Is risking your life to be attractive ever worth it? Maybe, if you’ve been taught that beauty is the only thing you have to offer, or if everyone around you is doing the same risky thing, or if you have no idea how dangerous an everyday beauty regimen can be. Society has gone through many cycles of less-than-healthy beauty fads, from makeup made of lead to eating disorders. Weird History focuses in on some unhealthy trends of the Victorian era, namely consumption chic, corsets, arsenic baths, and wildly dangerous makeup ingredients. While we can look back and say “What were they thinking?” we also have to wonder what we are doing today that will cause people of the future, say a hundred years from now, to say the same about us.
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