Evolution of Female Beauty and Fashion in ChinaApril 23, 2013From the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China, marketing and promotional materials that depict female beauty have influenced the ways in which our ideas of beauty have evolved. More importantly, these pictures represent a snapshot of women's lives at the time.
From Breast Binding to BikinisMarch 30, 2012In the year 1920 in China, women still bound their breasts and those who wore low-cut clothing revealing even the slightest bit of skin risked being arrested by outraged authorities.
China's Plastic Surgery CrazeMarch 21, 2012Cosmetic surgery is a USD $2.5 billion a year industry in China and the market grows at a pace of 20% every year. An estimated 10,000 medical facilities and clinics in China now offer cosmetic surgery procedures.
Ancient Chinese Women: A Tige of Vrmeil to Pease the SweetheartJanuary 1, 2012In ancient China, especially in the Tang Dynasty, there were seven steps in cosmetic makeup for the belles: powder base, applying color to the face, eye-brow darkening, applying "forehead gold" or "floral twinkle/gold", painting the dimples, decorating the cheeks and applying lip color.
Ancient Chinese Beauty -- Blessings and CursesDecember 13, 2011China has been home to a myriad of beautiful women throughout the ages, and differing standards of beauty account for its wide aesthetic scope. Some women were lauded for their dancing or singing skills, others for their virtuous nature, and still others for their involvement in political intrigue.
Chinese Foot BindingDecember 13, 2011Chinese foot binding has a lot of history to speak about. Why was this practiced? How did it come about and what did it leave in its wake? We shall try and understand the concept of Chinese foot binding in detail.
Famous Chinese Beauties: Prostitutes in Chinese HistoryDecember 12, 2011Chinese history not only gave significance to women of Chinese beauty and intelligence, the Chinese people also gave meaning to the contributions of several women who engaged themselves in the most humble profession- prostitution. These women not only exemplified the real essence of beauty, they also served a pivotal role to change Chinese history.
Yang KaihuiDecember 12, 2011Yang Kaihui (1901-1930), the daughter of Yang Changji, one of Mao Zedong's most beloved teachers, was born in Bancang, Hunan Province. She married Mao in autumn 1920. Yang was not Mao's first wife: his first - arranged - marriage to a woman six years his senior was said, however, to never have been consummated. Nor was she Mao's first sweetheart.
Iron Women and Foxy LadiesDecember 12, 2011The CCP has been prone to laud itself as the champion of women's liberation. Right from the start, however, the CCP-revolutionaries seemed to have had a dual, and even contradictory approach to questions where women were positioned in the revolutionary process, and this has influenced the way in which women were represented in propaganda posters.
Beauties through Decades of China's Modern HistoryNovember 21, 2011Different political and social backgrounds create different criteria for what are considered to be wonderful women. Beauties of each decade marked different eras in China's modern history.