Readers Expectations

Changes in Beauty

Work Time

Examine The Effictio Portrait . Then discuss what has changed since the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

Consider the following questions.

  • What has changed about the mainstream ideal of a beautiful woman?
  • What has remained the same?
  • Would a woman who was considered beautiful by society in 1600 be considered beautiful by anyone today?
  • What are some of the underlying reasons that mainstream standards of beauty have changed—or not?
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