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The Gibson Girl began appearing in the 1890s and was the personification of the feminine ideal of beauty portrayed by the satirical pen-and-ink illustrations of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson during a 20-year period that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United States. The artist saw his creation as representing the composite of "thousands of American girls."

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Belgian-born actress Camille Clifford first became known when she won a magazine contest attempting to find the perfect hourglass embodiment of Gibson's "girl":

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from museworthy

Murder on the Roof – Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, and the Trial of the Century

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Charles Dana Gibson (14/9/1867-23/12/1944) was an American graphic artist, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th Century.

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Camille Clifford. Gibson Girl. - With her hourglass figure, her expertly upswept hair, and her decidedly aristocratic air, she was everything American women in 1900 aspired to be.

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Gibson Girl - early 1900s Gibson Girl was the first national beauty standard for American women. Her neck was thin and her hair piled high upon her head in the contemporary bouffant, pompadour, and chignon ("waterfall of curls") fashions. The statuesque, narrow-waisted ideal feminine figure was portrayed as being at ease and stylish. She was a member of upper class society, always perfectly dressed in the latest fashionable attire appropriate for the place and time of day.

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Contemporary version of the classic "Gibson Girl" updo which was originally popular from the late Victorian Era through the Edwardian Era.

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