See How The Standard Of Western Beauty Has Changed Over The Years In Just One Minute (VIDEO)

Beauty, as the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder. But that eye changes, so beauty must change with it. In ancient times, women used powdered minerals as eye makeup and made wigs from wool, fiber and animal hair. During the Renaissance, plump women were held as the ideal — boy, has that changed. When the Victorian Era brought its standard of beauty, the modern age is said to have begun.

This video, from Cut.com, takes us from the 1900s into the 2010s, transforming model Nina Carduner into the “perfect woman” from each decade:

The hair and make-up weren’t the only part of being fashionable. Looking at the clothing fashions of each era is beyond the scope of this story. But you might like to have a look at this article to get an idea of the clothes that would go with the decades presented.

Women have always been held to a standard, sometimes to their detriment; fashions have maimed and killed many women over the centuries. The make-up that created the pale look popular in the 1400s had mercury in it. Those corsets which created the tiny waists of the Victorian and Edwardian eras damaged the ribs and abdominal organs. Eating disorders plague us today due to an impossible standard set by films and the fashion industry.

It’s nice to feel beautiful, to be told that you are beautiful. But beauty standards need to be seen as examples only. And lots of examples need to be out there. With the Dove Campaign For Real Beauty, Unilever is perhaps the only major advertiser who tells girls and women that beauty should be a source, not of anxiety, but of confidence. And, no, I’m not a paid spokesperson. I just admire the Campaign because it is inclusive of all body types.

Self-esteem should be nurtured in girls of all shapes, sizes and colors. Standards should be seen as what they are; fantasy. All girls and women need to set their own standards.