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VIDEO: Here’s how women’s beauty standards have changed in the last 3,000 years

There isn’t really a “right way” to interpret female beauty. It’s all just based on what the society and cultural norms we live in tell us.

This past week, the folks over at BuzzFeed put together a video featuring a diverse cast of models demonstrating how the standard of beauty for women have changed over time.

But it’s not just a retrospective on recent history – it’s a look on how the standards have changed over the past 3,000 years.

It’s a good demonstration on how there isn’t really a “right way” to interpret female beauty. It’s all just based on what the society and cultural norms we live in tell us.

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  1. Daria

    January 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    It’s nearly impossible to read white on WHITE arghhhhhh…

  2. william schneider

    January 31, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Why make a video that you cant read as it is playing. Words are the same hue as the background they are placed against – stopped watching almost immediately – worthless info

  3. Pam Robinson (@PamRobinson)

    January 31, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Agreed. Nearly unreadable.

  4. Jonathan Morley

    February 1, 2015 at 2:34 am

    The Hollywood one
    – that woman is bigger than anyone in that era. You have Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Greta Garbo… Monroe was probably the biggest, and she was smaller than the model.

    Egyptian?
    In Egyptian art, women were always depicted as lighter. Just Google Neferti, she is pale.
    Take in mind that even though Egypt is in Africa… Egyptians were not ‘african’
    They were Arabs.

  5. Ro

    February 2, 2015 at 4:18 am

    If you are from Africa, you are African (except those white Europeans who invaded and stole from the native peoples) So I think it’s safe to say Egyptians who are from Egypt are pretty close to African. Even if they aren’t black, they are African. Because African is a nationality not a race or a skin color.
    Let’s use our brains.

  6. Carl Sholin

    February 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

    In this case, Arab is an anachronism. You’re right, the Egyptians did typically have lighter skin than the ancestral nubian population to the south. But, they were most certainly African, as they successfully lived in Africa for over 2000 years. That is to say, I think your comment is a little racist. You’re critiquing a buzzfeed video, because you think the one person of color in it wasn’t ancient Egyptian enough. What does that even mean?

  7. Kevin

    February 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Wrong Egyptians were a combination of Arab and African. Queen Nefertiti was of Greek decent. Nubian kingdom was when dark afriacans from Nubia ruled Egypt. The complexion of earlier dynasties are still up for debate in the scientific community. So beauty in egypt would depend on the the ruling dynasty.

  8. Tedros Cheops

    February 3, 2015 at 4:21 am

    @Johnathan Morley, actually they were not arabs during the BC era, the arabs came in the 8th century AD. If anything ancient Egyptians most resembled horn Africans (peoples with a dark reddish brown skin colour and more “caucasoid” features). The ancient Egyptians even have artwork comparing themselves to the peoples surrounding them and they were lighter than a pitch-black southern Nubian but much darker than an Asiatic semite/Cannanite. If they’re midway then in terms of looks they would definitely be in the same phenotypic group as horners (a midway between the black Nubian and the light brown asiatic Semite). Conclusion they were and are African, if you go south of modern Egypt where mixing with Arabs, Turks and other foreigners are significantly less frequent, the population is predominantly more in the brown-black skin-tone range and the facial features are a midway between Asiatic (west Asian) and Sudanic/Nilotic which gives a better suggestion of what Ancient Egyptians looked like (since Ancient Egyptian civilisation was predominantly towards the southern half of Egypt).

    Here’s a link for an example of one of those artworks:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/From_Giovanni_Battista_Belzoni-_Egyptian_race_portrayed_in_the_Book_of_Gates.jpg

    Furthermore you shouldn’t be using the nonsensical Black-White dichotomy when talking about cultures outside of the US, people don’t identify themselves as a colour but rather as ethnicities (linguistic, religious and historic). Just a side note from your neighbourhood Egyptian.

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