100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as a popular saying goes. The following pictures of women of the past century show how beauty standards are constantly changing. Today, these women’s beauty would be a bit “out of fashion”. However, most of us can’t deny that they are, indeed, stunning.

Scroll down and take a look for yourself:

Ione Bright


A minor Broadway actress with a significant otherworldly beauty.

Lina Cavalieri

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century
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A popular Italian opera singer whose image and hourglass figure could be seen literally everywhere — from postcards to soap packaging.

Cleo de Merode

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French dancer that won the “Queen of Beauty” award in the first ever “Top Beautiful Women” contest that Illustration magazine in 1896 organized.

Maude Adams

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An American actress that achieved fame by playing the role of Peter Pen in a Broadway production.

Carolina Otero


Famous as “La Belle,” Carolina was a French dancer and singer, hugely popular among the royalty of several countries.

Maude Fealy

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An American stage and silent movie actress who also lived through the talking film age.

Rita Martin


A suffragist and a photographer that also deserved to be photographed.

Grand Duchess Olga

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The eldest daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, whose whole family was slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Lily Elsie

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An English actress and singer of the Edwardian era.

Luzon woman of the Philippines

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Breathtaking proof of the simple fact that you do not need a Nikon and Urban Decay to create a masterpiece shot.

Jean Aylwin


A successful comedy actress of the Edwardian era.

Anna Pavlova

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A Russian prima ballerina of the renowned Imperial Russian Ballet.

Mary Pickford

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century
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“America’s sweetheart” and “the girl with the curls,” she used to be a Canadian-born film actress. Her real name was Gladys Louise Smith.

Valli “Valli” Knust


A musical and silent film actress descending from an old English family.

Gabrielle Ray

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Considered one of the most photographed women in the world, she was indeed a beauty to be captured.

Anna May Wong

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The first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.

Queen Mary of Romania

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The last queen of Romania, very popular among her people and worldwide.

Doris Stocker

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An Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900s.

Agnes Ayres

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A silent film era star.

Gypsy girl with mandolin

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century


Esmeralda of the 20th century.

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Source: thinkinghumanity.com