These Seven Victorian Sisters Had 37 Feet Of Hair Between Them

The Kardashian/Jenner Empire has taken over our celebrity culture. There is roughly no one in the United States who wouldn’t know who Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie, Khloe, and Kim are, like it or not. Yet they were not the first American celebrity family. Long before them there was another group of sisters who used their feminine assets to get famous, only in this case it was long luscious locks rather than big rear ends.

Collector Weekly untangles the tale of Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Dora, and Mary Sutherland who came from painfully humble beginnings. Barely surviving on their family’s turkey farm in Cambria, NY, the girls were kept barefoot as they herded turkeys. But while they struggled to make ends meet, their mother, Mary Sunderland, went to great lengths (pun intended) in order to keep her girls hair long and strong. She would slather on horrible smelling ointment that may or may not have kept their locks healthy but definitely made the girls the outcasts of their school. 

When their mother passed away, their father became a sort of two-bit hustler who used his children to pursue his dreams of fame by forcing the children to learn music and parading them to churches, fairs, and anywhere else they might be seen. While they were talented, it was their hair that really garnered people’s attention.

The Victorian Era had a fascination with long hair. It was seen as the ultimate sign of femininity and was even thought to hold mystical properties, largely because disease and new medicines were causing a frightening amount of baldness in women and men. So the idea of these seven sisters having 37 feet of hair between them was a sight to behold.

The sisters eventually joined the circus circuit, with W.W. Coles Colossal Shows in 1882 and Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth 1884. Their divine/goddess image kept them from inheriting the stigma of being seen as average "circus folk" and their father decided to cash in on their success by creating bottles of a hair fertilizer that sold for $1-1.25 a bottle.

At the peak of their success, the sisters had earned around 3 million dollars from their hair products. When their father died, the sisters took the family business into their own hands. Unfortunately, overspending and mismanaging eventually left the sisters broke and in the 1910s, the flapper’s short bob put the final axe on the remaining sister’s financial situation. Once able to get $25 dollars for a single strand of hair, the last surviving Sutherland sister, Grace, died in 1946 and was buried at an unmarked grave.

 Image c/o: Sideshow Work, Peachridge Glass

Rihanna Is Making History As The First Black Representative Of Dior

 

After almost 70 years as a fashion house, Dior is making Rihanna their first black female spokeswoman for their “Secret Garden” series. This isn’t her first time working within the industry, she took home the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Icon Award (and stole the whole show really) with her 216,000 Swarovski crystal dress and became the fashion director of PUMA, modeled for Armani, and was the face of the SS14 campaign for Balmain

“It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color. To be acknowledged by Dior means a lot, as a woman," Rihanna said.

But even though Dior has gained the spotlight for putting her as the new face for their campaign, diversity within the fashion industry has not been exemplified enough even after all this time. Carol White, a well-known model agent spoke on the imbalance between getting white and black models started, “You can get a white girl going in maybe a month, two months, a black girl it can take six to twelve.”

Using Rihanna’s star power and social media @BadGalRiRi’s queen status (with 16 million Instagram followers and 42 million Twitter followers) Dior is taking advantage of the public’s fascination with her outfits (or lack of them). With Rihanna at the helm of this new line, White says she hopes this will wake up the rest of the industry fashion houses who haven’t progressed enough to realize that every woman of every race deserves to be represented and seen as beautiful.

Image from stylechile.com

These 16 Photos of Victorian Women of Color Are So Resplendently Glorious

While capturing the true beauty of brown skin eluded photographers for nearly a century—it wasn't until the 1970s and '80s that film was reformulated so that its emulsions were sensitive to the nuances of non-white complexions—whoever snapped the photos of these women of color during the 1800s were doing something right.

The images of these glorious Victorian Age gals are so very rare, and wonderful: Take a look and see for yourself!

 Images c/o Pinterest and Dangerous Minds

 

Glittery IUD Earrings That Help Low Income Women Access Contraception

A political craze in Detroit, Colorado has taken the shocking form of IUD glitter earrings. These funky pieces of sparkly jewelry are being used to make more than just a fashion statement—they are becoming symbols of support for House Bill 1194, which would give extended funding to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, originally set to expire on June 30. The bill would provide $5 million dollars to low-income women, giving them access to IUDs and other reversible forms of contraceptives.

However, the bill is receiving push-back from pro-life supporters who believe that IUDs cause abortions rather than prevent them. Conservative politician Bob Beauprez said "IUD is an abortifacient." Well, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the FDA, and other physician organizations, IUDs only lower the likelihood of getting pregnant in the first place. 

 The insertion of an IUD diminishes the amount of sperm that enters the oviducts. Copper IUDs will release copper in the uterus that acts like spermicide, while the Mirena IUDs unleash a hormone called progestin which thickens the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from entering the cervix. If the egg becomes fertilized, IUDs can prevent it from attaching to the uterus.

Regardless of what your stance is, these earrings are definitely conversation starters—and the dialogue advocates of this bill are hoping to ignite will clarify the presupposition about IUDs.

If you want to show your support for this bill, or maybe just wear these things 'cause they're so darn adorable, check out Etsy jeweler/gynocologist Virginia Smith’s store.

Image from buzzfeed.com

7 Rainy Day Accessories You're Definitely Going to Need This Spring

FINALLY, the snow piles are starting to shrink and spring is fast approaching. Time to put away your NorthFace coats and slip into something more comfortable. Springtime shopping has officially begun, so in order to help our lovely BUSTies we did a little searching for you all. Pick up these warm weather staples to keep your seasonal look fresh, fun and delightfully parka-free. 

1) We love this adorable pink umbrella from Bella Umbrella. It's perfect for those rainy, warm days since it's both waterproof and offers UPF 50+ sun protection. It is a tad pricy but has superb quality, and, well, just look at it.

2) Despite the high chances of stormy weather we are willing to risk it for these shoes found on Etsy. After all, it can't rain all the time so you're going to need something for those upcoming day trips to the park.

3) Modcloth's hat is perfect if you need some sun protection or you're just having a bad hair day. Cute and sophisticated, it works if you're going out to hang with the girls or heading in for a casual day at work. Not to mention that color is to die for.

 

4) Nothing says springtime like a little Etsy bling.  A simple touch of color to remind us of the green to come. 

 

5) Another ring from Etsy because (a) two rings are better than one, and (b) some people love a gold finish and some like silver--options for everyone!

 

6) Nordstrom's polka dot rain boots are unbelievably cute and stylish. Featuring 2-3 colors, we love this shock of pink after a season of endless black, grey and blah. 

 

7) Finally, this  coat from Cichic is one of the best we've ever seen. Featuring a gorgeous teal color and lightweight waterproof design, this spring staple will keep you chic whether it's rain or shine. 

 

 

Images c/o Cichic, Nordstrom, Etsy, ModCloth, and Bella Umbrealla

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