Following up their December 2014 viral video 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute: USA , those clever folk at cut.com have released their fourth installment in the series, 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute: Korea.
The videos show an actress/model in time-lapse motion undergoing a century of makeup, hairstyle, and attitude changes representative of the beauty standards and zeitgeist for each decade of the last 100 years for each depicted country and culture.
The first two videos in the series looked at American trends for both white and black women, which seemed like easy and natural choices. The third video, released in February, intriguingly spotlighted Iran’s beauty trends for women. In an equally intriguing choice, cut chose Korea’s for March.
Here is the first video, depicting white American female beauty, in the series:
Although the model of course ages no more than eight hours over the course of the video shoot, she seems to represent beauty representative of different aged women in the videos. For example the representative look seemed late 20ish for the ’50’s and high school senior/late teens for the ’80’s.
Here is the video for 100 Years of Beauty – Korea:
I’m glad I wasn’t here in the ’90’s.
The Korea video splits in the ’50’s, depicting the political separation and split in beauty trends for the North and the South. Immediate comments from my small, unscientific, not random sample include “Those Yalu girls really knock me out”, “they leave the South behind”, and “…that Pyeongyang is always on my mind”. One stammered, “I want back in the DP, back in the DP, back in the DPRK.”
There is no word yet whether cut will feature beauty representative of males or transgenders in the series.