The Evolution of the Concept of Beauty

The Evolution of the Concept of Beauty

What is beauty? Nobody seems to have a solid definition for this term. This is because the concept is usually biased, adjusts regularly and is culturally relative. Simply put, beauty is fluid.

Women have always had to adapt to the prevailing beauty regimens to remain attractive. Taking a closer looks at this practices is the first step to understanding how the concept of beauty has changed with time.

The Evolution of the Concept of Beauty

Ancient Egypt (1292 B.C to 1069 B.C.)

Here, women embraced their beauty and independence. The society was open to sexual experiences and pre-marital sex was not a taboo. Moreover, women could divorce their partners brazenly.

Ancient Greece (500 B.C. to 300 B.C.)

In Greece, the women perceived men as their gods. In fact, the society was so chauvinistic that women were considered as deformed men. Therefore, beauty and perfection standards were applied to males, rather than females.

Hand Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.)

To be considered beautiful, a woman had to have a slim waist, pale skin tone, big eyes, and small feet.  The attraction to small feet is an aspect of beauty that is still popular in China.

Italian Renaissance (1400 to 1700)

Back then, beautiful women had full bodies, light hair and light skins. Furthermore, females were expected to match the social status of their male spouses, both in character and outlook.

Victorian Era (1837 to 1901)

Women had to wear in tight-fitting garments to accentuate their hourglass figure to be deemed as beautiful in this period.

Present day

Nowadays, women are considered attractive if they have a flat tummy and are curvaceous.





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