Beauty and fashion trends have remained the central axis of social status and acceptance ever since the development of society and social hierarchy. Since humans are social beings, it became instinctive to come up with methods to stand out from the crowd and highlight one’s individualism while still expressing their social status. Soon enough, the higher class indulged in practices that highlighted their social ‘eliteness,’ which other higher-ups quickly adopted; even those not from the higher kin copied these practices to feel like a social elite. These practices were not only limited to the high class, but every section of society found themselves following one or more of these ‘trends.’ They used them to associate with their individualism while expressing their belongingness and devotion towards a particular section of their socio-economic background. But often enough, these trends found themselves taking up some bizarre, disturbing, and eerie forms to stand out from the rest. Many cultures had some disturbing beauty trends that gradually became a social status symbol. Let’s discover some of these trends that might make your skin crawl.
Victorian Era aristocrats were obsessed with this modern-day emo trend
The Victorian Era was associated with repressive beliefs and strict ‘noble’ cultures where women were supposed to cover every inch of their skin, careful not to expose themselves as a symbol of their class and novelty. Imagine someone telling you that these social elites, the epitome of strait-laced primness, had a habit of piercing their nipples and other intimate regions?
Astounding right? Piercings over intimate regions were actually a fashion trend amongst the wealthy and social elites. Who would’ve thought there was an emo kid under those waistcoats and Polonaise-covered social elites? The most intriguing secrets are covered under the most repressive fashions.