12 Of The Most Beautiful Women Of 1900s Edwardian Era

With the Edwardian era, which lasted from 1900 to 1912, came many life improvements that we still use today, such as electricity, cars, and vacuum cleaners. Still, it has also given us a fair share of bizarre facts, most of them concerning women.
For instance, the beautiful women of the Edwardian Era used Belladonna, a highly poisonous and even lethal plant, drops to make their pupils dilate, making the women look aroused (I’m not making this up, promise). They have also smeared their faces with lead cream to make them look pale. Oh, and a faint smell of dame’s sweat was deemed very desirable by young gentlemen and even got a name as ‘bouquet de corsage’ (literally ‘smells of the bodice’). And to top it all of, for a brief time in the Edwardian era, nipple piercing was the biggest trend (again, check it if you don’t believe me).

Despite these absurd beauty trends, the era gave us some of the most beautiful women and emancipated ladies, on which you can read in our list of the 15 noteworthy dames of the time. The list was compiled by Vintage Everyday, who picked the vintage beauties out of their huge collection. And don’t be shocked to see that the beauty standards were absolutely different than today’s – pale skin, dark hair, dreamy gaze, and super slim waists were the hits of this vintage style.

Lily Elsie (1886-1962)
Gladys Cooper (1888-1971)
Minnie Brown (1883-?)
Aida Overton Walker (1880-1914)

Maude Fealy (1883-1971)
Marie Doro (1882-1956)


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