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Revisiting the Past and Its Concept of Beauty


Do you believe that beauty is subjective? Or does society dictates the beauty standards? Some people believe that to be loved and accepted; one must be beautiful. But beauty does not only pertain to outward appearance rather more on the inside of a person. Beauty standards changes and what’s pleasing to others then may not be beautiful to others now. In the past, women have a different outlook on looking attractive. Let us take a look at them and remind ourselves that beauty comes in all forms.

Egyptian Beauty

In Egypt, having golden or bright skin is the standard. Women are expected to have slender waists and tapered hips. Men and women have black hair or wore long interlaced wigs and wore make up especially a black eyeliner.

Greek Beauty

Wearing a long mane was regarded as beautiful in Ancient Greece, and only those women who belong in the upper class can wear their hair long. A thick unibrow was popular then, and women would even draw one.

Heian Japanese Beauty

Round and rosy cheeks, small bow-shaped lips and pale skin are what makes a Heian woman beautiful. Long hairs were also a prized possession, and so women try to grow their hair as long as they can. Shaven eyebrows are typical, and women even make new smudgy ones in the forehead. They paint their faces white, so their teeth appear yellow, so they opt to tint their teeth black.

Renaissance Beauty

For this period, a beautiful woman should have high moral standards.

Women should also have pale skin, a full figure with a circular abdomen which they associate with motherhood. Women have a high forehead and wear strawberry blonde curls.

18th Century French Beauty 

Women have long and curly hairs with a white and gray look. Pale skin is in, and women put on much white make up to achieve one. Dimples, rosy cheeks, modest double chin, and an oval face are all that defines beauty during this time.

Edwardian Era Beauty

During this time, the hourglass figure was the trend, and women even wear corsets to have it. A regular face and tousled hair are symbols for this specific period.

1920 Beauty

Women have more liberty and power during this time. They show this through the way they dress up. They sported bob hairs, wears dresses that show off their legs, and even began projecting athletic build.

1950 Beauty

A perfect hair, teeth, and skin were the rage at this time. By this time, teenage girls already own makeups. Women wear iconic cone bras to have an hourglass figure.

1960 Beauty

The short, orderly hairstyle was in trend again as well as the flapper like body figure. Women wore natural colored makeup with big doe eyes and thick eyelashes.

1980 Beauty

The most notable fashion trends are massive hairs and sculpted face. People also began appreciating beauty from other ethnicities.