Women of Egypt

Beauty Through The Ages - Collected by A. Brytney Reaves

This is an aristocratic woman of Egypt. She is like a barbie, posed to perfection. Her shape is the archetype of how a perfect woman would look, her beauty defined by her linens and wig.It is in this collection because it represents the basic beauty in women.
A princess sits cross-legged and is nursing a boy. The wig is more fitted around her face and her clothes are short. Being a princess, this could have been the expectation of beauty back then for royalty.
Notice the headdress, bracelets and shoulder-length hair. The Lady is also wearing a sheer shawl over her garments while still exposing her breast. Here we see fashion becomes part of feminine beauty.
A royal teen is designed nude. Although her figure isn't fully developed, her adolescence was highlighted with lipstick and eyeliner. It's possible that one of her queenly lessons was about self-love.
After Nefertiti and Cleopatra, Hatshepsut reigned as queen, governor and as Pharoah. Her beauty was was shown in her regal prowess in politics. A funerary temple in Deir el-Bahri was built in her honor.
Her round face, fine clothing and long hair depict Chantress Nehy. The patterns in her hair suggest it is braided. Today, many have seen this style as beautiful and still do. The statue shows the progress toward a more cohesive look.
A servant in a temple, this woman is playing a sistrum in a temple ceremony. Notice her light, tan skin tone, small eyes and lips. Her face perhaps is not as round and more thin. Her earrings, her wig.
Once again simplicity dominates. Here is a portrait of an older woman with little make-up. Her clothing and earrings indicate she was probably well to do but may not have been royalty. This proves that mature beauty isn't as extravagant. The amount of cosmetic beauty diminishes as the definition of beautiful changes.
Isidora, a mature woman, wears pearls and gold as decoration. Although her make-up is minimal, her jewelry hints at her wealth status. With money, beauty is complimented with things, like the braided headdress and really fine linen. Being Romano-Egyptian, I'm sure there was more of an adaption to Roman culture.
A testament to the modern age, this rendition of Egyptian beauty is inspired by film. Here we see a simple look with a complicated style. Hair, clothes, and make up seem to make the beauty. The woman's natural beauty is now confused for the beauty she put on her face.
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