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100-Year-Old Photos of the Most Beautiful Women of the Last Century

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to the well-known saying. Yet it is only in the present day that our eyes need to make some effort to find beauty in so many faces. When it comes to women of the past, their appearance was unquestionably pure. One can be sure — this beauty is as real as it gets. We at Bright Side are devoted fans of the natural look — and want you to see this gallery of women from the era of no Botox, no plastic surgery, and no eye patches. TIMESTAMPS: Gypsy girl with mandolin 0:20 Agnes Ayres 0:35 Doris Stocker 0:50 Queen Mary of Romania 1:05 Anna May Wong 1:19 Gabrielle Ray 1:34 Valli “Valli” Knust 1:49 Mary Pickford 2:03 Anna Pavlova 2:18 Jean Aylwin 2:33 Luzon woman of the Philippines 2:48 Lily Elsie 3:02 Grand Duchess Olga 3:17 Rita Martin 3:32 Maude Fealy 3:47 Carolina Otero 4:01 Maude Adams 4:16 Cleo de Merode 4:31 Lina Cavalieri 4:47 Ione Bright 5:01 #beautifulwomen #femalebeauty Music: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music SUMMARY: - Doris Stocker was an Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900s. - Queen Mary of Romania was the last queen of Romania, very popular among her own people and worldwide. - Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star. Valli “Valli” Knust was a musical and silent film actress descending from an old English family. - “America’s sweetheart” and “the girl with the curls,” Mary Pickford was a Canadian-born film actress and her real name was Gladys Louise Smith. - Anna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the renowned Imperial Russian Ballet. - Lily Elsie was an English actress and singer of the Edwardian era. - Grand Duchess Olga was the eldest daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, whose whole family was slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia. - Rita Martin was a suffragist and a photographer who also deserved to be photographed as much as possible. - Maude Fealy was an American stage and silent film actress who also lived through the talking movie age. - Known as “La Belle,” Carolina Otero was a French dancer and singer who was hugely popular among the royalty of many countries. - Maude Adams was an American actress who achieved fame by playing the role of Peter Pen in a Broadway production. - Lina Cavalieri was a famous Italian opera singer whose image and hourglass figure could be seen everywhere — from soap packaging to postcards. - Ione Bright was a minor Broadway actress with a major otherworldly beauty. Subscribe to Bright Side : https://goo.gl/rQTJZz ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightgram/ 5-Minute Crafts Youtube: https://www.goo.gl/8JVmuC ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more videos and articles visit: http://www.brightside.me/
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BRIGHT SIDE (9 months ago)
They're gorgeous, aren't they? 😍 Who is your favorite beauty out of these 20?
sany singh (2 days ago)
Moude adams no4
J Lee (11 days ago)
As I know the Luzon Woman was NOT a Filipina, BUT old photo from native American Indian?
J Lee (11 days ago)
But as I know the Luzon Woman was NOT a Filipina, BUT old photo from native American Indian?
Rose Petunia (11 days ago)
My great grandmother.
Gazzara5 (25 days ago)
Gabrielle Ray without question IMHO.
Xxcheery cherryxX (2 days ago)
Luzon 😍😍😍
arco iris (3 days ago)
No women with dark skintones? Clearly you haven't shown the MOST beautiful women, simply beautiful women, or there would be more POC in this.
Dodu Dumitru Tichie (4 days ago)
Im from Romania so thx for the compliment of mah qeen
random ytacc (4 days ago)
They don’t even use makeup and they’re gorgeous, I wish the celebrities were like this and set a better example for the new generations.
بسمي الله إنه أنا الله على كل شيء قدير بسمي الحي القيوم إنه لا إله إلا أنا ..بسمي العزيز الحكيم بسمي الرقيب بسمي الحسيب بسمي المقيت سلام
Charles Lassiter (4 days ago)
Y'all do realize that we're looking over a list of someone else's conception of "beauty", don't you? Still, I'll admit 8, 6, 4 and 1 had me shaking my head in agreement going, "hmmm".
George Gently (9 days ago)
Not sure any of these are what I would describe as pretty. I'm sure they were lovely people but, for me, the ones shown here pale far behind many others of their time.
Mark Tabiolo (9 days ago)
Bright Side: so now we're talking about Natural Beauty. *Koreans left the group chat*
Tenshi Munezu (9 days ago)
Luzon woman's beauty is mesmerizing
Bianca Lobsinger (9 days ago)
Lily Elsie is absolutely gorgeous. Not the best picture of her here. Very lovely ladies.
egroszify (9 days ago)
Most of the women were not that beautiful quite the opposite
One World (10 days ago)
I've always wondered, in the case of film noire, cinema of the 40's and 50's, why they have the 40's and 50's "look"........ is it SOLELY the hairstyle? I noticed Mary Pickford was included in this; had she not been listed she'd have been "conspicuously missing"; there's some other silent film actresses as or more "stunning", especially of the "flapper" era as seen in early Marx Brothers, Hal Roach movies, Laurel and Hardy flicks. An overview of fine art over the centuries can be pretty revealing of what was considered "ideal" beauty of those times. There's the "Rubenesque" (sp?) stature...... just shy of "stocky" with ample meat on the bones, but there's also trends in how faces were painted, accentuating the distance between the eyes, prominence of nose and shape of mouth, etc. Consider the cross-section of people in the position to "define" beauty....... their own ideas form the basis of the "market surveys" to which they refer as "standards". This sort of centralized authority has had an unfortunate influence in such areas as music, though........ just because it's on the air doesn't mean what isn't on the air isn't magnitudes better. Agree with the large number of favorable comments to the Luzon girl. I've always been fascinated with the entire culture of indigenous of the Americas, and curious as to what parts of Asia they came from....... AS fascinating is the variety of features in Asian cultures. I've always had an inexplicable ability to call the nationality of Asians correctly. Most distinctive are Japanese, but then in SE Asia it's pretty apparent Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Korean, Nepalese, etc. have their own distinctive features. On one side of a border, certain distinctive features different to the other side of that line. There is the fact that over centuries there was significant genetic "influence" by Japan's occupation of so many regions, but I still find it intriguing there are such distinctive features from nation to nation across Asia, and it seems the indigenous of the Central and South Americas have similar variety. Northward, North American indigenous range in "Asia-ness", with Apache/Navajo (Dine) having retained the most Asian features. Sorry, I know too little about the heritage I find so intriguing. In the case of this particular sampler, the Luzon girl could easily convince as a Sioux, Comanche, Cree, so many others. At a speculated advance of about 15 km per generation, depending on availability of necessities, that's a lot of centuries of stories of pioneers.
Darren Nicholl (10 days ago)
amazing photo s
nice (11 days ago)
5:12 wow, she really is pretty..
ayan buaya (11 days ago)
I think the number 10th was Segunda Katigbak
White Lie (7 days ago)
i also think that.. maybe because of the forehead? XD
Rose Petunia (11 days ago)
4:22 "Peter Pen"
marian frances (11 days ago)
what a sick list. there are millions of beautiful women in the world. men and children, too. what is beauty, is the real question.
wang john (12 days ago)
有点意思 开眼界了
barbara kaufman (14 days ago)
nineteen twenties makeup ..yuck
Mishelle Mccormack (15 days ago)
The women of today with their poison filled lips would be considered freaks and insane back then. They are insane . In an unstable society.
Matthew Williams (14 days ago)
Definitely lol
T Brown (15 days ago)
This promotes physical beauty of a non diverse group of women. Why not have a list of the most accomplished women? Why is there so little diversity?
Brian Ralph (19 days ago)
little Mary Pickford!
Anna Medvecky (19 days ago)
These are all young women....when all women are beautiful. Show me old women and maybe I might pay attention.
Salice McCool (20 days ago)
The Luzon woman is my #1. I see that I’m not alone - a lot of beholders here have similar “eyes!” (Gabrielle Ray, #15, reminds me of Princess Diana.)
sybradshaw79 (20 days ago)
Sad that there’s not one African American pictured in the bunch.
Rosie_Playz :3 (20 days ago)
The most beautiful woman is the first one
Bob K (21 days ago)
Why did you halfway block all the pictures with the clumsy looking discriptions? Could have been put to the side??
Layla Kat (22 days ago)
Well I think that looks don’t matter so I think that everyone is beautiful just the way they are
SvendBosanvovski (23 days ago)
All very lovely. But my favourite of that era was Louise Brooks.
Grunoloj (24 days ago)
Thank you Chaos for living today! If this is the most beautiful - what was the chthonic horror on the faces of average women?
GameTime (24 days ago)
Why the music got me spook at 4:00 am
Let's Go Pueyo (25 days ago)
Lina and Sylverster...
Walter Thompson (25 days ago)
Nice, and without all that garbage hanging out of their noses, ears, lips, eyebrows, and cheeks. Just plain beauty. No tattooed freaks either. Very nice.
Black Nationalist X (27 days ago)
I love all these beautiful black women on this video. thank you for sharing.
Kate Attenboro (28 days ago)
What is with the creepy music? Was it chosen just because all the names women are deceased? BTW, Olga Romanov was nice looking, but he sisters Tatiana and Maria were far more photogenic.
Paolo Cappelletto (28 days ago)
Number 10!
Oma Rumunna (28 days ago)
Half of these women were wearing the makeup of the time🙄.
WonderingLily (29 days ago)
What about Evelyn Nesbitt? She was so beautiful, ethereal. I believe she was the first, famous model. Before the term "Super Model" came to be. But these are beautiful pics of very beautiful women back in the day. The Victorian era is one of the time era's that I have always been drawn to. I admire that kind of beauty, I noticed Mary Pickford made it in this video. And I noticed one of the Romanov daughters as well. I'm glad, I'm also drawn to the Romanov family especially "Anastasia". I really like your video, the music, pics and effects all came together so well. Have a great Friday evening!
Doggy Blox (1 month ago)
*peter PAN
Royal Lioness (1 month ago)
I did not see 1 beautiful person
Cathryn Campbell (1 month ago)
Why did they not include Empress Elisabeth of Austria, considered the loveliest royal of her century? (Also a superb equestrienne.)
DharmaOfDog (1 month ago)
So interesting QUEEN MARY of ROMANIA use of the symbolic Spinning Wheel & Distaff - I believe this was often used in Romanian Royalty
Yesterdays beauty would not impress in the modern world!
HannaLOL123 (1 month ago)
only white women...
Pierre Pellerin (1 month ago)
That woman from the Phillipines is by far the most beautiful followed by that russian duchess Olga.
Tim Callahan (1 month ago)
A lovely montage of truly breathtaking women. I do wish you had included Olive Thomas, but hats off to the ladies you pictured.
Raven R (1 month ago)
2:54 is a beautiful woman. She should of been number 1
Blue Maniac (1 month ago)
No Mata Hari?
Ready Temp (1 month ago)
I never seen Peter "Pen" movie
The King (1 month ago)
whats with the dramatic tense scary creepy music anyway!! Lol
nativered1 Harris (1 month ago)
WOW!!! All of them had different types of beauty! Example: angelic face, tomboy face, innocent face, this was great but the music is a little creepy. lol
Ns Squared (1 month ago)
Sorry.  I thought a couple of them were downright homely.  And...Mary Pickford made the list and Greta Garbo did not? Really???  Ah well, "in the eye of the beholder".
Larissa Prinsloo (1 month ago)
nr 2 and 3 the same person
Daphne Diamond (1 month ago)
Marilyn who?
Channel Hue (1 month ago)
Who's Peter PEN?
Tom Hall (1 month ago)
I should have stopped at .01 into the video
Thrivalist (1 month ago)
music is creepy and the intense sound at each number sounds like a knife cutting through silk. thoroughly creepy ...stopped watching no matter provocative title.
MewmewGrrl (1 month ago)
Basically all average looking at best, but most of us make ourselves up so much today that it's hard to tell what we look like anymore.
W Ever (1 month ago)
So, the most beautiful women of the last century have been either white or East Asian. Good stuff, thanks. /sarcasm
Kwakhona Matyolo (1 month ago)
I was expecting something different like 1 or 2 pictures of African women for a change
Wade Raney (1 month ago)
Miss Bright,lovely ghostly looking 😉
Yeli Jeli (1 month ago)
Why such creepy music though??
VICTORIA PENA (1 month ago)
Is it me or does anyone else look at these photos that look like you and think if that was you in your past life?😄
Nancy l (1 month ago)
Plenty of these women are pretty. In my opinion The Luzon woman from the Philippines is breathtakingly beautiful. At first I thought she was a Native American with maybe some European features such as the cheek bones and nose shape. Hard to tell. Either way she has a natural exotic beauty. Not to mention that hair!
Jeth Bee (1 month ago)
She's my lola sa talampakan (great Great-grand mother) that Filipina on picture. <3
benny luken (1 month ago)
you got to be kidding me. where do you get the most beautiful ? My goodness , people just say and post anything
Puerto Rican Papi x (1 month ago)
The filipino women Gipsey and #1 . Just gorgeous
Puerto Rican Papi x (1 month ago)
benny luken which one. ?
benny luken (1 month ago)
are you kidding, she looks like a mother
Linda Lacombe (1 month ago)
I have to pick Mary Pickford as she was a Canadian and so very beautiful!
Tshiamo Mosella (1 month ago)
These women looked average to me........why didn't I see a picture of Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor now those are timeless beauties
Fairly Cotard (1 month ago)
Tshiamo Mosella Elizabeth, yes. Marilyn, definitely no. This list doesn’t include those who got any form of surgical enhancement.
Maia Maunsell (1 month ago)
The Philippino lady won hamds down. Not sure how.some of the others made the list but okaay
op pi (1 month ago)
The real thing. You surely know what you see is what you get. No need for extra makeup and plastic surgeries, right?
Deri Strong (1 month ago)
luzon all day long
sarahc00kies (1 month ago)
Where is the list for mens now?
Lyn Anele (1 month ago)
They all started to look the same
Katherine Gaughan (1 month ago)
Who the heck is Peter Pen?
michael davis (1 month ago)
How come Filipino woman only 10 when most people on this page go for here
michael davis (1 month ago)
I have always thought Filipino women were beautiful but I think this one is breathtakingly stunning there is no hair brushing here
michael davis (1 month ago)
The filapino girl is no 1 without doubt
Wendell Solis (1 month ago)
Luzon woman is the prettiest, not creepy just beautiful.
Eirene P L1f3 (1 month ago)
1:27 I thought there was no makeup? 😂 What a lie
Katherine Gaughan (1 month ago)
Nowhere is it stated "no makeup".
Pamela Dean (1 month ago)
My cousin Audrey Munson, America's First Supermodel, Miss Manhattan", the "Panama–Pacific Girl", the "Exposition Girl" and "American Venus.
Liliana Grace (1 month ago)
Im sorry, but Doris Stocker is a straight up Butterface lol. And Valli Knust isnt anything special either.
Karen Morgan (1 month ago)
Some of these women are beautiful and some of them aren’t!
L Breezy (1 month ago)
Maude Fealy and the Gypsy Girl with the mandolin. Beautiful thick hair. Pretty eyes.
AKimmd (1 month ago)
There is one thing all these beautiful women have in common: Gorgeous, healthy hair!!! Nowadays this is something you don’t see anymore, at least not in the heavy polluted, civilized countries. I really wonder why we all lost so much hair during the past century...........
Malgorzata Calka (1 month ago)
my favourite one is the 20th one her hair looks gorgeous
smashingchap (1 month ago)
# 10 has my vote
Anon Mason (1 month ago)
People think the 20th century was a natural look? They had more makeup than women do today.
Jacob Erick (1 month ago)
You are right, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I didn't find most of them to be beautiful at all.
Max B. (1 month ago)
Why the creepy music though?
blackflag 321 (1 month ago)
They all look average LOL 🤣🤣🤣
Shay Babi (1 month ago)
So I’m the past 100 years not one black woman was beautiful 👩🏾‍🏫🤔😂✌🏽
Şpäđêş :Þ (1 month ago)
This is creepy
Adam Rodriguez (1 month ago)
I did not see one beautiful woman in the whole video, who decided to name this the most beautiful woman of the last century?
JLJAMA Gang (2 months ago)
I just feel saddened that “black women” weren’t really considered “beautiful” at that time. ( with the few exception)
John Schroeder (2 months ago)
She portrayed 'Peter Pen' or was it 'Peter Pan'?
KARLITO SAMA (2 months ago)
Joyita Sarkar (2 months ago)
Nicole Rodriguez (2 months ago)
you put on creepy music in the background.

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