The Ever-Evolving History of Beauty
Beauty depends a lot on when and where you lived. And having this on mind we can see how different the concept of beauty used to be from ancient times till today. Every time period has had different ideas of what defines beauty. Things your ancestors believed of what beauty was might surprise you!
The Renaissance Era
The Renaissance Era was a time in which people had a different view on beauty than most of the eras that followed it, especially in terms of the ideal body type. According to the artwork of the era, women that had extra fat and wider hips were considered to be the most beautiful. Blonde hair also became a big trend during the Renaissance, as colors started to move away from darker hues, making lighter and brighter colors all the rage. Makeup during this era was extremely pale, but lips were meant to be bright red.
The Victorian Era
In the Victorian Era, slim waists were “the thing”, to the point where it became a danger. The clothes were constricting to the point where breathing was a chore, causing some women to even break their ribs in the process. In addition to small waists, women also wanted to make their behinds look larger than ever before, which was better accentuated by such small waists. Petticoats and bustles became popular, which made for an enhanced look in the back.
The Thriving Twenties
Women no longer had to have tiny waists, as covering womanly curves was more common. Short dresses in the flapper style were a lot more comfortable and popular than the long dresses from the Victorian Era. The other big beauty trend was the bob hairstyle, which was combined with pale skin and thin eyebrows to achieve the perfect look at the time.
The Golden Age
The appearance of new celebrities on the screen made women more self-conscious than ever before with a strong desire to look like the stars they saw on the screen. Woman started going to the gym, making their body muscular and letting their hair grow longer.
The 1950’s marked the middle of the century, the ideal body type was no longer a muscular one, but instead one with curves and feminine appeal. Marilyn was the epitome of the figure, which you can still see is popular today. Short hair was back in style, but curly styles were trendier than the bob of the 20’s.
The Hippie Era
There was no ‘ideal body type’ for the culture, and makeup was completely ignored. Women did not feel forced to fit into beauty trends of the time, and uniqueness was widely accepted. Sunglasses, headbands, tie-dye shirts and bell-bottom jeans were all inn.
The Disco Era
Body types in the Disco Era were pronounced with high waist jeans for a very slim look and tight wrap dresses. Long blond hair and tanning beds was what everyone was doing.
The body types of the instructors in the videos were ideal at the time. The 80’s hold one of the worse outfits ever existed, the shoulder pads that made women look like NFL linebackers. The hairstyle was hairspray and more hairspray, and makeup was not falling behind, combining red lips with blue eyeliner.
Looking extremely thin and Flannels kicked on the 90’s. In the late 90’s the show “Friends” helped introduce some trends, and another celebrity that begun one of the biggest trend was “Eminem” and his bleach blonde hair.
The New Age
The pressure to look thin is still around and people continue to take it to dangerous measures as plastic surgery has become more common than ever. Thanks to social media there is no universal way to look or dress like it used to be. No matter what you want to do to yourself, there is a tutorial you can find online.