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How to be Pretty – 1940’s Guide for High School Girls

October 9, 2019

Good morning girls I’m going to talk to
you this morning about the way you look Now I’ve heard it said that we women
attach too much importance to our appearance. But that isn’t true. After all
the way we look exert so much influence on the way we feel and on the way other
people feel about us that it really is very important. When I talk about good
appearance or good grooming or looking your best You probably think immediately of clothes or hairstyle or makeup. Well I
realize that those things are especially interesting to you and they are
important and I am going to talk about them. But please remember that they are
just really the trimmings, just like the icing on a cake.
If the icing is very good then that’s fine. But if the cake itself isn’t good
you’ll soon lose interest in the icing. So let’s start with the cake and come
back to the trimmings later. Basically of course, good health and intelligent
physical care are the foundations of all beauty. We all want a lovely skin, shining
eyes, a beautiful smile and loads of pep. But we can’t have them, except in a
healthy clean body and I mean clean ! Remember you can’t have good looks
without soap and water. There’s no substitute for the daily bath as a
groundwork for glamour. Brilliant teeth need brushing. Gleaming hair means
frequent and thorough shampooing. Keep that air of freshness by using a
deodorant regularly. It’s a shortcut to social security. Sleep comes next to
cleanliness as a beauty base and I mean sleep. Not just go to bed if that means
sitting up writing letters or listening to music. I’ve seen lots of sparkling
eyes and good complexions sacrificed to swing records at bedtime.
Mind you I’m all for music and it’s place. But there is a lot of sound sense in that
old expression – beauty sleep. So snap out that light early enough
every night to get eight or nine hours of this most effective beauty treatment.
And then there’s this business of eating It worries me to see that so many girls
think a balanced diet consists of soda pop and a sandwich or a big gooey Sunday.
Let’s remember what we were taught in home economics about a well-balanced
diet. Meat, cheese, eggs or fish. Milk butter, bread, fresh fruits, especially
citrus fruits. Green and starchy vegetables in proper proportion and of
course the sweets. And please go easy on fried foods. Beautiful skin, vitality, fluffy
hair. All the things you want, begin with a balanced diet. So watch it girls, it pays big dividends. Then there’s exercise, preferably outdoors. And when I say exercise, many of you may think of work. Well a little work as a helpful
beauty hint . But so is outdoor play I’ll leave it to your own conscience
whether you work in the garden, ride a bike, play ball, hike swim or ski. And try
to spend some time every day outdoors developing the grace that comes from
toned up muscles and a complexion that goes with good circulation. And even the
ordinary things that you do every day can help to make you more graceful. But
none of you do them like this. Walking up stairs reaching up to a high shelf
dusting, all can be good body conditioning if you use your muscles to do them
vigorously, instead of slouching through them. I’d like to speak to you please Miss
Stuyvesant. Go ahead, I want you to ask questions ! Well I guess I have a round face and I wear my hair the way you said I shouldn’t and I don’t see how things like that and posture and
mannerisms and the other things will make a girl more popular if she’s not
pretty to begin with. Sometimes I could shake you girls when you worry so much about being pretty or not being pretty as though prettiness were a woman’s only
attraction. If you’d spend just one month doing everything I talked about to make
the most of your appearance, you wouldn’t need to worry about being pretty or
popular. I wish that I could wave a magic wand, to show you what the difference
would be. Presto like that ! Why it does work. You will be prettier.
You will be more popular.


  • Reply Danny Joyce October 7, 2019 at 2:00 am

    You're gonna be po-pu~ler

  • Reply Carol Koski October 7, 2019 at 2:17 am

    how and why does most of this still can be used today-
    im scared

  • Reply Kate October 7, 2019 at 2:25 am

    "deodorant is a shortcut to social security" 😂

  • Reply Jeff B October 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Taught by the zombie reptile queen from Beta 12.

  • Reply Cece May October 7, 2019 at 2:57 am

    why is youtube recommending this now?
    its from 79 years ago!

  • Reply Alexa Salinas October 7, 2019 at 3:18 am

    4:31– 4:33

    Dang. Janet glowed up.

  • Reply 1337fraggzb00N October 7, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Today: obese bitches just yell at random people.

  • Reply Vlera B. October 7, 2019 at 4:07 am

    I love how americans used to talk back then

  • Reply DanAndHoe October 7, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Incredible. In the US there was a guide on how to look pretty. In the Netherlands we were rebuilding destroyed neighbourhoods and still lacked many basic goods after the hunger winter of 1944/45. Honestly sometimes I forget how different the post-war years were for different countries.

  • Reply Saffythecob October 7, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Shit. I better get to bed!

  • Reply Leah Hunter October 7, 2019 at 4:47 am

    The girl in the end looked like the same girl in that multiple personality disorder video

  • Reply Anna F October 7, 2019 at 4:48 am

    3:06 that swing though…. rip

  • Reply Maddie October 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Surprisingly sound advice from the 40s. Look after your body and it'll look after you!

  • Reply Miranda Hoover October 7, 2019 at 5:25 am

    When she started talking about that makeup/hair being the icing and that its the cake that matters, I was expecting some positive encouragement on building one's character. Cleanliness and excercise are good and all, but don't get it twisted – this is still just grooming highschoolers into housewives.

  • Reply Flowersun-22 October 7, 2019 at 5:25 am

    wait. why is this in my recommendations???

  • Reply Teal MacFarlane October 7, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I expected this to be really cheesy and outdated, but it 97% still holds up.

  • Reply kiikat October 7, 2019 at 5:45 am

    "Shampoo your hair frequently."

    2019 "Actually …"

  • Reply Haylie R. Wilson October 7, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Haha this is surprisingly awesome

  • Reply Big Stonks October 7, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Cheese the building blocks of food

  • Reply Danielle Jacobs October 7, 2019 at 5:57 am

    And if that wasn’t enough motivation for getting your sh*t together

    It’s that easy.

  • Reply Texas Trinity October 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Love it.

  • Reply A E October 7, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Why do people from that era SOUND so much more elegant and practical and pure than the people of today?

  • Reply Kitty Clark October 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Pretty is as pretty does.

  • Reply Brandon Vickery October 7, 2019 at 6:26 am

    She lost me at the cake metapor

  • Reply Brooke Corbyn October 7, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Yknow I was expecting to dislike this a lot more, and while there are small things that bugged me this was actually a lot about self care and was really good to be reminded of. Good for this woman for spreading such a message

  • Reply Ciara Smith October 7, 2019 at 7:11 am

    This was actually wholesome af

  • Reply Ashley B. Ashley October 7, 2019 at 7:20 am

    That woman is on fire with logic and facts. She explained it directly and simply. It’s shame rhetoric like this can’t be taught in the modern day, it’s not politically correct enough.

  • Reply Jennifer C October 7, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Okay but who washes their hair in the sink?

  • Reply wack groovy October 7, 2019 at 8:01 am

    this is actually a good guide tho

  • Reply Le Elda Means October 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Yep….beauty sleep. I'm all for it! Great advice on eating too. When I went out on my own, I decided that dessert was first. Big mistake! Eating right is certainly boring, but I'm now doing everything I can to have a clean body and fresh looking shin….decades later…. it's a struggle.

  • Reply Sam Spade October 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Christ what a pantload……

  • Reply Stew-A-Rew October 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

    The part of the 40s nobody shows

  • Reply Janimatics October 7, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I was really think why they weren’t watching tv to sleep and listening to music instead, and then it hit me

  • Reply Aleyda Saucedo October 7, 2019 at 9:51 am

    girls in the forties– Stay up all night writing letters, and listening to a record
    girls of 2019– Stay up all night texting on the phone, and listening to spotify

  • Reply Tirza777 October 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Most of this advice is actually what I started doing at the beginning of 2019 and…. yeah, the difference is huge. Madam is spitting some mad truths here

  • Reply Tudor Miller October 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Wowsers! Washing your hair daily is bad right ? What kind of food is that, if you can't microwave it ? See ? All you Instagram models are doing everything wrong ?

  • Reply Queen is Love, Queen is Life. October 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I was expecting some supreme sexism but this was actually really good advice. I'll make sure I'm never up all night writing letters like some kind of hooligan

  • Reply Leila Smeet October 7, 2019 at 10:01 am

    “Many girls stay up writing letters or listening to music” me: wow what a boring life – like what the heck where’s the webtoons and Netflix

  • Reply Nina Zuccaro October 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    It’s honestly really smart to remind people that being healthy is attractive. All of these tips can apply to men. Tell teens they’ll be more attractive if they’re healthy. That’s what most teens care about most!

  • Reply Abigail's Corner October 7, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I thought that this would be body-shaming or outdated. But this advice is so good!

  • Reply Ashley Williams October 7, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Honestly she’s really rather nice sounding, she sounds smart

  • Reply Krissweet P October 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

    “Try to spend time everyday outdoors” ❤️

  • Reply Angel Cakes October 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Video: eat healthy for once my god

  • Reply breezyvibe October 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

    . . great video!!!

  • Reply Cailynn Allebasi October 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    “8 to 9 hours of sleep”
    School: hold our coffee

  • Reply Elvina Gajieva October 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Fist time youtube recommended a video that published not long ago

  • Reply SeekerOf Truth October 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I have no words….

  • Reply gab bee October 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Shit. I eat poorly, don’t exercise much, never go outside, don’t sleep enough OR I sleep too much, and I have no social life. I hate myself

  • Reply Gissestefany M October 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Woow many of this is so true,

  • Reply Zelda Jones October 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I think most of these tips are still relevant today

  • Reply partsgeriausias October 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    They all have horrible posture

  • Reply Lozza1996 October 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm


  • Reply Taurus_Says_hi October 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    1:01 1940's: "Basically of course, g͟o͟o͟d͟ ͟h͟e͟a͟l͟t͟h͟ and i͟n͟t͟e͟l͟l͟i͟g͟e͟n͟t͟ ͟p͟h͟y͟s͟i͟c͟a͟l͟ ͟c͟a͟r͟e͟…"
    Also 1940's: Liver squishing corsets

  • Reply Tryptamine Odyssey October 7, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    These were REAL women. Not the 60% plastic 40% addicted to social media and selfies trash we have today.

  • Reply Jasmine Imiya October 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    4:00 this girl is everything lmaoooo

  • Reply Alisa Adler October 7, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    thanks thus lady she reminded me to go outside. always forget about it

  • Reply Annie Moad October 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Thought this was going to be awful and sexist, turns out it's the wholesome self care advice I was desperately needing 🤷

  • Reply Kels Yarner October 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    God damn it, I knew listening to swing music in bed instead of sleeping had made me ugly!!! Sound advice though…

  • Reply ilovetosinga October 7, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I was so glad to see that the comments are sensible for this wonderful video, I was expecting to see some overly sensitive extreme feminists whining about not wanting to eat healthily or exercise 🥴

  • Reply Jaden Marie October 8, 2019 at 2:36 am

    So basically even our grandparents didn’t have it right Jesus Christ no wonder we’re lost

  • Reply Norma Castro October 8, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Very good sound advice especiall today, with more stress on the sloppy dress codes

  • Reply Rose Pott October 8, 2019 at 3:04 am

    4:38 – what I try to tell myself each morning. It doesn’t happen.

  • Reply Sheyla corr October 8, 2019 at 3:32 am

    How to be pretty 1940: take care of your health
    How to be pretty 2019: Put tons of make up in your face, use tons of hairstyle products, and don't forget to contour your nose!

  • Reply Savannah Dodd October 8, 2019 at 3:51 am

    All of those people are probably dead by now

  • Reply Claire Risper October 8, 2019 at 4:14 am

    This was shockingly positive! I was definitely expecting sexist BS. But there are a lot of body positivity points in here!!! "I want to shake you girls for worrying so much about being pretty" 😆 Yas queen.

  • Reply Candance October 8, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Maybe some people will start to get it through their head that they’ve been lied to about sexism and misogyny of the world a hundred years ago. The world before the Bolsheviks. It wasn’t as bad as the corporate institution says it is. Most commentors came here with preconceived notions that were destroyed. Who’s woke now?

  • Reply Ana Teresa Favela Almaraz October 8, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Im agree with all

  • Reply Hell Yeah October 8, 2019 at 5:52 am

    When she was talking bout cake she was really talking bout the fat booty.

  • Reply its not brian its YoungK October 8, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I wonder if they have any videos like this for men?

  • Reply guilrito October 8, 2019 at 6:42 am

    You can tell the American accent has slowly separated from the English one

  • Reply stephanie lee October 8, 2019 at 6:44 am

    8 or 9 hours. I get up at 6:00am and sleep at 11:00. I look like trash everyday 😀

  • Reply kerreill October 8, 2019 at 7:02 am

    I want you girls to ask questions…I could just shake you…

  • Reply Jack Jones October 8, 2019 at 7:08 am

    So this is what it was like to live in a society that encouraged women to be women rather than shaming them for being feminine.

  • Reply Ramie Kinney October 8, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Tbh, I wish I lived in the 50’s as a teen. Seems so much more simpler

  • Reply Jasper Perrywinkle October 8, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Now we have feminazis. 😞

  • Reply eTheReal Deal October 8, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Use deodorant regularly it’s a shortcut to social security lmao.

  • Reply PickleJuice October 8, 2019 at 9:01 am

    3:16 kNeEsE

  • Reply Lillian White October 8, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Oh noes! I gots "the round face!"

  • Reply VeganJynx October 8, 2019 at 9:36 am

    This is actually pretty on point

  • Reply aldo mayorga October 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Well they are not that pretty it's 1940

  • Reply Jim Halpert October 8, 2019 at 10:04 am

    This is not what I expected, huh.

  • Reply Gian Bianchi October 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Mind over matter is what I believe she is referring to here.

  • Reply Ashley Johnson October 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    “I’ve seen lots of sparkling eyes and good complexions sacrificed to swing records at bedtime”
    Me: watching a 1940’s beauty video at 3 am

  • Reply Peggie Jenkins October 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    And THIS is EXACTLY why people from the 30's 40's and 50's were HAPPIER than we are now… fml I was born into the wrong time period.

  • Reply Amelia Rose October 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Omg @ The “balanced diet” 😆🥴

  • Reply Mary Kennerley October 8, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This advice is just a valid today as it was then but today we have to tell our kids not to have their smartphones in bed.

  • Reply OSOCO October 8, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Delicious looking soupnot

  • Reply Crazy Cookie October 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    So if you do all of this stuff that this woman is telling you to do you will automatically be pretty… aight then

  • Reply Molly Barber October 8, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    is it just me that thinks she sounds like a nice wicked witch of the west?

  • Reply Fenna Steenmans October 8, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Her: talking about the base of a cake and stuff.
    Me: yay I might have some cake left in the fridge.
    Me: ok. Where were we
    Her: a good diet not too much sweet stuff
    Me: wait what.

  • Reply galerie devin October 9, 2019 at 1:12 am

    and i thought she was gonna talk about how a good personality makes you pretty…

  • Reply Em James October 9, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Not what I was expecting

  • Reply Hayley Wise October 9, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Me: (gets out of the tub) "All clean!! And boy oh boy now I have loads of pep!!" 😊

  • Reply Eduardo Vega October 9, 2019 at 5:10 am

    What's her accent? She does not sound like 2019 Americans.

  • Reply Star Gaizer October 9, 2019 at 5:22 am

    So, should I shave my beard or not? The video wasn't clear on that.

  • Reply Stoner Slater October 9, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Now I want cake

  • Reply furonwarrior October 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    How much music did they listen to lose out on sleep? Damn. lol

  • Reply furonwarrior October 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    White people look the same. Bland or ugly.

  • Reply Tracy ann Howard October 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    This is great advice, work on the inside and you will bloom on the outside. 60 years ago they had it sussed. Welcome to 2019 where we have to be told to "be nice to each other"..Wheres that time machine!!!

  • Reply Gomez l Addams October 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    The beginning of the meat and dairy industry butting into people's diets notice vegetables were the last thing added to the meal besides sugar and keeping the fried food out. Not the most balanced diet. But the idea if the food was proper is awesome sleep and good food. Speaking of at 2:08 a.m. I guess I won't be looking my best a.m.

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