The Loch Ness Monster (Nessie to her friends and fans)
1. In ancient Egypt, much like in 16th century Europe, lipstick signified social status—not gender—men and women of the upper crust adorned themselves in the cosmetic made of white lead and crushed red rocks.
2. However, in ancient Greece, lipstick signified prostitution. Prostitutes who appeared without lipstick and other makeup would be punished for posing as “regular ladies.”
3. In 1770, British Parliament proposed a law that would declare any marriage annulled if a woman was caught wearing cosmetics before her wedding day.
4. George Washington wore the stuff. Back in the day our forefathers wore makeup, powder, red rouge on the cheeks and lips, they’d top it off with a white wig. Chic!
5. In the 1850s, women were warned against wearing lipstick due to toxic ingredients and lead.
6. Through much of 19th century, lipstick was associated with actors and prostitutes, the kind of “transgressive” types rejected by society.
7. In the early 1900s, suffragettes, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, championed lipstick as a symbol of female emancipation and urged women to wear it. Suffragettes would apply lipstick in public, unheard of at the time, with the intention of appalling male onlookers in both the United States and England.
8. In 1944, Kansas proposed a law that a woman under 44 should not be allowed to wear lipstick as it would “create a false impression.”
9. In 2013, Turkish airlines banned flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish. While secular Turks feared this was the country’s way of asserting more conservative religious values, the airline claimed it is purely for aesthetic reasons.