Sunday, September 26, 2010

LiPMW: Style of Women

So, this is my first part of "Life is Pretty Much Warped." I'm making it into parts because to be frank, it's to long to combine into one entire article.  So today this segment is about how society became what it is today with idealistic woman.

The first image of an idealistic woman came out between the 19th and 20th century. She was called "The Gibson Girl". Since there was no sources of photography and internet yet, she was drawn in ink pen by artist Charles Dana Gibson, hence the last name.

In the 1920s, this was the time of silent film. So many talented actresses shined through this period, but only one actress had sex appeal when she acted, or should we say she had "IT?" Clara Bow was a phenomenon during her time, creating sultry looks onscreen. Did you know, that Clara Bow helped incorporate sex scenes in films?

During the 1930s dealt with the The Great Depression. But sex appeal still cam out on top. The term "Burlesque" was an early development in this era. The most famous Burlesque dancer, was Gypsy Rose Lee. She was known for performing stripteases. Eventually, her influential life was made into a stage musical and a film as well.

In the 1940s, the second World War was happening. Since men were overseas in Europe, American stars, sent racy pictures of themselves. This is called "pin-up"  Stars such as Donna Reed, were pin-ups during WW2. But probably the most well known pin-up girl of the 1940s was Betty Grable.  Her iconic photograph of her wearing a one piece bathing suit, Grable holds the title of the number one pin-up girl during WW2.

After the tragic events during WW2 came to a close, people were happier in the 1950s. In 1953, Playboy, the first men's magazine, was launched by Hugh Hefner.  Marilyn Monroe, a well-known actress as well as an iconic pin-up was the first women to grace the cover of Playboy.

The 1960s was a time of innovation. Television was booming, even fashion spiced up this era.  Woman created their own style. Twiggy rocked the pixie with mod eye makeup. Tina Louise was the foxy red haired, "Ginger Grant" on Gilligan's Island.  But the woman who had so much impact and controversy during this time, was French import Brigitte Bardot.  She was known for having sex-kitten roles in various films. Bardot sported the smokey eyes,  cascading blonde waves and a subtle gap toothed smile.

The 1970s involved big hair and great music. Don't forget about the trends of woman now!  Woman developed the tomboy look, wearing jeans and just looking comfy. Charlie's Angels was a television show that was about three beautiful woman, trying to stop crime. The three woman on the show: Jaqueline Bisset, Farrah Fawcett,  and Cheryl Ladd were all influential when it came to looks and fashion.

During the 1980s, it was all about being wild and being you. Woman developed their own style and became their own person. Woman of the 80s dressed loud and wild. You had woman who had sex appeal like Tawny Kittaen or  even Kelly LeBrock. But most women were influenced by Madonna, who was known for having a unique sense of style.

When the 1990s is talked about today, many people don't know what went on because their was so many things involved in the 1990s. You may think woman were into the grudge style, but that was very rare, or even the hip-hop style for American woman was also rare as well. 90210, the zip code in Beverly Hills and known as one of the most watched shows in the 90s. 902l0 was named the most stylish on T.V. during the 90s and some say even today as well.

The 2000s developed no fashion whatsoever, it just brought back old fashion trends. The terms "trashy" and "skanky" came into to play when celebrities tried to hard and left to much to imagine.  Stars like, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey were known for dressing a tad bit trashy while on the red carpet. Probably the most watched, followed, and influenced star in the 2000s was Britney Spears. She had the good girl image, but she would always up her game and her style too, which many woman followed.

Now. Our society has two different styles:
Modest. and Super Skank.

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