Beauty is something that everybody is conscious of themselves. More than ever the modern society and its people take care of their appearances much more than they did in the past. In the past, only the able set of people in the society could maintain beauty styles/standards and the beauty standards too were weird when we look back at them.
Although beauty and fashion always had different interpretations, some practices in beauty culture might seem a bit weird and far-fetched. But as much as people would try and just like how people would dedicate their time and effort to acquire beauty they desire, the ancient times were not very different. The practices and expectations that prevailed from those ancient times have caused the modern world to care about their appearance this much, making the present worldwide beauty industry to be worth over $532 billion.
These ancient practices of beauty standards are seen in bits and pieces in movies and documentaries to the public. But there were a huge amount of styles and details that the people in ancient times were concerned about.
We have gathered some facts and pictures about beauty standards in the past for you that were on the internet. If you scroll down you will find a bunch of practices that were done by people to keep up certain beauty standards that people in the modern world will surely find weird. But who knows if people in the future might find the beauty standards at present to be weird? Scroll down to check out the list and rank your favorites to the top of the list. Do not forget to share your thoughts in the comments sections below.
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In the 18th century, before the invention of hairspray, women would use lard to sculpt their wigs. Yes, lard. One of the downsides is that the wig would become a literal rat's nest. Sometimes rats would live in the wig for weeks. Women had to sleep with cages around their heads to keep the rats away.
In the mid-1920s, a bronze, suntanned complexion became popular after Coco Chanel fell asleep on her yacht on the French Riviera. The suntan became a status symbol for a person who could afford sunny vacations, especially for those privileged enough to travel during the winter.
During the Japanese Edo period, blackened teeth were popular amongst aristocrats and married women. Blackened teeth were considered a sign of beauty and the practice helped preserve teeth into old age. In 1870, this practice was banned by the Japanese government. Blackening teeth wasn't just popular in Japan, and some people still practice this today.