Glamorous Women Of The (Not So Distant) Past Who Prove Beauty Exists Without Photoshop

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Every day, we’re inundated with the media’s perception of beauty and all the photoshopped glory it holds. Unfortunately, most of it is a caricature of modern society, with enough boob and butt implants to make us question our bodies and sanity (or let’s be real, what’s left of the latter).

Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and look at what was considered naturally beautiful throughout recent history. Granted, most of these women were still skinny as hell, but it’s nice to see true beauties who weren’t “discovered” for their sex tapes. In the eternal words of Fergie, these women were G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S.

Ava Gardner (1922-1990)
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Gardner was one of Hollywood’s leading actresses. She got to bang Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra, and was good buddies with Ernest Hemingway. She knew what she was doing.

Gene Tierney (1920-1991)
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Born in Brooklyn, Tierney was one of the silver screen’s leading ladies. She also unfortunately suffered from deep depression. Side note: she dated JFK, so she kind of wins.

Ingrid Bergman (1915 -1982)
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Her most memorable role was Ilsa in “Casablanca,” though she was also known as “the ideal of American womanhood.” She nailed a lot of rich dudes and is remembered fondly. #Blessed

Lauren Bacall (Born 1924)

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Movie and nominations wise, she killed it. Known for her sultry looks and distinctively husky voice, Bacall worked alongside other huge film stars, such as Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. She only banged and married the former, though.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Princess Diana

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Although Diana Spencer died at a young age, she made such a huge impact because of her philanthropic work–and because of the fact that she left behind the (hot) heirs to the British throne. She’s also possibly the only woman who can pull off that haircut.

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

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Known for her eight marriages, ridiculous jewelry collection, and, of course, her time on screen, Elizabeth Taylor is just as much a gem as the ones she firmly secured on her fingers. She also cofounded the American Center for AIDS Research, FTW.

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

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Most famous for her leading role in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Hepburn was not only a stunning beauty but a humanitarian, too. She devoted much of her life to UNICEF–not blankly staring into windows while eating pastries, as much as we would like to believe.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (1966-1999)

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In many ways, Carolyn was like us–born in Long Island, went to BU, liked hockey players–aside from the fact that she married a Kennedy. She basically looked like a ’90s J.Crew ad, and she unfortunately died with JFK, Jr. and her older sister when John lost control of his plane and they crashed just off Martha’s Vineyard.

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