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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

VIP Opening Reception: Beauty or Torture

VIP Opening Reception: Beauty or Torture


Event Date:
Thursday, November 02 2017

What is the event about?

Join us for the VIP opening reception of Beauty or Torture

The quest for beauty is a timeless one and throughout history, women's appearances have been particularly subject to scrutiny.

Across the ages, ladies have gone to extreme measures to alter their looks, often in painful ways that conform to beauty standards of the time. By revealing what people of their time found aesthetically and socially valuable, weird beauty trends throughout history helps us better understand changing social climates. Of course, it's arguably important to embrace beauty as an act of body positivity, creativity, and agency but the extreme techniques remind us that the history of the beauty routine wasn't always pretty.


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