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:
A minor Broadway actress with a significant otherworldly beauty.
A popular Italian opera singer whose image and hourglass figure could be seen literally everywhere — from postcards to soap packaging.
Cleo de Merode
A French dancer that won the “Queen of Beauty” award in the first ever “Top Beautiful Women” contest that Illustration magazine in 1896 organized.
An American actress that achieved fame by playing the role of Peter Pen in a Broadway production.
Famous as “La Belle,” Carolina was a French dancer and singer, hugely popular among the royalty of several countries.
An American stage and silent movie actress who also lived through the talking film age.
A suffragist and a photographer that also deserved to be photographed.
Grand Duchess Olga
The eldest daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, whose whole family was slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
An English actress and singer of the Edwardian era.
Luzon woman of the Philippines
Breathtaking proof of the simple fact that you do not need a Nikon and Urban Decay to create a masterpiece shot.
A successful comedy actress of the Edwardian era.
A Russian prima ballerina of the renowned Imperial Russian Ballet.
“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.
Considered one of the most photographed women in the world, she was indeed a beauty to be captured.
Anna May Wong
The first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.
Queen Mary of Romania
The last queen of Romania, very popular among her people and worldwide.
An Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900s.
A silent film era star.
Gypsy girl with mandolin
Esmeralda of the 20th century.