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Miss World of the 1940s and 1950s – the changing face of beauty

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FLASHBACK looks at contestants in the Miss World and Miss America beauty pageants from the 30s and 40s. The concept of beauty has altered with time.



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The finalists of the Miss World beauty contest rehearse at the Lyceum, Strand, London. Heading the parade is Miss UK, Miss Anne Thelwell.

  • Yampster

    Before hair straighteners and anorexia were invented

  • I Am Me! Yeah!

    Still very pretty, but more like regular healthy women (not obese or excessively thin). These days you seem to have to be 5’10” 120lbs and somehow equipped with gigantic breasts despite your extreme thinness. And they probably used curlers, and of course they still have gobs of make-up on.