15+ Gorgeous People From the Past Who Could Hit One Million Likes on Instagram With Ease

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Researchers found that your beauty standards can change just from looking at one highly-pleasing photo of an attractive person. But we know that some beauty is timeless and there are plenty of good-looking people over 100 years ago that would’ve given even the hottest modern celebs a run for their money.

We at Bright Side put together a list of the most stunning historical people that will make you wish time machines were a real thing. A nice bonus will be waiting for you at the end of the article showing that age also doesn’t define beauty.

1. Hermann Rorschach — the ’Brad Pitt’ of psychiatry, according to his online fans

2. Benjamin Piatt Runkle — one of the Sigma Chi fraternity founders, who’s anything but what we expect a ’frat boy’ to look like

3. Anna May Wong — total babe of silent film era who let her eyes do all the talking

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4. Charlie Chaplin had to hide his boyish charm behind his costume to keep us focused on his comedy.

5. Cléo de Mérode was the most photographed woman in the early twentieth century. She definitely would’ve had the most followers.

6. Harry Houdini — you’d come for magic, but end up falling under his spell.

7. Coco Chanel would’ve served the most iconic OOTDs that everyone would die for.

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8. Evelyn Nesbit, America’s first supermodel, would’ve surely had posts with the most likes.

9. Geneviève Lantelme, the French heartbreaker, has features that define “romance.”

10. Marie Doro, the “eccentric Helena Bohnam Carter” of the early 1900s

11. Maude Fealy rocked the ’70s hippie aesthetic before it was cool.

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12. Johannes Brahms could make you swoon with both his symphonies and his disarming looks.

13. Lina Cavalieri — as legend has it, she received 840 proposals, so we definitely wouldn’t be expecting her to check all of her DMs.

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14. Lewis Payne is the ultimate bad boy of our dreams, and he knows it.

15. This Luzon woman of the Philippines — she’s so stunning, she doesn’t even have to try. She would’ve gone viral in a few days.

16. Lillie Langtry inspired Sherlock Holmes’ only love, Irene Adler, and snatched our hearts as well.

17. Rupert Brooke didn’t just use his poetry to make everyone weak in the knees.

Which one of these historical figures did you find the most beautiful? Do you have other people in mind who could complete this list?

Please note: This article was updated in August 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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I fell in love with #8. What a handsome man! I'd definitely follow him on Instagram so hard ?


OK wait... Lewis Payne where have you been all my life? ?


"You're the best frog in the world"! That would be a pretty cute complement for me haha


My great great grandmother, Eliza Chalmers, from Scotland was an absolute bombshell! She died in 1924


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