Not only were these heroines and villains granted super powers — they were also given a haute wardrobe!
In the name of beauty and fashion, women will jump through some extreme hoops, and always have. Throughout history, the quest for beauty and status has taken on many different forms, ranging from corsets, teeth blackening (ohaguro), foot binding and rubbing arsenic on the face to achieve the kind of aristocratic pale complexion which meant you had never seen a day’s work outside in the sun. These days, it’s Brazilian waxes, eyebrow threading, ridiculous high heels and either fake tan or whitening. Let’s not even get started on the surgical procedures you can now undergo to become an idealized identikit Barbie! At the dentist recently, I was offered Botox or collagen lip filler. Well, if you’re getting stuff injected into your face already, why not?
Here we have 17 photos of early twentieth-century women being beautified by some terrifying machines, many of which look strikingly similar to what we might undergo today. Huh, they must be working then! The next time I’m having hot wax poured onto my crotch and ripped off, I will remember the brave sacrifices made by those who have gone before us…
Why didn’t I have these in the summer? I’m not going to sugar coat it, summer in Japan is THE WORST! It’s so hot that people send out “please don’t die this summer” greeting cards, so humid that you feel like you are swimming through the air. If you’re unlucky enough to work in a place that strives to be ecofriendly (like my school), you’ll be unable to get any work done all summer long, spending your entire day staring longingly at the motionless air conditioning unit.
If you’re a woman and have to dress up for a formal occasion in the dead of summer, you might as well wrap yourself up in plastic wrap and sit outside in the sun all day. Wearing panty hose while summer is in full force is a sweatfest for your–excuse the scientific terminology–crotchular region.