Karl Meyer Posted about 1 year ago Why are women considered more beautiful the thinner they are? There may be historical reasons for this standard of beauty. Many ideas have been passed down from antiquity (ancient Greece and Rome) and I have heard it said that our ideas of beauty also have this origin. I have read that in ancient Greece, the adolescent male was considered to have most beautiful form...tall, thin, androgynous-looking....sounds like a supermodel to me, though... I think people are now realizing that this ideal is not fairly applied to women, and for my part I agree with the commenters who have said that healthiness is gaining ground as a measure of what is beautiful. Of course it is also worth noting that there are exceptions to both of those ideas....e.g., Rubens.