We love it when makeup artists turn historians on us to document the evolving style of women, but often the images are glamorized and focus on the more elegant examples seen in society. Not this one.
The web's latest beauty history lesson comes courtesy of Polish costume designer and fashion blogger Karolina Żebrowska, who focused on what REAL women looked like in the 1900s-1940s.
On her blog, she explained why she decided to make her own version:
"The beauty standards they ['Beauty Through The Decades' videos] show are almost always our contemporary stereotypes of the past decades; for example, when it comes to the 1920s, it almost always is a partying, shiny flapper girl; when it comes to the 1950s, we always get pin-up. Not to mention that earlier eras (19th or 18th century) are rarely depicting truly historical beauty and fashion standards rather than creators' imagination."
From factory workers to those suffering The Great Depression, hers pays tribute to the average woman with a glimpse at their "look" which is forever dictated by lifestyle.
The message? "Please don't forget real women"—we won't.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.