6 Past Beauty Standards That Are Dominating the World Right Now

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There are some looks that Hollywood falls head over heels for whether they are eternal iconic styles that seem to never fade away or temporary trends that we know will be far gone when the next fashion season hits. We can’t deny that the stars who grace our silver screen or pop culture scene have a similar type of spark that shines brighter than the sun.

1. Thick eyebrows

From fully removed during the Middles Ages, to bushy and untamed in the Victorian era
it seems that the trend of eyebrows has been everchanging throughout the years. The ’20s saw the rise of the extremely thin brow look which then transformed into pointy arches. The was followed by a bold look made famous by Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. This style has also been dominating our present times with many famous models and A-listers being recognized for their trademark thick brows.

2. Flowery and embellished suits for men

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We might think of delicate floral prints as a symbol of femininity. However, the trend of flowery designs for men wasn’t born today. The aloha shirt was first seen back in the day in Hawaii, almost a hundred years ago, when local Japanese women adapted flowery kimono fabric for use in men’s shirting. Today, many male celebrities are sporting suits embellished with blossoms and dainty patterns, proving that flowers can be worn by anyone.

3. Hair structure

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During special events or red carpet appearances, some celebrities are daring to opt for extravagant hairstyles that look more like sculpture than actual hair. However, this eccentric hairdo isn’t exclusive to our modern times. In the XVIII century, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was known for her over-the-top pouf coiffures which defied all proportions. Sometimes, these symbolic hairstyles were used to mark historical events like placing a ship on top of waves of hair to honor a French naval victory.

4. Fox eyes

Even though it has seen a sudden rise in popularity thanks to social media platforms and celebrities, fox eye surgery is far from being a recent procedure. It was invented 50 years ago by a doctor in Honolulu after being inspired by Asian eyes. It aims to give the eye area a more youthful look and open up the face by raising the outer corners of the eyebrows.

5. Pixie cut

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A direct nod to old Hollywood, pixie hair was first popularized in the 1950s by actresses like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. At a time where women were expected to have long hair, it took a lot of courage to go against the norms of society. More than a simple style, chopping off your hair surely made a statement against conformity and expressed female empowerment.

6. The glamourous blonde look

Blonde hair, defined cheekbones, and a pearly-white smile is a look that Hollywood seems to be smitten with. But this infatuation surely isn’t new to Tinseltown. When we think of Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, or Mae West, one of the first things to pop into our minds is their trademark blond hair. It’s a look that turned them into style icons who’ve forever remained ingrained in pop culture thanks to their blond glamour.

Do you think that fashion can be too risky at times? Do you like to follow trends or do you think that they make us lose our individuality?


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