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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) http://www.pinterest.com/thebellydancer/

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.