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100-Year-Old Photos of the Most Beautiful Women of the Last Century

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to the well-known saying. Yet it is only in the present day that our eyes need to make some effort to find beauty in so many faces. When it comes to women of the past, their appearance was unquestionably pure. One can be sure — this beauty is as real as it gets.

We at Bright Side are devoted fans of the natural look — and want you to see this gallery of women from the era of no Botox, no plastic surgery, and no eye patches.

1. Ione Bright

A minor Broadway actress with a major otherworldly beauty.

2. Lina Cavalieri

A famous Italian opera singer whose image and hourglass figure could be seen everywhere — from soap packaging to postcards.

3. Cleo de Merode

French dancer who won the “Queen of Beauty” award in the first ever “Top Beautiful Women” contest organized by Illustration magazine in 1896.

4. Maude Adams

An American actress who achieved fame by playing the role of Peter Pen in a Broadway production.

5. Carolina Otero

Known as “La Belle,” Carolina was a French dancer and singer who was hugely popular among the royalty of many countries.

6. Maude Fealy

An American stage and silent film actress who also lived through the talking movie age.

7. Rita Martin

A suffragist and a photographer who also deserved to be photographed as much as possible.

8. Lily Elsie

An English actress and singer of the Edwardian era.

9. Luzon woman of the Philippines

Breathtaking proof of the simple fact that you don’t need a Nikon and Urban Decay to create a masterpiece shot.

10. Jean Aylwin

A successful comedy actress of the Edwardian era.

11. Mary Pickford

“America’s sweetheart” and “the girl with the curls,” she was a Canadian-born film actress and her real name was Gladys Louise Smith.

12. Valli "Valli" Knust

A musical and silent film actress descending from an old English family.

13. Gabrielle Ray

Considered one of the most photographed women in the world, she was truly a beauty to be captured.

14. Anna May Wong

The first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.

15. Queen Mary of Romania

The last queen of Romania, very popular among her own people and worldwide.

16. Doris Stocker

An Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900s.

17. Agnes Ayres

A silent film era star.

18. Gypsy girl with mandolin

Esmeralda of the 20th century.

Gorgeous hair, natural blush, unaltered facial features, elegant gestures, and an eloquent style make these women unique and beautiful in their own way. Hopefully, the tendency to be proud of who you are and pay less attention to fashion trends will stay around for a long time.

Who is your favorite beauty out of these 20? Share your opinions and give us more examples of amazing women!

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