Beauty has been an important concept in every period of history. In particular, the appearance of a woman was considered an indicator of social status in ancient times. However, we should not forget that beauty standards are temporary. Look back at the ’90s beauty standards. While straight and slender bodies were considered beautiful at the time, slim waists and plump bodies are more beautiful now. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the extreme beauty trends that women have done to look beautiful throughout history.
1. Small feet
Known as the Golden Lotus, this beautification movement originated in China in the 13th century. Because the most admired and preferred women of that time had small feet. Girls have been accustomed to tying their toes since childhood. This was called the “foot lotus” appearance.
2. One eyebrow made of goat hair
As strange as it may sound now, people living in ancient Greece believed that women with one eyebrow were attractive. In fact, women who don’t naturally have one eyebrow use gluing goat’s hair with tree resin and dyeing the middle of their eyebrows black to achieve this look.
3. Eat worms to lose weight
In almost every period of history, thinness has been seen as a trend for beauty. In the early 1900s, women ate intestinal worms to achieve that slimmer look. These worms, also called tapeworms, were put into birth control pills when they were younger and ate them that way. The rationale behind this is that tapeworms grow in the intestines to eat food and thus cause weight loss. When the person reached their goal, they would take the anti-parasitic pill and get rid of the tapeworm. However, tapeworms can be up to 9 feet long. It can cause side effects such as epilepsy and dementia. This is why it is so dangerous.
4. The emergence of tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is also known as tuberculosis disease among the people. Tuberculosis was one of the most extreme beauty trends of the Victorian era. Women loved the appearance of this disease, including pale skin, red lips, and a slim waist.
5. Poison eyes
During the Renaissance in Italy, large pupils were considered an attribute that only beautiful ladies possessed. To achieve this, women pour poison from the belladonna plant into their eyes. Of course, this trend is highly undesirable, because belladonna has side effects such as blinding people, blurred vision, and increased heart rate.
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6. Eye makeup with dangerous chemicals
The ancient Egyptians were famous for their bold and colorful eye makeup. Back then, of course, the eye shadows and eyeliners we use today didn’t exist. Instead, they prepared a mixture of green copper ore, lead sulfide, and lead-based clay to create their dark, heavy makeup. Although the result is creative, all of the materials used are very dangerous.
7. Pigeon droppings against baldness
Throughout human history, baldness has always been a major problem. So much so that some extreme steps were taken to get rid of this problem in times past. To remove hair, the ancient Greeks used a paste made from cumin, pigeon droppings, horseradish, and nettles. No one will be surprised if we say that this combination does not work.
8. Dimple machine
Dimple is a type of genetic disorder that consists of a deficiency in the cheek muscles. Despite this, dimples have been seen as a perception of beauty almost throughout history. In fact, you can now get fake dimples as a surgical procedure. Prior to this surgery, in 1936, Isabella Gilbert had invented a rather interesting machine. You can see this device in the image above, we really didn’t know what to say.
9. The forehead is eyebrowless and large
Queen Elizabeth I was considered a symbol of intelligence. In these times, women found that a forehead without eyebrows and a large forehead looked very attractive. To achieve this, they used bandages soaked in walnut oil, ammonia, and vinegar. We have no idea why they don’t just shave their eyebrows.
10. Black teeth
In Vietnam, black teeth were seen as a sign of beauty. But this trend also had a deeper meaning. Associated with spiritual beliefs, black teeth are believed to protect against bad energy. However, achieving this look was not easy. We don’t know how they did it, but we do know that the girls started this process when they were just 13 years old.
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