First you had to be thin -
Although certain foods were seen as healthy and essential -
Even chocolate -
and alcohol -
Not to mention health giving cigarettes!
A beautiful complexion was key - and it needed liver salts, tablets, cleansing oils and creams.
Unwanted hair could be removed -
and of course there was always make up to make you even more beautiful -
And finally, this is Mrs Thelma Peake of Queensland, in July 1935 - Queensland's all round leading woman athlete of the day.
Thelma was a Long Jump National Championship during the 1930s, but also competed in sprints, hurdles and middle-distance events. Through her career she set many firsts -
1935 - the first mother to become a national champion or record-holder in athletics
1938 - the first mother (or married woman) to represent Australia internationally. She may also have - the first mother to win an individual medal (and a team gold medal) at an international games in Sydney 1938.
After 1940 the approach of war in the Pacific war forced the cancellation of most sports in Queensland, so she retired from athletics prematurely at the age of 26.
I think I like the 30s ideal woman - what about you?