Lipstick Meant You Were A Prostitute?
Early in the Greek empire, red lipstick or lip paint signaled that a woman was a prostitute, given that most women during that time typically went without makeup.
Lipstick (Almost) Illegal In Britain?
In 1650, Parliament attempted to ban the wearing of lipstick or as they called it “the vice of painting.” The bill, ultimately, did not pass.
Lipstick Was An Indicator Of Social Rank
During the Roman Empire, lipstick was used as a social status marker. Even men wore lip paint to indicate their rank.
George Wore It.
George Washington would occassionally wear lipstick. And makeup. And a powdered wig.
Arrested For Wearing Lipstick In Kansas?
In 1915, a bill was introduced into Kansas legislature that would have made it a misdemeanor for a woman under 44 to wear makeup because it “created a false impression.”
QE2 Had Her Own Signature Shade.
Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick shade to match her coronation robes at the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue was dubbed “The Balmoral Lipstick,” named after her Scottish country home.
Only Liz Could Wear Red Lipstick.
Elizabeth Taylor loved her red lipstick so much she apparently demanded that no one else on her movie sets could wear it.
Churchill: Lipstick Will NOT Be Rationed
During World War II, all cosmetics except for lipstick were rationed. Winston Churchill decided to keep lipstick in production because he felt it had a positive effect on morale. Needless to say, lipstick sales did well during the war.
80% Of American Women Wear Lipstick
In the mid-2000s, a poll found that 80 percent of American women wore lipstick, about ten percent more than French women.
Society has a long-running love/hate relationship with lipstick, and a vascillating perception of the women (and men) who wear it.
Numerous governments over the centuries have gone so far as to attempt to ban it. Not only was it a near legal offense, women in certain cultures were publicly criticized and considered prostitutes. (In all fairness, some of them actually were.)
On the flip side, the iconic beauty product ignited incredibly territorial demands from women like Elizabeth Taylor, who allegedly forbid the wearing of lipstick by any other women working on her film sets. Yet, ultimately, even La Liz couldn’t wrangle in the country’s growing obsession with lip color — by the turn of the century, a staggering percentage of American women revealed they routinely wore lipstick. Even more sowhen times are tough.
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