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171 pounds, a pear-shaped body and a taste for beefsteak: Meet Elsie Scheel, the Cornell student declared 1912’s perfect woman

Today’s perfect woman might closely resemble a Victoria’s Secret model. But 100 years ago, the female physical ideal was very different. A series of articles in 1912 and early 1913 saw Brooklyn-born Cornell student Elsie Scheel, 24, hailed ‘the most nearly perfect physical specimen of womanhood’. The 24-year-old, who was selected by university medical examiner Dr Esther Parker from a group of over 400 women, was described by the New York Times as ‘a light-haired, blue-eyed girl whose very presence bespeaks perfect health.’ for more click here

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