Broaden Your Thinking

Today i will be taking Aiesha's topic of Historical Beauty Standards and their influence on today, with Sophies topic of mythical archetypes.

So first off i think these two topics seem quite different on the surface, as one is talking about mythology and how they have overarching themes, whereas the other is looking into historic events and their impacts on our daily lives.  So i will look into the first and most obvious thing, characters.  Historical beauty standards and fashion have in many places, created the ideal image of people too be tall pale, and willowy, much like many of the runway models we know of today.  However in Mythology there are creatures often told too be extremely beautiful and they mostly exhibit some of these factors.  The first is Elves, often considered too be tall, very pale, and slender.  They are icons of ageless beauty in many myths.  Another would be wood nymphs and dryads.  These creatures are thought too be the living spirits of certain things like trees, and bodies of water.  Often times they are thought of as tall slender women, in either light billowing clothing that accentuates the body, or too wear nothing at all.  Either way these mythical creatures fit the idea of tall, slender, pale, and lets be honest here, overly sexualized.  However that is just how we as humans work.

Another thing i thought of was the fact that many characters in video games, are based on myths and legends, but use fashion from very different eras.  Princess peach for example lives in a world with floating ships and such so we can assume its at least near our own time, however she wears the clothing more common to a high class woman in Victorian England.  She has a corset, puffy dress, and a parasol.  

Try and say that this: 


Doesn't resemble this: 

You cant argue against it because its true, they resemble each other greatly.  It was also thought in relatively recent history that any women's main goal in life was to be married and have kids, which fits princess peaches archetype of damsel in distress quite nicely.

So i came up with a question that i think melds the two of them nicely:  How have Historic Beauty Trends and Fashion impacted mythical archetypes through recent history and vice versa?

Thanks for reading i hope you enjoyed it,



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