1.In some cultures, women’s feet were repeatedly broken and folded to create tiny feet. Then, they wore lotus shoes to keep their feet bound.
2.People in the 1800s used to believe eyelashes fell out from excessive sex. To prove their chastity, women had eyelashes implanted using needles.
3.In the Victorian era, bottle-green dresses were super popular, and lots of women wanted them. Oh, and it was green because it was dyed using a lot of arsenic.
4.During the Victorian era, women adopted tapeworm diets in the form of pills to remain thin.
5.Women sat under a permanent hair waves machine for about 10 hours to achieve wavy hair. Often, the machine would malfunction.
6.In many countries, elongated necks are seen as a symbol of beauty. This is achieved by wearing and increasing brass coils around the neck, starting in childhood.
7.Think everyone wants pearly white teeth? As early as 250 AD, the practice known as ohaguro meant women were staining their teeth black as a sign of beauty.
8.In European countries, having a pale face was a sign of beauty. People achieved it by painting their faces with lead paint.
9.In the 1910s, French designer Paul Poiret created the “hobble skirt,” which was so tight that women had to literally change their walking pattern.
10.On the flip side, the crinoline, known as the hoop skirt, was worn in the 1800s by Victorian women and were linen stiffened with horsehair.
11.In the 19th century, some men wore detachable collars that were starched to the point of being unbendable. The collars were lethal, as they caused slow asphyxiation or puncture wounds if someone fell.
12.Macaroni is not only a delicious pasta dish, but also the term for a really popular hairstyle from the 1700s.
13.Mad hatter isn't just an Alice in Wonderland reference. The phrase comes from the mercury used on hats in the 18th century that caused irreversible trembling and mental disorders.
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