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21 Unrealistic Standards Of Beauty Set By Art History

Society has always pressured us to look a certain way.

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1. No one can be expected to be so hairless and muscular, and to be able to invest that much time and money on a perm.

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2. We can't all have eyes as bold and beautiful as this.

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3. And women cannot be expected to have such gravity-defying boobs.

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4. Or boobs that look like this.

5. We also really need to stop putting pressure on women to have more than two boobs.

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 832, detail of fol. 092r. Heidelberger Schicksalsbuch: Traktat von den 36 Sternbildern. / Via

6. And not everyone can have such chiseled abs.

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7. Especially not babies.

Can they even lift?
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Can they even lift?

8. Men don't need to be made to feel any more self-conscious about their members with damaging images like this.

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9. Seriously. This just isn't fair to men.

Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 0457, f. 273v. Avicenna, Canon medicinae / Via

10. And women really do not need any more policing over their body hair and scales.

Via the Bodleian Library.
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 337, fol. 85r

11. Women are expected to be not only tiny, but also lizard-shaped.

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12. Not everyone has the time to perfectly tame the snakes sprouting from their scalp every morning.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 64, detail of f. 390r / Via

13. Real women are not reptilians.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB Cgm 8010 a, detail of image 24 / Via

14. And honestly, how much highlighter would you need to use to for this look?

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15. And think of the contouring you'd need to do for this look!

British Library, Yates Thompson 7 f. 174. Book of Hours, Use of Rome / Via

16. Getting such perfectly coiffed hair is clearly exhausting.

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17. Seriously, maintaining a perfect feline physique seems more effort than it's worth.

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18. Frankly, preening one's feathers is equally exhausting.

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19. Not all of us were blessed with perfect cherry lips.

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20. We can't all be this hot.

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21. All that aside, where's the YouTube tutorial for this look?

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