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This research will analyse how physical beauty appears in several print genres to produce the first comprehensive history of how beauty ideals for girls were disseminated, consumed, and resisted in the nineteenth century. It will contribute to our understanding of how modern ideas about female beauty were shaped. In a contemporary age in which girls and women are increasingly undergoing cosmetic surgery to remodel their bodies, eliminate “ethnic” facial features, reduce the markers of ageing, and lighten their skin, the question of how female beauty ideals came to be normalised through mass print culture is especially significant.
I recently decided to expand the project to consider American print culture as well given that so many magazines and cosmetic brands travelled across the Atlantic along with beauty ideals
With a Canadian colleague, I hope to organise a symposium on the history of beauty in 2016.