Remember, Monroe's French contemporary Brigitte Bardot, had a 19 inch waist--the circumference of many women's upper thigh today--and the inch certainly hasn't inflated.
Nor are men off the hook.
Look at the vintage three-piece Saturday Night Fever disco suits that men wore before they had Big Mac bodies in thrift stores. They buttoned the vests.
What about the American paradox? Despite low calorie foods, celebrity diets, fitness centers on every corner, personal trainers and general ab consciousness, people are fatter than ever?
Or as a fashion designer ruefully put it, "That's not dressing, that's upholstering."
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