikini and two aprons; she explained that the apron in the front was to hold her tools, and the one in the back was "to keep the cops away."

Gypsy Rose Lee is our choice for number one for three very important reasons. First, she was stunningly beautiful and certainly qualifies in that regard. Second, she was a full-figured woman who was not ashamed of her body. But third and perhaps more importantly, she was, in her unique way, a leader in the anti-body-shaming movement. A woman ought to have the right to decide what to reveal, and what not to reveal, of her body. Our fabulous Gypsy decided that she didn't mind disrobing in return for monetary compensation. As a result, she was sometimes arrested and often harassed. But she was a pioneer in her field, so that today if models, actresses and singers don't mind revealing their bodies in return for money, fame or other forms of compensation, they are free to do so. In our opinion, they owe a great debt to our fabulous Gypsy and other daring women like Bettie Page, Tempest Storm and Marilyn Monroe, who made it possible for women to choose what to reveal, and what not to reveal, rather than being dick-tated to (if you'll pardon the pun) by puritanical and hypocritical men. When I was a boy, I was awed by their audacity and courage. And I'm still awed by them today. To me the "bad girls" like Gypsy Rose Lee and Marilyn Monroe were the very best kind. They weren't hurting anyone. They made millions of men very happy, and probably a lot of women too. And they helped billions of women around the globe in the struggle to for equality. In terms of figures and beauty alone, really any woman on this list could be number one. But in my opinion, the two most influential women in the anti-body-shaming movement are Marilyn Monroe and Gypsy Rose Lee. There would be no Madonna without Marilyn Monroe, and thus no Miley Cyrus, no Lady Gaga, no Britney Spears. But our fabulous Gypsy came first, and was even more audacious: risking arrests, imprisonment, fines and the outrage of hypocritical moralizers to share whatever she cared to shared with her fans. She put the "tease" in striptease, inventing a new form of art. She put the "ass" in class by stripping with style and good humor. She was a star who vastly outshone her narrow-minded critics. There would be no Dita Von Teese without Gypsy Rose Lee, but her influence goes far beyond modern burlesque. I think every modern girl or woman who says, "It's my body and I'll decide how to dress it, when to undress it, and what to do with it" is in her debt.―Michael R. Burch, editor, The HyperTexts

Many of the women listed here had smaller waists when younger and naturally gained some weight as they matured. For instance, Elizabeth Taylor had a teeny-tiny waist when she was young and put on weight quite naturally over the years. The figures cited here are given only to indicate general dimensions and may not be authenticated. We are not fans of terms like "plus-sized." If a woman is happy with her body, she is "perfect-sized," for her! And that goes for less voluptuous women as well. From Twiggy and Kate Moss to the women above and below, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

We would like to give a special Honorable Mention to Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe who was body-shamed by Donald Trump after winning the contest in 1996. She was a teenager at the time and he mocked her for gaining a few pounds, calling her Miss Piggy, Miss Eating Machine and Miss Housecleaning (presumably because she is Latino and that is what female Latinos are good for, according to The Donald).―Michael R. Burch, Editor, The HyperTexts

First Family Measurements: Melania Knauss Trump (38-26-37), Ivanka Trump (38-26-36), Ivana Trump (35-25-35), Tiffany Trump (34-24-35), Marla Maples Trump (34-24-35)

On the brighter side, both society in general and the modeling world are becoming more accepting of "diversity" in female figures. Tess Holliday, five-foot-five and size 22, recently became "the first woman of her size and height to score a contract with a prominent modeling agency." Kudos to her and to her agency, MLK Management! Holliday has been on the cover of People and was featured in Vogue Italia. Georgina Burke has graced (and scorched) the cover of Torrid. Ashley Graham threatened a nuclear meltdown of the cover of Maxim. Laura Catterall was on the cover of French Cosmopolitan. Justine Legault covered Elle Quebec. Tara Lynn is known as "The Body" and specializes in lingerie shoots. She has been on the covers of Elle France and Elle Spain. The full-figured model has indeed "come a long way, baby."

Natural Model Management is "one of the largest and most successful modeling agencies representing plus-size models and models with curves." Their portfolio includes Tabria Majors, a former volleyball player who is now a finalist in a competition to become a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Majors "was selected as one of six finalists from more than 5,000 submissions worldwide in an open audition earlier this year." At a fit, healthy and vigorous five-foot-ten and 218 pounds, she presents a refreshing contrast to the typical "rail-thin, bikini-clad" SI model. (Again, there is nothing wrong with being waifish, rail-thin, etc., as long as girls and women are not malnourishing themselves in the quest for thinness. But neither is there anything wrong with being heavier, if the extra weight is not unhealthy. If there is a health problem, there should be no social stigma in either case. It is time to leave body-shaming to the dark past, along with witch hunts, female circumcision and sexual slavery.)

Honorable Mention: Other full-figured beauties include Ann-Margret, Farrah Abraham, Kirstie Alley, Loni Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Monica Bellucci, Halle Berry, Denise Bidot, Jessica Biel, Jacqueline Bisset, Kelly Brook, Delta Burke, Georgina Burke, Naomi Campbell, Laura Catterall, Cindy Crawford, Kaley Cuoco, Stormy Daniels, Brooklyn Decker, Kat Dennings, Diana Dors, Jessica Drake, Laura San Giacomo, Heather Graham, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Paris Hilton, Salma Hayek, Tess Holliday, Candice Huffine, Kylie Jenner, Scarlett Johansson, Khloe Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Philomena Kwao, Queen Latifah, Robyn Lawley, Jennifer Lawrence, Kelly LeBrock, Precious Lee, Justine Legault, Blake Lively, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Tara Lynn, Elle MacPherson, Holly Madison, Tabria Majors, Jayne Mansfield, Jenny McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy, Charlotte McKinney, Denise Milani, Alyssa Milano, Marisa Miller, Heidi Montag, Megan Mullally, Aubrey O'Day, Gail O'Grady, Rita Ora, Louise O'Reilly, Bettie Page, Katy Perry, Lucy Pinder, Laura Prepon, Katie Price, Emily Ratajakowski, Denise Richards, Mimi Rogers, Amber Rose, Maya Rudolph, Jane Russell, Lillian Russell, Katey Sagal, Susan Sarandon, Ann Savage, Amy Schumer, Jill Scott, Rhonda Shear, Jessica Simpson, Anna Nicole Smith, Suzanne Somers, Britney Spears, Courtney Stodden, Trish Stratus, Tempest Storm, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Jennifer Tilly, Mae West, Kendra Wilkinson, Esther Williams, Venus Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Jordyn Woods, Katya Zharkova

Body and Face Shaming: Women insulted by Donald Trump before and/or during his presidential campaign include Rosie O'Donnell, Bette Middler, Cher, Megyn Kelly, Ariana Huffington, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton.

Can't Win for Losing: Women who have been criticized for gaining weight and/or for losing it include Adele, Christina Aguilera, Kirstie Alley, Ireland Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, Kelly Clarkson, Cheryl Cole, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, America Ferrera, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Courtney Love, Kate Middleton, Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tara Reid, Crystal Renn, Nicole Richie, LeeAnn Rimes, Ashlee Simpson, Tori Spelling, Candice Swanepoel, Oprah Winfrey, Renee Zellweger, Rachel Zoe

Underwear Wars: Female celebrities who fought back after body shaming and bullying by posting pictures of themselves in their underwear, bikinis, nude or in other provocative poses include Tyra Banks (by wearing a vilified swimsuit and telling naysayers to kiss her ass!), Beyoncé (by writing the song "Bootylicious" in response), Mariah Carey (by insisting that Page Six feel her toned thighs and butt!), Miley Cyrus (with lots of provocative pictures), Lady Gaga (by posting pictures of herself as a young bulimic in panties and bra), Selena Gomez (with a very sexy album cover), Jennifer Love Hewitt (by posing in a bikini for the cover of Shape), Kim Kardashian (by posting nude pictures of herself online with strategically placed black bars), Jessica Simpson (by posing pregnant for the cover of Elle), Demi Lovato (with a nude photo shoot for Vanity Fair), and Kate Upton (by becoming the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl two years in a row after being called "fat"!)

The Ultimate Irony? Scarlett Johansson has lost roles because her curves are "too sexy"!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most buxom beauty of all? According to reports (which we have unfortunately been unable to verify directly), here's the cleavage scoop: Vivien Leigh (32A), Kate Moss (32A), Iman (32A), Audrey Hepburn (34A), Goldie Hawn (34A), Grace Kelly (34A), Cher (32B), Natalie Wood (32B), Katherine Hepburn (34B), Cindy Crawford (34B), Greta Garbo (35B), Brigitte Bardot (36B), Doris Day (36B), Esther Williams (36B), Bette Davis (34C), Kate Winslet (34C), Elle MacPherson (34C), Monica Bellucci (34C), Scarlett Johansson (34C), Suzanne Somers (35C), Elizabeth Taylor (36C), Rita Hayworth (36C), Kim Novak (36C), Halle Berry (36C), Salma Hayek (36C), Jennifer Love-Hewitt (36C), Brigitte Nielsen (36C), Christie Brinkley (36C), Sophia Loren (38C), Molly Ringwald (38C), Kim Kardashian (32D), Katy Perry (32D), Loni Anderson (34D), Marilyn Monroe (36D), Bettie Page (36D), Anita Eckberg (36D), Carmen Electra (36D), Shania Twain (36D), Courtney Stodden (36D), Shannon Elizabeth (36D), Claudia Cardinale (37C), Susan Sarandon (37C), Gypsy Rose Lee (37?), Raquel Welch (37D), Ursula Andress (37D), Jacqueline Bisset (37D), Jane Russell (38D), Lynda Carter (38D), Mae West (38D), Jenny McCarthy (38D), Ashley Graham (38D), Carmen Russo (39C), Jayne Mansfield (40D), Gemma Atkinson (32DD), Kelly Brook (34DD), Tyra Banks (34DD), Kat Dennings (36DD), Pamela Anderson (36DD), Dolly Parton (40DD), Anna Nicole Smith (42DD), Heidi Montag (34DDD), Kate Upton (34DD or 34E), Christina Aguilera (34E), Laura Wells (36E), Christina Hendricks (32F), Sofia Vergara (32F)

Famous Plus-Sized Models: Emme Aronson, Denise Bidot, Maggie Brown, Ashley Graham, Tess Henstra, Candice Huffine, Toccara Jones, Saffi Karina, Robyn Lawly, Natalie Laughlin, Tara Lynn, Chloe Marshall, Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Whitney Thompson, Laura Wells

Famous Full-Figured Singers: Adele, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Mama Cass Elliot, Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, Kelly Clarkson, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Wynona Judd, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ann Margaret, Katherine McPhee, Ethel Merman, Bette Middler, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Bernadette Peters, Pink, Rihanna, Beverly Sills, Kate Smith, Helen Terry, Big Mama Thornton, Meghan Trainor, Martha Wash, Ann Wilson, Carnie Wilson, Trisha Yearwood

Famous Statuesque Actresses, Models, Singers, Athletes and other Female Celebrities: Lauren Jackson (6' 5"), Candace Parker (6' 4"), Gabrielle Reece (6' 4"), Gwendoline Christie (6' 3"), Maria Sharpova (6' 2"), Claudia Lampe (6' 2"), Jennifer Wilson (6' 2"), Natalia Bush (6' 2"), Brigitte Nielsen (6' 1"), Amelia Vega (6' 1"), Ana Ivanovic (6' 1"), Famke Janssen (6' 0"), Uma Thurman (6' 0"), Brooke Shields (6' 0"), Geena Davis (6' 0"), Elle Macpherson (6' 0"), Susan Anton (5' 11"), Ana Beatriz Barros (5' 11"), Michelle Obama (5' 11"), Nicole Kidman (5' 11"), Sigourney Weaver (5' 11"), Taylor Swift (5' 11"), Claudia Schiffer (5' 11"), Karolina Kurkova (5' 11"), Rebecca Romijn (5' 11"), Mariel Hemingway (5' 11"), Grace Jones (5' 11"), Tilda Swinton (5' 11"), Yoanna House (5' 11"), Liv Tyler (5' 10"), Daryl Hannah (5' 10"), Adriana Lima (5' 10"), Laura Prepon (5' 10"), Blake Lively (5' 10"), Natasha Henstridge (5' 10"), Sandra Bernhard (5' 10"), Joss Stone (5' 10"), Jenna Elfman (5' 10"), Deborah Ann Woll (5' 10"), Mira Sorvino (5' 10"), Mandy Moore (5' 10"), Tina Louise (5' 9"), Hope Solo (5' 9"), Gwyneth Paltrow (5' 9"), Anne Hathaway (5' 8")

Famous Full-Figured Women in History and Mythology: Bathsheba, Cleopatra, Eve, Lilith, Frigga, Helen of Troy, Lilith, Mona Lisa, Venus, Helena Faucit (actress)

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Elizabeth Taylor [1932-2011]

Katherine Hepburn [1907-2003]

Scarlett Johansson

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Height Name Weight Bust Waist Hips
4' 11" Judy Garland 98 - 155 33 22 34
4' 11" Veronica Lake 98 34 21 33
4' 11" - 5' 2" Gloria Swanson
5' Janet Gaynor 98 31.5 23 33
5' Mary Pickford 33 25 36
5' Jane Powell 108 33 23 33
5' - 5' 4" Joan Crawford 112 37 24.5 37
5' 1" Mae West 121 38 24 38
5' 1" - 5' 3" Norma Shearer 118 34 25.5 37
5' 1.5" Jean Harlow 109 34B 25 36
5' 2" Miriam Hopkins
5' 2" Debbie Reynolds 109 36 23 37
5' 2" Shirley Temple
5' 2" Natalie Wood 120 32B 22 33
5' 2" - 5' 4" Olivia de Havilland 108 37 23 36
5' 2" - 5 '5" Louise Brooks
5' 2" - 5' 5.5" Carole Lombard 120 34 24 34
5' 2" - 5' 4" Elizabeth Taylor 120 32D 21 36
5' 3" Jean Arthur
5' 3" Clara Bow 112 33 24 36.5
5' 3" Leslie Caron
5' 3" Bette Davis 34C 21 34
5' 3" Vivien Leigh 32A 23 33
5' 3" - 5' 4" Tippi Hedren 110 34C 24 32
5' 3.5" Lana Turner 110 34 24 34
5' 4" Ann-Margret 119 35 23 35
5' 4" Constance Bennett 100 33 26 35.5
5' 4" Ann Blyth
5' 4" Bebe Daniels 120 36 27 37
5' 4" Marion Davies 118 35 27 35.5
5' 4" Betty Grable 126.5-134 36 24 35
5' 4" Barbara Stanwyck 108 33.5 23 33.5
5' 4.5" Claudette Colbert 110 32B 18 - 25 34
5' 4.5" Marlene Dietrich 130 36 26 33
5' 4.5" Dolores del Rio 120 33 25 36
5' 4.5" Ginger Rogers 34 24 35
5' 5" Joan Bennett 108 33 25 34
5' 5" - 5' 5.5" Marilyn Monroe 115-150 37 23 36
5' 5" - 5' 7" Jane Russell 122 38D 24 36
5' 6" Cyd Charisse 34.5B 22 37
5' 6" Catherine Deneuve 135 34D 24 35
5' 6" Ava Gardner 120 36 23 37
5' 6" Rita Hayworth 117 36C 24 36
5' 6" Hedy Lamarr 118 35.5 25 34.5
5' 6" Myrna Loy 35.5 26.5 33.5
5' 6" Kim Novak 121 36C 25 37
5' 6" Raquel Welch 118 37 22.5 35.5
5' 6" - 5' 7" Loretta Young
5' 6.5" Greta Garbo 125 36 28 38
5' 6.5" Rosalind Russell 120 34.5 25.5 36
5' 7" Brigitte Bardot 125 36B 20 35
5' 7" Doris Day 36B 25 36
5' 7" Faye Dunaway 34 25 34
5' 7" Anita Ekberg 40 24 36
5' 7" Audrey Hepburn 103 34A 20 34
5' 7" Grace Kelly 118 34A 24 35
5' 7" - 5' 8.5" Esther Williams 38 27 34
5' 7" - 5' 9" Kay Francis 118 33 25.5 35
5' 7.5" Katharine Hepburn 125 34B 22 33
5' 8" Lauren Bacall 130 34C 26 34
5' 8" Sophia Loren 140 38C 24 38
5' 8" Ali MacGraw
5' 9" Ingrid Bergman 135 34 24 34
5' 9" Alexis Smith 128 34 24 36

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time, According to The HyperTexts

Ava Gardner (#1)
Ingrid Bergman
Elizabeth Taylor
Brooke Shields
Ione Bright
Princess Grace Kelly
Audrey Hepburn
Marilyn Monroe
Dorothy Dandridge
Gypsy Rose Lee
Vivien Leigh
Gene Tierney
Lana Turner and Veronica Lake (tie)
Brigitte Bardot
Rita Hayworth
Kate Moss and Phobe Cates (tie)
Ginger Rogers
Claudia Cardinale
Sophia Loren and Raquel Welch (tie)
Kim Novak and Kim Basinger (tie)
Lauren Bacall
Cybill Shepherd
Princess Diana Spencer

The Most Beautiful Women Today, According to The HyperTexts

Jennifer Lawrence (#1)
Aishwarya Rai
Jessica Alba
Kendall Jenner
Beyoncé Knowles
Amber Heard
Olga Kurylenko and Liv Tyler (tie)
Anne Hathaway
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid (tie)
Monica Bellucci
Laetitia Casta
Bianca Balti
Nicole Scherzinger
Adriana Lima
Olivia Wilde
Milla Jovovich
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
Meryem Uzerli
Taylor Swift
Bar Rafaeli
Daria Zhemkova
Uma Thurman
Scarlett Johansson
Sophie Marceau
Jennifer Lopez
Charlize Theron

The Most Beautiful Girls Next Door, According to The HyperTexts

Marilyn Monroe (#1)
Dawn Wells (esp. as Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island)
Jennifer Anniston (esp. in Friends)
Christina Applegate (esp. in Married With Children)
Laura Prepon (esp. in That 70s Show)
Olivia Newton-John (esp. in Grease)
Phoebe Cates (esp. in Fast Times At Ridgemont High)
Kirstie Alley (esp. in Cheers)
Christina Ricci
Faith Hill
Katherine McPhee
Drew Barrymore
Jessica Alba
Lucille Ball

The Most Beautiful Bad Girls of all Time, According to The HyperTexts

Gypsy Rose Lee (#1)
Bettie Page and Katy Perry (tie)
Candy Darling (James Lawrence Slattery)
Linda Lovelace
Sasha Grey
Brigitte Bardot
Catherine Deneuve
Drew Barrymore
Jamie Lee Curtis
Janice Dickinson
Jerry Hall
Calamity Jane
Bonnie Parker
Eva Braun (Mrs. Adolph Hitler)

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