🇬🇧 The myth that Rolls Royce's Spirit of Ecstasy symbol was placed on its knees at the request of certain buyers who saw the female ideal as being subservient has been debunked; the real reason turns out to be based on aesthetics and pragmatism.
The keeing lady first appeared on the Phantom III, the bonnet of which was unusually high; this caused the mascot (which itself was already half again as large as on models produced from the 1960s) to obstruct the driver's view.
The kneeing lady appears on subsequent models produced in the 1930s and 1940s, being better-proportioned to the vehicles' size, which had gradually decreased over time. Later models saw the Spirit of Ecstasy return to her standing position.
The Rolls Royce's current makers miscalculated with regards to the mascot (as they did with many other aspects), reducing its size by half; on the sizable current-generation automobiles, this was 'symbolism' taken too far. It would hardly be surprising if the designers at BMW were to consider it an anachroni