The "Hottentot Venus", drawn from a wax cast made in Paris. From The Human Race. On December 31, 1816 Saartje Baartman died in Paris. She had been ill for three days, perhaps stricken with smallpox, before she and her...
Hello everyone, I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed this comparison and similarity. In the late 1800's Victorian women used to wear dresses that extended their booty. I've always wondered what was the inspiration behind that since MOST white womens bootys do not curve that way. I've always pondered on whether they were influenced by the curves of an African woman. If you have not heard about the story of Sara Baartman, then google her before you continue to read on. Her story roughly coincides with the era when these bustle dresses came into fashion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saartjie_Baartma... Let me just add to this by saying that these victorian designers may not have been influenced by Sara Baartman, but they were almost certainly influenced by African womens behinds. I cannot see anywhere in history of Europeans extending their bums out before contacts with Africans. Although europeans and africans were in contact with each other 100s of years before the 1800s, it probably took them years of swallowing of pride to admit to them selves that they found this attractive. Here is a website if you dont know what bustle dresses look like or you just want more info. http://www.fashion-era.com/bustles.htm Again I am not saying that this is a complete fact, as I don't know anyone who has written on this subject but to me its common sense. http://www.topix.com/forum/afam/T54T80BE8K9NS6G48
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