Everyone likes to think that they shape their own style entirely on their own. One glance at the number of bearded men in plaid shirts strutting about should really make us question that, however. Nineties grunge, eighties perms and mullets, seventies… everything. Fashions age about as well as boy bands. Even those who go out of their way to avoid being fashionable are being shaped by the trends around them. But maybe those who don’t play the style game are the smart ones.
Anyone who can bear to look at pictures from their youth (the “blunder years”) knows the dangers of being a slave to fashion. Fortunately for us, that usually means shocking hair dyes or patchy peach-fuzz beards. Not everyone has been so lucky. Human nature never changes and you can bet that yesterday’s teens and trendies were just as susceptible to peer pressure as they are today.
History is littered with trends that caught on in a big way, despite their tendency to kill the fashionistas that fell for them. In order to get the hot new look, people have willingly put themselves at risk of burning to death, among other horrific modes of death. It’s not just written history that reveals the lengths humans have gone to for that killer look, archaeologists are turning up evidence that as long as humans have been human they have done stupid things to look great.
Here are fifteen ways to peacock your look, if you’re willing to end up dead as a dodo.
15 White Lead Face Paint
14 Radioactive Makeup
11 Tooth filing
10 Black Teeth
9 Gem Studded Teeth
7 Belladonna Eye Drops
6 Hobble Skirts
5 Arsenic Green Dresses
4 Artificial Cranial Deformation
3 Flammable Hairstyles
1 Foot Binding
How far are you willing to go for stylish feet? Chances are no further than a pedicure. For countless millions of Chinese women to reach the ideal of "lotus feet" they had their toes and bones broken. Once the feet were sufficiently pliable (shattered), they were bent over and tightly bound. From the 10th century to the mid-20th, women underwent this practice with the aim of having feet no more than four inches long. The process was obviously dangerous. Many women lost toes to infection and restricted blood flow, but that was all the better, as their feet were that much smaller. Some lost their lives. Surviving women with bound feet describe the pain of the ordeal lasting years. The tiny and unstable steps were considered attractive enough to make it all worthwhile.
Sources: wikipedia.org, smithsonianmag.com, wondersandmarvels.com, yale.edu, bbc.co.uk
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