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A collection of women's fashion items that require sacrifices for beauty and are dangerous for health
For centuries, women trying to keep up with changing standards of beauty have made certain sacrifices, which sometimes were simply unknowable
The most controversial fashion items in history
They started special procedures as early as five years of age. In fact, after that, children’s feet did not develop, and the girls became disabled for the rest of their lives
lotus feet
In China in the 20th century, when the Song dynasty ruled, the tradition of bandaging the feet of girls became widespread. Perfect feet were called "golden lotuses." They could not be longer than 8 cm! Iron lotuses with a foot of 13 cm or more had less chance of finding a husband
A woman with a baby with bandaged legs
This ghastly custom has been banned since 1911
Small feet were considered beautiful. But without shoes, they were a terrible sight. "Lotuses" looked like ugly hooves. Probably that’s why this part of the body was not supposed to be shown even to her husband
All their lives the girls had limped. The Chinese found the unsteady gait and doll’s feet cute. The toes seemed to grow into the foot, the nails grew into the skin, and the skin cracked, bled, and rotted.
Hover over the image to take an x-ray
Giraffe women
kilos of jewelry is the best indicator of wealth
The women of the Padaung people of Burma and Thailand have a curious tradition of wearing many copper hoops around their necks. From about age five, girls begin to wear metal spirals, the number of which gradually increases until they reach adulthood.
The bulky "jewelry" makes it difficult to move the head, and the muscles that are supposed to provide this mobility atrophy. If these women remove the rings, the neck may fracture
Scarring on the neck after wearing rings
Metal rings
The corset is one of the oldest pieces of clothing that has survived to this day
Regular tightening seriously deformed the bones and internal organs of the beauties, the girls suffered from permanent suffocation, and constant lack of blood could lead to necrosis and true death
Girls were dressed in a corset when they reached the age of three, women did not stop wearing it during pregnancy and immediately after childbirth.
Initially, corsets were made of soft material with rigid inserts made of metal, wood, or bone. Beginning in the 17th century, whalebone, which was less uncomfortable and could take the shape of the body, was used in the production of corsets
The beauty standard for waist circumference was 33 cm!
The thinnest waist is Emilie Marie Bouchaud Poehler
The female half of humanity owes its rejection of the corset to the discovery of X-rays. Wilhelm Röntgen in 1885 made photos of his wife, which he compared with the photo of the body of a peasant woman, he was horrified to see his wife's mutilated ribs and displaced internal organs
Wilhelm Roentgen
X-ray of a woman’s torso while wearing a permanent corset. 1908
Bovine chain

At the beginning of the 20th century, weight loss pills containing tapeworm eggs were widely publicized
Hatching in the victim’s body, the parasites ate half of the food consumed by the "host", depleting the body. The horrible nematodes were up to 10 meters long.
The consequences of their presence in the organism were, of course, terrible. For they "undermined" not only the food entering the body, but also the internal organs of poor women  kidneys, liver, and sometimes even their brains
An advertisement for a can of tapeworms
In the pursuit of beauty, you should not forget about your health
In the pursuit of beauty, you should not forget about your health
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Ekaterina Filatova
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