Madisen Beaty goes for flappers, fashion and fun
With her pouty red lips and her starlet strawberry blonde hair, Madisen Beaty would have been at home in the roaring 20s: drinking the nights away with Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald or kicking up her heels in a Charleston or Foxtrot.
The flapper look was certainly a perfect choice for red carpet new arrival Madisen, who starred in "The Master.' She is young, fun, fresh and girlish on the red carpet.
Believe it or not but the whole concept of being a girl, of having FUN and of being free was born in the 1920s. In fact, the Atlantic Monthly defined the slang term "flapper" as "the symbol of budding girlhood."
Kiss of freedom
Madisen chose a vibrant red for her lips and classic dark mascara and eyeliner. Her look was elegant, anything but scandalous.
Ninety years ago, however, girls wearing the same ol' look WERE scandalous. Girls didn't really start playing with make-up until the 20s. Before, adding colours to your face was considered "loose"... in other words, slutty.
The key flapper inspiration in Madisen Beaty's look was her hair: her glossy red locks were side-parted, curled into pretty loose waves and pulled back in a faux bob. We totally understand that she didn't want to lose her locks (Hallelujah for illusion hairstyles) but in the 1920s, freedom WAS hair cutting.
As girls grew more daring, their haircuts (and their hemlines) got shorter... and shorter.... and shorter...
Flapping to a revolution
We talked about the revolutionary shirtwaist dress yesterday , but flapper styles really were part of the women's liberation movement.
The 20s were the "Jazz Age" and the wild music that was popular came with equally wild dancing. Gals couldn't boogie with corsets on (A, they were not made for flexibility and B, they minimized oxygen intake.) So, the young women of the day started going out at night without them.
Coco Chanel popularized the garçonne cut for girls: flapper-style dresses had drop waists and short cuts.
While Madisen didn't go with a flapper dress, her LBD was another timeless choice. Its dainty black lace neckline and short cut would make it a success any time and any place... especially paired with her chunky diamond stud earrings and simple black heels.
The fashion wheel
It's kind of nice to have a reason to look back on the 1920s and the beginning of fun and freedom in fashion for women!
It's also fun to have a reason to talk about Madisen Beaty. This newcomer is starting to flap her wings on the fashion and red carpet fronts.