The Great Beauties.
The great beauties who take the social prizes in marriage, says a London letter in the "Ladies' Home Journal," are almost all bred in the lesser towns, where a less conventional society gives women a snatch at freedom in girlhood. You dont find them growing up with calisthenics, health lifts, ; and a massageuse to do their exercise for them. You all remember the painful story of a girl in a city home, surrounded by every care, who was strangled in the cords of her ' health pull' one evening, little more than a year since. Scarcely more pitiful is her fate than that of girls brought up to depend on such substitutes for work and exercise if they live. A sick amenric woman, unused, unable to care for herself or others, is the most pitiable, repugnant object in creation. You seldom find a lasting beauty which has not had a semi-Greek education of out-door life and exercise behind it. Take the beautiful Gunnings, who ran wild in their Irish country home till their calculating mamma had raked and scraped enough to take them to Dublin and thence to London. The Gunnings were unlicensed hoydens, but their races over the hills" gave them matchless complexions. Later still Mrs Langtry took her beauty course roving the Jersey lanes with her brothers in soft, pure sea air, living on peaches and coarse bread, with j usfc as little of lessons as sufficed to fit her for London drawingrooms.
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The Great Beauties., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890
The Great Beauties. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890
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