Deadliest Historical Trends That Prove Beauty Is Pain, But At What Price?

Most people have heard the saying “beauty is pain,” but some have taken it literally. Throughout history, women have gone to great lengths to make themselves look pretty, sometimes putting their lives in danger. Don’t believe us? Check out these historical beauty trends.

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An Hourglass Figure

When you think of the Victorian Era, one of the first things that come to mind are corsets. Worn beneath dresses to give the appearance of an hourglass figure, they were often cinched incredibly tightly, causing numerous health issues.

woman with corset tightening it
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Women experienced fainting spells due to their inability to take deep breaths, and they were more susceptible to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Worse still, corset wearing resulted in the moving of internal organs, the warping of ribs into an “S” shape, and a permanent misalignment of the spine.