There’s some information hidden somewhere about this too.
In some cases I’m going to make a lot of assumptions in my research. One of them is that the real women (like the ones in the photo above) didn’t make a career decision in the 1970s to avoid being seen as “too pretty”. They may have worked in an office that didn’t permit people with visible skin blemishes. But, if we had access to their records, we could find pretty much all of these “real flappers” for our purposes.
For instance, here are a few images of real flappers. They were at that time still living with their mothers and family. I’ve chosen to use these pictures, with the exception of the one below, as though each one was a whole individual. They don’t look like a whole person yet.
(Photo credit to the author)
In any case, what are we left with? Here are a few facts and facts about how the world of fashion saw its first (and, hopefully, only) ever real flappers.
What did real flappers wear?
While many historians point to the popularity of the word “flapper” as the defining cultural moment of the first half of the 20th century (and of course, it is), the truth is the real pioneers of “flap” were not the first woman to use or sell her skin to advertising. What the true flappers were doing was far larger than that. For one thing, these images of real flappers show that their outfits were not “flattering” in the way that many people think. If anything, this picture of one person in a flapper dress looks like a woman working alongside a man on a backwater street, where the camera would never make it look like a beautiful woman.
There is, of course, more to this culture of “flappers” than just women wearing clothing that made them “look” more sexually enticing. The women had many different things in circulation at the time. From the way that they were portrayed by the news media to the way they were represented in magazines and music shows (which often had women wearing skin, just a little bit longer and more revealingly, and often had only a pair of white panties to cover their legs), the real flappers’ culture was extremely diverse.
The real flappers were also quite a bit more conservative culturally. They weren’t “modern” in the sense of embracing modern ways and
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