Standards of beauty are not static. What men found attractive in women hundreds of years ago is definitely not the same as what they find attractive today. Take a look at these five strange qualities men found attractive in women throughout history. If they don’t prove that beauty standards are arbitrary, I don’t know what would.
In the 10th century in China, small feet were all the rage. Women would go through an insanely painful and dangerous process where their toes were bent and bound under their feet permanently. The process often caused infection, not to mention making it very hard to walk. However, they were willing to do it because having small feet greatly improved their chances of getting married.
The Beautiful Unibrow
An ideal woman in ancient Greece had but one eyebrow. They let their eyebrows grow across their forehead from one side to the other willingly. They also did work to make them look more prominent with cosmetics. Women who could not grow a unibrow would use makeup to provide the appearance of a unibrow. Oh, how the times have changed.
A Full Figure
You might have noticed Renaissance paintings portraying voluptuous, full-figured women, complete with plump, round bellies. This was the standard of beauty for women during the 17th century. Nothing was more feminine than a larger woman with lots of curves. It was both a sign of wealth and the ability to bear healthy children. In fact, corsets were worn to enhance the look of curves in the breasts and hips, not to diminish the size of the stomach.
A High Forehead
A high forehead was the pinnacle of beauty for women in the Middle Ages. Women would go so far as to pluck the hair along their hairline or even burn it to make their foreheads appear even larger. A very oval-shaped face was considered more beautiful and elegant than a round one at the time.
Mustaches Aren’t Just For Men
Facial hair is not something many women (or any) in today’s world are looking to achieve, for it is considered masculine and therefore unattractive. However, that has not always been the case. In Iran in the 19th century, a thin mustache was a desirable trait for women to have. For women who could not grow a mustache naturally, they would use makeup to create a shadow over their upper lip.