Compare these models with contemporary. It's interesting how the meaning of the word beautiful has changed over the years. I don't think the new woman would put up with it!
The idea of the "new woman" began in the late 19th century, and carried over into the 1920s. I find these women to be so fascinating because they were among the first to recognize their ability to break social bounds.
If you want to learn more, read this article at the Edwardian Promenade.
The owner of this blog is fantastic and so well-versed in the Edwardian Era.
Oh, and I thought you might enjoy the bathing suits from the 1910s. How scandalous!