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Lina Cavalieri (1874-1944) was often referred to as the most beautiful woman alive.

Ziegfeld Follies “The Century Girl” theatre program by Raphael Kirchner (1916)

The elegant May 4, 1922 May cover of Life magazine. #vintage #1920s #magazines #fashion

Lina Cavalieri, c1900, She was considered one the most beautiful woman in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as vaudeville singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer, soon conquering the operahouses of Monte-Carlo, Paris and New York. She was famous for her hour-glass-like corsets, visible in photographs and portraits by Cesare Tallone and Giovanni Boldini.