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.
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
- 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.
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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.
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!
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!
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...........
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