I recently had a prized bit of down time, naturally, I decided it would be best to watch online videos.
Somehow I found myself repeatedly watching the Glam, Inc. YouTube channel, watching those 100 Years of Blank videos (there were also a few Allure videos, which is not the point but I am only being thorough). I strongly believe everyone should know what I’m talking about, but if you don’t, then allow me to enlighten you:
These various companies and publications (Glam, Allure, Glamour…to name a few) produce a series of videos that never really exceed four minutes in which they display various styles and beauty techniques and trends throughout (most of the time) the past century. This is usually accompanied by a painful attempt of mashing together a bunch of period music.
I enjoy these videos because I’m a geek when it comes to history, and I actually feel stupid saying the word geek, but it is okay. Point: they’re cool, you can blow through a bunch of them really fast, and you should consider watching them. But bear this in mind: the videos are historically inaccurate in some aspects, and it took a short parody to make me even think about that.
I found the video while scrolling along, and it was uploaded by this woman named Karolina Zebrowska. It’s titled “Real Women – Beauty Through The Decades The Realistic Way” and it’s different from its mainstream counterpart in many ways. It alternates between a more well-known visual of a woman from the decade and a more dour woman that is often overlooked. The video does not depict “real women” over the course of a century; it’s only from 1900 to 1940, but it’s still packed with historical styles and it’s still pretty darn short. The music is this continuous piano tune that (though vaguely depressing) gets the job done.
(I kind of feel like I’m watching one of those animal cruelty commercials with Lori Loughlin if I close my eyes, but then I open them and it’s not, so it’s cool.)
One thing that’s awesome about the music is that lid over it are sound effects one might expect from the woman being depicted. For instance, the 1900s focuses on the iconic turn-of-the-century “Gibson Girl” and then her realistic counterpart: a factory worker. The scene is accompanied by industrial sound effects and a statistic stating that 41 percent of factory workers were female in 1901. The video then takes us through the Titanic era/suffragette movement of the 1910s, the silent film/domestic servitude contradiction of the 1920s (with a staggering statistic that reveals one in every nine women worked in domestic service in that decade), the femme fatale/Great Depression conflict of the 1930s, and the Betty Grable/WWII nurse boundary of the 1940s (which features really bothersome sirens and a blood-spattered model).
The video got me to further investigate Betty Grable and female factory employee incidents (have you read about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911? That’s fine, the link to Google is google.com), and I realized how much I’ve missed in all the history classes I’ve taken (or rather, what the curriculum didn’t think was worth the limited time available).
While I must disagree with Zebrowska’s thought of only these women being considered real women (at least that’s how it came across, but I could be misinterpreting things) – because all women are REAL WOMEN, whoo!!! – I’m all here for the rest of the video. It is literally not even two minutes, which means most of us can sit down and watch it maybe right now.
Smash that like button while you’re at it! (LOL, gross.)