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.
With Edwardian era, that has lasted from 1900 to 1912 came many life improvements that we still use today, such as electricity, cars, and vacuum cleaners, but it has also given us a fair share of bizarre facts, most of them concerning women.
According to Bored Panda, beautiful women of the Edwardian Era used Belladonna, a highly poisonous and even lethal plant, drops to make their pupils dilate, making the women look aroused. They have also smeared their faces with lead cream to make them look pale. And a faint smell of dame’s sweat was deemed very desirable by young gentlemen and even got a name as ‘bouquet de corsage’ (literally ‘smells of the bodice’).
In spite of these absurd beauty trends, the era gave us some of the most beautiful women and emancipated ladies, here we gathered a gallery of 40 vintage portraits of beautiful women from between the 1900s to 1910s: