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Things 1890s Girls Know To Be True

That's SO '90s!

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1. You're always in the market for a good Gibson Girl beauty tutorial.

Charles Dana Gibson / Public Domain / Via

The "Gibson Girl" style, based on the illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson, was characterized by a curvy, athletic silhouette, fashionable sportswear, and curled hair piled high atop her head.

2. ... And you're all about the "New Woman."

"The New Woman," a term coined by writer Sarah Grand and popularized by Henry James, was used to describe a new "type" of woman, one who was increasingly independent, usually educated and affluent, and who enjoyed more autonomy in the domestic and public spheres.

Shown here is Alice Guy-Blaché, one of the very first women to make and produce films.


4. Of course, you're well aware that, if you're NOT a wealthy, educated white woman in the '90s, life is not great, to put it mildly. / Via Scribners

Unsanitary cities, lack of education, attitudes towards immigrants, and cycles of poverty, particularly in cramped, increasingly industrialized urban settings, meant a hard life with no time for leisure.


12. You simply hate being called "two-faced."

Disney's The Haunted Mansion / Via

...Particularly since now you worry that it means others think you're hiding a hideous portrait of yourself as you continue to be young and beautiful and horrible. After all, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1891.