May 4, 2014 / Vickie Lester
The original Platinum Blonde in black, Jean Harlow
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I love this picture of Jean Harlow. She was a real beauty.
Gorgeous, and I was just reading that the toxic dye to achieve that fabulous mane may have poisoned her.
The poor girl had so much going against her from the biographies I’ve read. There is something vulnerable about her when I watch her, even the slouch. Part of the times women were going through at the time. The 40’s and 50’s saw women as Rosie the Riveter, hence the shoulder pads, the thrown-back shoulders, the lifting of the in-your-face breasts (no pun intended). Films are a like a mirror, they reflect the times and often we become an exaggerated reflection of ourselves.
I think I would have liked Ms. Harlow better if she would have stood up straight and not done that slouching, round-shouldered thing. The bra-less slouch is why I’m not so much a fan of the 20s and 30s. I love the 40s and 50s, when women stood up straight and put the curve in their lower back, rather than their shoulders.
Maybe the slouch was a reaction to coming out of corsets? I wonder…
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