The Romanov women who were celebrated as great beauties in their day:
Empress Elizaveta I Petrovna (1709-1762)
“She is a beauty the like of which I have never seen … an amazing complexion, glowing eyes, a perfect mouth, a throat and bosom of rare whiteness. She is tall in stature, and her temperament is very lively. One senses in her a great deal of intelligence and affability, but also a certain ambition.”
Empress Elizaveta Alexeievna (1779-1826)
“Her features were fine and even, and her face a perfect oval; her beautiful complexion was not high in colour but its delicacy was totally in keeping with her expression, one of angelic sweetness. Her fair ash coloured hair floated about her neck and forehead. She was dressed in a simple white tunic, gathered by a belt knotted simply around a waist slender as a nymph´s. This young woman appeared exactly as I have described her, standing against the backdrop of an appartment ornamented with classical columns and draped in pink and silver gauze; she looked so ravishing I cried out, “Psyche!” It was in fact Princess Elisabeth, wife of Alexander.”
Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna (1798-1860)
“The Empress is a tall graceful figure … her little head beautifully set and her expression pleasing and features regular, her hands and arms beautifully shaped and an air of imperial dignity and grace I never saw before. Her dress was perfect - simple and of dazzling whiteness, with a necklace, fringe, drops, etc. that I can only compare to dark blue glass eggs for never did I see their like.”
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1822-1892)
“The Grand Duchess Olga, the second of the emperor´s daughter, has no rival in beauty among the Princesses of Europe, an in this instance, flattery, in asserting her to be the loveliest girl in her father´s dominion, scarcely outstrips the truth.”
Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (1830-1911)
[Alexandra] loved the Russian extravangance and magnificence, which was entirely in keeping with her extraordinary beauty, her marvelous hair in particular. A few considred that she resembled Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, whose style of dress Sanny copied. All of Europe spoke of her astonishing jewels, of her pearl necklace, in which each pearl was the size of a nut. … [She] always took a passionate interest in anything which related to the beauty of other women. With typical feminine jealousy she would ask: “Who is the more beautiful, the Empress of Austria or I?” The Empress´s beauty was much praised, and the Grand Duchess Konstantin worried: “Is my hair as fine as the Empress´s? Don´t you think we have the same figure?”
Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fyodorovna (1864-1918)
“I like Ella very, very much. She is so feminine; her beauty is something I will never tire of. Her eyes are extraordinarily beautifully defined and her look is so calm and gentle. Despite her gentle nature and her shyness, one sense in her a certain self-assurance, a recognition of her own strength … [Her husband] was talking to me about his wife and he was enraptured by her, full of her praises.”
Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970):
“One day when I was out riding I met a very beautiful girl accompanied by an elderly lady. Our eyes met and she made such an impression on me that I reined in my horse to gaze at her as she walked on … [Another time] I had plenty of time to admire the wondrous beauty of the girl who was eventually to become my wife and lifelong companion. She had beautiful features, clear-cut as a cameo, and looked very like her father."
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna (1897-1918)
“She’s a grand princess from head to toe, so aristocratic and regal. Her face is pale matte, only the cheeks are slightly rosy, as if pink satin is trying to escape from just under her thin skin. Her profile is flawlessly beautiful, as if cut from marble by a great artist. The widely set eyes provide uniqueness and originality to her face.”
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1899-1918)
“Maria Nikolaevna can easily be called a Russian beauty. Tall, healthy, with sable eyebrows and a bright blush on her open Russian face, she is especially lovely to a Russian heart. You look at her and involuntarily imagine her dressed in the Russian boyar’s sarafan; snowy muslin sleeves around her hands; on the highly decorated bodice semi-precious stone; and above her white brow, a kokoshnik with the traditional pearls. Her eyes illuminate her entire face by a unique, radiant luster; they sometimes seem black as long eyelashes throw shadows over the bright blush of her soft cheeks.”
i’m really sick of people saying that jojo has good lgbt rep, so i’m gonna talk a little bit on the homophobia in jjba.
-having DIO as a bi/pan man characterizes mlm as egomaniacs and narcissists, as well as abusive and extremely sexual, it also uses the stereotype of bi/pan people using multiple people for throwaway sex. it’s not good lgbt representation when it’s the big baddie of the series, sorry.
-we all get really psyched about the fact that jolyne was supposed to have a gf! i was too until i found out that the gf was a female annasui. having annasui be the lesbian would perpetuate a ton of very harmful stereotypes, such as the predatory lesbian, the pining lesbian who’s seen as an afterthought (I’m in no way sympathizing w/ annasui rn), and also a little bit of the good old “lesbians fall in love so easily (uhaul)”. but the main, big issue is of course how annasui is characterized as a creep who killed an ex, and is deeply, unwantingly, and very obsessively in love with jolyne. bad bad lesbian stereotypes to say the least.
-another greaaat lesbian characterization is in sbr, with fv’s wife, mrs.valentine. she’s another type of stereotype, the “perfect wife” who’s actually secretly a “nasty” lesbian who is so desperate for the female touch that she will go after a 13-14yo girl for sexual pleasure. this frames lesbians as predatory, again, pedophiles (another huge homophobic stereotype that’s seen….a lot in jojo) and just….the bad premise of a woman being married to a man, but a lesbian in secret. i think we’re all tired of that “sinful desires” concept
-of course the good ol’ transphobic scene with “tequila joseph” where he mockingly dresses up as a woman who is obviously ““not passing”“ and talks in the normal man in a dress manor, and is turned away by the guards. man in a dress is seen eeeverywhere and it’s a lazy transphobic joke!! i don’t trust people who find this scene funny. in short it uses a man dressing up as a woman but obviously being a man as a big funny punchline and uhhh…you can see the issue there hopefully
-also the scene in sdc where joseph and avdol are magnetized together is using gay men having sex as a joke. wow. hilarious. also avdol being about 30~ years younger than joseph doesn’t make the joke any better. it goes off of the notion that older gay men will actively seek out fresh new young adults.
there are a lot more little things seen without jojo, so these are just the big ones that really struck me and made me angry with the series. you all know i love jojo!! i think it’s a very creative and fun series that does a pretty good job playing with relationships and presentation, but the bottom line is, jojo has a lot it needs to improve on in terms of lgbt rep. we’ve only ever gotten whispers and vague sentences in interviews of protags being lgbt, and that doesn’t in any way make up for the way lgbt characters are made into predators and villains and trivialized in many parts of jojo. this post is in no way meant to stop you from loving jojo or say that i don’t love jojo, but the way these characters and themes are presented needs to be addressed!! no series is without its fault, we just need to keep pushing for it to be better. thank you for reading this if you did. if you have anything to add or if anything i said seems off or wrong contact me or rb this post with it!
I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.
.Every human being relies on and is bounded by his knowledge and experience to live. This is what we call “reality”. However, knowledge and experience are ambiguous, thus reality can become illusion. Is it not possible to think that, all human beings are living in their assumptions?
You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.