100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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:


Ione Bright

#ionebright#1910s#silentera#silentmovies

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A minor Broadway actress with a significant otherworldly beauty.


Lina Cavalieri

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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A popular Italian opera singer whose image and hourglass figure could be seen literally everywhere — from postcards to soap packaging.


Cleo de Merode

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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A French dancer that won the “Queen of Beauty” award in the first ever “Top Beautiful Women” contest that Illustration magazine in 1896 organized.


Maude Adams

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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An American actress that achieved fame by playing the role of Peter Pen in a Broadway production.


Carolina Otero

~ The famous dancer, La belle Otero ~ . Carolina “La Belle” Otero (1868–1965) was a Spanish actress, dancer and courtesan. Born Augustina del Carmen Otero Iglesias in Valga, she was the daughter of a Spanish single mother, Carmen Otero Iglesias, and a Greek army officer, named Carasson. Her family was impoverished, and as a child she moved to Santiago de Compostela working as a maid. At ten she was raped, and at fourteen she left home with her boyfriend and dancing partner, and began working as a singer/dancer in Lisbon. In 1888 she found a sponsor in Barcelona who moved with her to Marseilles in order to promote her dancing career in France. She soon left him and created the character of La Belle Otero, fancying herself an Andalusian gypsy. She was pretty, confident, intelligent, with an attractive figure. She wound up as the star of Folies Bèrgere productions in Paris. One of her most famous costumes featured her voluptuous bosom partially covered with glued-on precious gems, and the twin cupolas of the Hotel Carlton built in 1912 in Cannes are popularly said to have been modeled upon her breasts. Within a short number of years, Otero grew to be the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She was serving, by this time, as a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men of the day, and she chose her lovers carefully. She associated herself with the likes of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele D'Annunzio. Her love affairs made her infamous, and the envy of many other notable female personalities of the day. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs with Otero ended. In August 1898, in St-Petersburg, the French film operator Félix Mesguich (an employee of the Lumière company) shot a one-minute reel of Otero performing the famous "Valse Brillante." . #labelleotero #carolinaotero #dancer #courtesan #history #historylover #woman #queen #strong #art #artlover #arthistory #historyofart #artist #painting #womenfromhistory

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Famous as “La Belle,” Carolina was a French dancer and singer, hugely popular among the royalty of several countries.


Maude Fealy

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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An American stage and silent movie actress who also lived through the talking film age.


Rita Martin

#ritamartin#actress#1910

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A suffragist and a photographer that also deserved to be photographed.


Grand Duchess Olga

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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The eldest daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, whose whole family was slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia.


Lily Elsie

Lily Elsie - dreamy

An English actress and singer of the Edwardian era.


Luzon woman of the Philippines

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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Breathtaking proof of the simple fact that you do not need a Nikon and Urban Decay to create a masterpiece shot.


Jean Aylwin


A successful comedy actress of the Edwardian era.


Anna Pavlova

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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A Russian prima ballerina of the renowned Imperial Russian Ballet.


Mary Pickford

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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“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

#vallivalli#1922#theatre#actress#bassano

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A musical and silent film actress descending from an old English family.


Gabrielle Ray

Gabrielle Ray (Davidson Bros.)

Considered one of the most photographed women in the world, she was indeed a beauty to be captured.


Anna May Wong

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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The first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.


Queen Mary of Romania

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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The last queen of Romania, very popular among her people and worldwide.


Doris Stocker

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

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An Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900s.


Agnes Ayres

Agnes Ayres 07

A silent film era star.


Gypsy girl with mandolin

100-Year-Old Photographs Depict Some Of The Most Beautiful Women Of The 20th Century

Esmeralda of the 20th century.


Preview photo credit Francisco Van Camp / Wikimedia Commons, Portland Center Stage

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