Historical Hotties and Heroes

I recently rediscovered my love for Amelia Earhart. Geez, who could resist that bomber jacket and killer eye contact? Then, after an inspirational section from my reading for this week’s Gender Studies seminar, I started assembling some other historical hotties.

Marlene Dietrich, for example. Glamorous enough to make both men and women lust after her in man-tailored suits.

Louise Brooks wasn’t the first to popularize short hair in the U.S.– that honor belongs to ballroom dancer Irene Castle. But Louise did star in the scandalously sexual Pandora’s Box, one of the first films to portray a lesbian subplot (via Alice Roberts as Countess Anna Geschwitz). But the hair? It would still be bold today.

Colette, French novelist, married an older bisexual man, left him for his affairs, & then had her own affair with American writer Natalie Barney. Also, performed at the Moulin Rouge with her lover Mathilde de Morny, where their onstage kiss nearly caused a riot and required police intervention. Beautiful example of a woman taking control over the full creativity of her own self-presentation and gender performativity.

I’ll have to follow this post up as I continue to assemble more historical hotties/heroes. Please feel free to suggest a figure!

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2 Responses to “Historical Hotties and Heroes”


  1. 1 dandelion February 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I really enjoy this highlighting of “forgotten” heroes/heroines. Marlene Dietrich is so cool. Another cool androgyn and very attractive star of that time is Greta Garbo. Both very cool, with heads of their own and a vast amount of charisma.


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