Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies.

Harris_covent_garden_ladiesHarris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies, published from 1757 to 1795, was an annual directory of prostitutes then working in Georgian London. A small, attractive pocketbook, it was printed and published in Covent Garden, and sold for two shillings and sixpence.
A contemporary report of 1791 estimates that it sold about 8,000 copies annually.
Each edition contains entries which describe the physical appearance and sexual specialities of about 120–190 prostitutes who worked in and around Covent Garden.
Through their erotic prose, the lists’ entries review some of these women in lurid detail.
While most compliment their subjects, some are critical of bad habits, and a few women are even treated as pariahs, perhaps having fallen out of favour with the lists’ authors, who are never revealed.Samuel_Derrick,_Master_of_the_Ceremonies_at_Bath
Samuel Derrick is the man normally credited for the design of Harris’s List, possibly having been inspired by the activities of a Covent Garden pimp, Jack Harris.
A Grub Street hack, Derrick may have written the lists from 1757 until his death in 1769; thereafter, the annual’s authors are unknown.
Throughout its print run it was published pseudonymously by H. Ranger, although from the late 1780s it was actually printed by three men, John and James Roach, and John Aitkin.
As the public’s opinion began to turn against London’s sex trade, and with reformers petitioning the authorities to take action, those involved in the release of Harris’s List were in 1795 fined and imprisoned.
That year’s edition was therefore the last to be published, although by then its content was less euphemistic, lacking the originality of earlier editions. Modern writers tend to view Harris’s List as erotica; in the words of one author, it was designed for “solitary sexual enjoyment”.
Read more via Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies – Wikipedia

Hair Fashions for 1930s Women.

Short Curly Hair in the 1930s (5)
Short Curly Hair –
The Popular Fashion Hairstyle of Girls in the 1930s.
In the beginning of the 1930s, women powerfully abandoned the traditional feminine image, instead there appeared a picture of confidence, dynamism which was strongly expressed through fashion, especially their hairstyles.

Short Curly Hair in the 1930s (2)

Women in this period often appeared with short curly hair, beautiful and sexy at the same time.

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Women of North Korea.

MihaelaNoroc1Over two years ago, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc embarked on an ambitious quest to document diverse examples of beauty around the world through stunning portraits of women from more than 37 countries.
Her journey has taken her to a diverse range of lands, including Tibet, Iran, Brazil, and the US, but her latest destination is particularly noteworthy—none other than North Korea, the isolated and rarely photographed East Asian nation.
Traveling to cities like Pyongyang, Sinuiju, and Wonsan, Noroc had the remarkable opportunity to expand her series The Atlas of Beauty to include the women of North Korea.
Her subjects range from waitresses to students to factory workers, providing a unique look at some of the 24.9 million people who live in the country.
“North Korean women are not familiar with global trends, but this doesn’t mean that they are not preoccupied with their look. They are, definitely!” the photographer wrote on Bored Panda.
“They have a passion for high heels and usually wear classic outfits, always accompanied by a pin, on the chest, representing one of the country’s leaders.
During celebrations and other special occasions, they wear traditional colorful outfits.”Noroc is raising funds via Indiegogo so she can continue her travels around the world until she has enough material for a book.
She says, “My goal is to continue and take photos of women from each country of the globe, showing that beauty is in our differences.”
See more Images via “Atlas of Beauty” Photographer Provides a Rare Look at Women in North Korea – My Modern Met

The Struggle of Black Women in Brazil.

Kolor Collective is a Rio de Janeiro-based creative group that challenges the struggle faced by black women in Brazil through theatrical and provocative art.
It was founded in 2015 by Franco-Hungarian photographer Pol Kurucz, who often touches on his own experiences of discrimination to call out sensitive social problems.
Image Credit: Photograph by Kolor Art Collective.

Source: Kolor Collective: Rio de Janeiro’s afro-feminist fantasists – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Toasting the New Year with vintage Shots of Ladies Partying, c.1900.

A Toast to the New Year With Cool Shots of Ladies Drinking in the New Year in the Early 20th Century.
Portraits from the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, show ladies partying the night away and obviously enjoying themselves.
The New Year is only hours away.
So, Let’s cheer it up by enjoying toasts with the ladies from the early 20th century.

Source: A Toast to the New Year With Cool Shots of Ladies Drinking in the Early 20th Century ~ vintage everyday

Stephanie Gilmore wins 7th World Title.

Stephanie Gilmore etched her name in the pantheon of surfing’s greats, winning her seventh world title when she drew equal with Australian legend Layne Beachley.
‘It’s an honour to sit alongside you, Layne,’ Gilmore said. ‘
You’ve been a huge inspiration for my entire career and for so many female surfers all round the world.’
Image Credit; Photograph by Ed Sloane/AP
Source: Guardian Australia’s best sporting moments of 2018 – in pictures | Sport | The Guardian