The Soviet Union existed for a rather long period of time, during which the features of urban development, its own industry, and specific art were developed. At that time, they valued high internal qualities, and not a model appearance.
Whatever the rich man would entertain, if only he would not sue
The state needed purposeful, strong-willed, full of energy people, healthy in body and spirit. In the Soviet years, artists often painted women.
The goal of the creators.
The creators of that period sought to reflect the new female image. This affected the cinema, theater and, of course, paintings. Refined, sophisticated and pampered ladies were replaced by strong-willed women with a steel character.
New women were rebels, revolutionaries, activists, they became role models, led the masses. The struggle for gender equality was noticeably reflected: women abandoned household chores, pushing the patriarchal system, and sought rights on a par with men.
Women got the opportunity to act at their discretion, not to marry at the request of their parents. They could study anywhere, choose a type of activity to their liking. They themselves were drawn to the proposed variety of possibilities. They mastered the new, studied, actively engaged in sports.
The downside was the country’s poverty after the war years.
Unfortunately, at that time women could not use the frills. Often, even well-known and wealthy people often did not have access to them. Neither the ballerina, nor the actress … It was not the right time to think about beauty: there was simply nothing to eat.
Gradually, fashion came to a healthy fullness: Soviet women should have powerful legs and arms, a flowering look, large hips. To work at the machine, a lot of effort was required, as well as for labor on the collective farm. At that time, thinness indicated pain and was not considered beautiful. Men liked delicious, magnificent women with a pleasant, open face.
Everything has changed again with the war. Women (of course, not of their own free will) began to resemble men. They did the hard work at home and at the front. We went to the mines and industries, became snipers, aviators. Even young girls tried on a par with men, fighting for victory. But they survived, survive.
By the end of the 1950s, agriculture and production had improved and the cult of a strong physique began to return. Interestingly, the appearance of women and clothing preferences in the USSR were not influenced by fashion, but by economic conditions. For this reason, overseas, our ladies have long been considered tastelessly dressed and fat.
The image of a woman of Soviet years did not specifically rest on certain standards of appearance; the models lacked sexuality, style, and vivid physical attractiveness. Women reflected the image of activists, Stakhanovites, mothers. They showed the best collective farmers, workers in industries, factories and so on.
Slenderness began to appear only in the 70-80s, and although men liked them, the female part of the population did not imitate them. With the advent of Western influence, appearances began to devote more time. Some ordered clothes through magazines, bought cosmetic
All the features of the country’s life were reflected in the paintings painted in that period. They retain patriotism, heroism, images of mothers and events of the past years. Women of Soviet years were distinguished by a natural tan, glowing eyes, positive, powerful energy, which is visible regardless of simple outfits and hairstyles. They were confident in themselves and tomorrow.
New standards came only at the end of the 80s, including the holding of the first beauty contest. Probably, it was since then that the struggle for the best outfits and harmony began. The ideal was the opposite of the Soviet woman – a slender, graceful, tall beauty.