The idolized women of the early 20th century: Who was The “Gibson Girl”?

Created through the pen & ink illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson, The “Gibson Girl” was portrayed as the feminine ideal from the 1890’s until World War I.

With a beautiful symmetrical face, she was tall and slim-waisted yet voluptuous. The Gibson Girl was depicted by her talents and interests, and she set the standard for feminine beauty and behavior.

Whilst her beauty captured the hearts of many the Gibson Girl was also shown as an independent and assertive young lady; especially when accompanied in scenes with her handsome counterpart the “Gibson Man”.

Although her fame faded during the war, her active and vital persona paved the way for future icons, such as the flapper of the 1920’s.

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Irene Langhorne – Charles Dana Gibson’s wife and muse, with the signatory pompadour hairstyle of the “Gibson Girl”

 

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Portraying the weaker sex – Gibson Girl’s examining a man under a magnifying glass.