Famous People and Hairstyles through the Years

Hairstyles date back hundreds of years and generally reflected what was happening socially at the time. Hairstyles have gone through many changes over the past several decades. The one consistency has been that the hairstyles that were worn by icons of popular culture symbolized what was thought to be the ideal. To find out more about the inspiration for particular hairstyles over the last century, read on.

In the early 1900’s wealthy women set the standard of wearing hair jewels and hats with veils and lace. They dusted their hair with gold and silver powders for the nights. Antoine of Paris created a look of hair parted in middle and swept back in smooth bands over the ears. In 1907 the Marcel wave swept the United States and Europe. In 1910 American nurses in Europe cut their hair short to avoid a flea infestation and the women in America began to cut their hair short for fashion.

The Louise Brooks’s bob became the popular hairstyle in the 1920’s as women began to express their freedom. They also began shedding their corsets to enter the workforce and in 1931 Jean Harlow starred in the movie “Platinum Blonde.” This hair color then swept the nation. Also in the 1930’s, Shirley Temple’s ringlet curls had women of all ages pinning their own hair into tight curls.

During WWII when feminine was ideal, women began copying Hollywood hairstyles. In the 1940’s, Rita Hayworth began the hairstyle trend of side-parted finger waves the sexiest style of that time. Veronica Lake and her cascading blonde hair defined glamour.

The 1950’s brought a trend of highlighting and Lucille Ball’s flaming red hair was an example. Also Doris Day had a helmet like hairstyle that inspired her fans and Audrey Hepburn started the pixie cut.

During the 1960’s people were letting their hair down and the rock group The Beatles, wore their hair long. This ended the gender norm in hairstyles. The Beatle look became a very popular hairstyle for men of all ages.

In the 1970’s, the musical “Hair” came out during a time of sexual revolution. Angela Davis’s afro became a symbol for black pride. One of the most copied hairstyles of the 1970’s was the Farrah Fawcett feathered back hairdo.

The 1980’s were an economic boom and women began the mall bang trend. Big hair and poodle perms were the big thing.

The 1990’s found many women heading to the hair salons looking for the Jennifer Aniston hairstyle. Her hair at the time was an angled, layered, shag haircut. And the millennium brought Sarah Jessica Parker’s flowing curly look back into style.

There have been many hairstyles over the last 100 years. They seem to cycle in and out with some variations.

How the Trend of a Woman’s Figure Has Changed Over These Years

Be it a female fashion model or an ordinary woman, there has been a significant change in their figures over the period of time. From a few decades back to the present, there has been a trend towards slimness as far as women’s figures are concerned. Beauty standard is something that has fluctuated greatly over the period of time. In the medieval Europe, overweight women were fancied. If one looks at the pieces of art created in those times, it is pretty obvious that obesity was a preferred feature in a woman’s figure.

During the Victorian era, it was considered ideal for a woman to be plump and full-figured hence, corsets were a widely used clothing item. At the beginning of the 1900s, slenderness started to be considered as more fashionable, and women started showing interest in athletics. It was the time when body weight started to be of high concern to the physicians. Women of this time were not ordinarily tall.

By the 1920s, the hourglass figure of the Victorian era gave way to the thin flapper and women achieved a washboard profile. During the World War I, an entirely different dimension of women’s figures evolved. This was mainly because of the active lifestyle of women during the war. Characteristics like energy and vitality were considered to be ideal and obesity meant inefficiency, and was considered as a sign of self-indulgence.

In the 1950s, voluptuous and thin women were considered as ideal. By the beginning of the 1960s, slenderness had started to be considered as the most important indicator of charisma. The women of this time weighed much less than those of a decade before. As the years passed, women started getting more conscious about their diet and weight, and they preferred slenderness to an hourglass full figure.

By 1975, while an ordinary woman had an average figure, the models weighed much lesser. This was the time when women started getting introduced to modeling, and they became very conscious about their figures. With the passage of time, the female models became only thinner than the average women.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, there was a lot of trend towards slimness, and it was considered attractive and promoted on a massive level. By the 1980s, women moved towards working out and exercising, to keep their bodies fit and toned. This was the time when a fit and toned yet, slim body was considered beautiful. The women, who were conscious about their diet, enough to maintain a fit look, now started exercising, which lead to an obvious change in their lifestyles from that of a few years ago.

As the years advanced, artificial methods of changing and maintaining the body shape became popular. Celebrities and models started getting treatments for making their bodies look more beautiful and attractive. In the 1990s, women were back to being voluptuous. With the passage of time, the trend has again moved towards slenderness, and now, size zero is something that is the most prevalent in the world of modeling. Even the ordinary women want to remain slim, and consider the hourglass figure as more attractive.