And here we’ve the 80s, at the start of the birth of the species referred to as “The Supermodel”. Why super? Well, cause you had to be super tall, super athetic and have super super long legs.As an athletic somatotype became more popular, “hardbodies” — incredibly toned, slim women — were considered incredibly attractive. Being thin was ideal; being thin and powerful was even better. consistent with Rehabs.com, 60 percent of 1980s Playboy models weighed 15 percent but the healthy average weight for his or her size.
Actress Fonda was the face of the fitness craze and therefore the epitome of the “hardbody” — her aerobics videos sold many copies.
The 80s also saw the introduction of supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, whose tall, thin bodies were faraway from the typical American woman’s somatotype .