Category: beauty

While people talk about modern beauty standards being artificial and western, it can be easy to not understand the true diversity of beauty standards across time and across history.

For instance, the ancient Maya thought being cross-eyed was highly desirable. Parents would hang an object between their infant’s eyes hoping to induce permanent cross-eyes.

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In Iran until modern times, women were more desirable if they had unibrows and mustaches and many used darkening products to achieve them.

No matter what you look like, there was probably a time and a place when you were the height of attractiveness. Think about that the next time you look in a mirror!

24 gorgeous photos show fashion styles of Bianca Jagger in the 1970s.

China dates: Lovely photos of a beautiful girl taken by her boyfriend in Shanghai from the late 1940s.

The swingingest sexpot in show business: Glamorous photos of Abbe Lane in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sophia Loren’s body double: 38 stunning photos of Scilla Gabel in the 1950s and 1960s.

40 cool snaps that defined the ‘60s female hairstyles.

Stunning fashion photography by Walter Carone in the early 1950s.

Beautiful photos of Debbie Harry in 1978 taken by Martyn Goddard.

Gorgeous photos of an American girl taken by her then husband in the mid-1950s.

Pretty, thin, young and single: Here are some bizarre requirements for stewardess in the 1950s.