Shi Pei Pu is considered one of the most famous androgynous actors and Chinese Opera singers of his time. It’s a shame that he was deemed a Chinese spy by the French government and locked up for some time because the world missed out on seeing more of Shi Pei Pu and his talents throughout his life. Images of his early work accurately reflect how beautiful he was in his younger life. The play “M. Butterfly” was written about his life and his relationship with a French diplomat, which sparked some controversy regarding gender roles and sexuality.
Marlene Dietrich was born in Germany but escaped to America and became a citizen against Hitler’s orders to return. She knew she was fleeing a dangerous situation and risked her life by performing for the American troops on the front lines of World War II. Her perfectly coiffed hair, doe-like eyes, and striking red lipstick definitely stood out in the black and white films, and Dietrich had no problems belting out a tune, especially if it lowered the morale of the German soldiers. For her work, she received the Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor a civilian could receive.
Barbara Bush was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Although most people had only seen her when she was getting on in years, it would be a lie to say she wasn’t a looker in her younger years. That lovely wavy dark hair and doe-like downturned eyes are inviting to any man looking her way. Lucky for her that she happened to score a future president, who began his political career three years after they got married.
Rupert Brooke was a British poet who was known for his war sonnets, as well as his boyish good looks. He knew how to put pen to paper, and it’s a shame that he didn’t focus more on writing romantic sonnets to attract a partner. Rupert Brooke did have an affair with Élisabeth van Rysselberghe. However, this cutie fell into severe emotional distress after his relationship with Ka Cox broke down, as he became confused about his intimate wants. He had many more lovers throughout his life as he traveled worldwide.
Josephine Baker had a career in entertainment that lasted for almost fifty years. She sang, danced, and worked as a spy for French intelligence during World War II. The Nazi guards were so struck by her beauty that they called her Black Pearl. They even allowed her to slip through the borders without any trouble. So how did she carry out her espionage? She had hidden messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She had no problems putting her good looks to use if it meant bringing down the Nazis.
Jesse Owens made the world fall silent when he ran in the 1936 Olympics in Germany when Hitler was in power. It was a giant middle finger to the face when Jesse Owens proved Hitler’s ideas of racial superiority wrong. He not only set a new Olympic record but did so to spite the American stance of treating black Americans as less-than. And Owens looked good doing all of it. He had a winning smile that won over the hearts of the crowds, despite everything going against him in a world that hated the color of his skin.
Born in Germany, Johannes Brahms is a well-known composer and pianist. Many of his compositions have become staples of any modern concert repertoire, with romantic motifs really standing out in his pieces. But the man behind the music had a great coif of hair, right? Despite the widow’s peak, his hair was thick, and his beard was also impressive. He could also rock a suit and bowtie, which added to his charm. Unfortunately, he had awkwardness around women to the point that he was never married.
Hunter S. Thompson was known for his unique type of journalism that blended fiction and nonfiction together. He would often write in first-person so that the reader felt like they were deeply involved in the story. This handsome guy is most well-known for his tales of motorcycle gangs. Hunter S. Thompson lived among them for a while. That is until they felt like their lives were being exploited for his fame and glory. His attractive sense of style made him stand out, too, sporting colored shades and different types of hats that made him appear as the wandering tourist that he was.
Lewis Powell was a conspirator with John Wilkes Booth and had attempted to assassinate William Seward, the United States Secretary of State at the time. He was originally a Confederate soldier at Gettysburg who plotted to kidnap Lincoln, which was unsuccessful. We have to admit, though, Powell’s definitely rocking the bad boy look that many people swoon for nowadays. He looks like someone you don’t want to mess with, and he is not a guy anyone should be taking home to their mother.
The biggest rival of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, was one of the greatest inventors ever lived. However, he wasn’t an excellent businessman; his inventions were made for the betterment of humanity, and he rarely ever wanted to make a profit off of them. Behind his creations, he had a charming disposition and a peaceful stare that would stop almost anyone in their tracks. His six-foot-tall stature definitely helped him to stick out of a crowd too, and he carried himself very stately with anyone and everyone in his company.
People deemed Margaret Eloise Knight one of the best American inventors. She’s the original inventor of the flat-bottomed paper bag and later went on to patent a dress and skirt shield, a clasp for robes, and a cooking spit. In fact, Knight had many as about 30 patents to her name. She was definitely a looker, too, with that charming smile and beautifully-curled hair. And behind those sparkling eyes were likely ideas for more inventions that this beauty never got to bring to fruition. Unfortunately, she had no interest in a spouse and never married or had children.
Sessue Hayakawa was one of the very early heartthrobs of the early 20th Century. He first starred in a silent movie called “The Cheat,” where a woman was offered $10,000 for a night of passion. Hayakawa played a villain and was supposed to serve as a cautionary tale, but his appearance had quite the opposite result. “The Cheat” became less of a morality tale and more of a forbidden love story. He was one of the first non-white actors to woo white female audiences with his role. Unfortunately, the 1930s film industry rules banned any depictions of interracial desire, leading to Hayakawa no longer having a job.
You’ve heard of Bonnie and Clyde; Bonnie Parker is the same Bonnie from the infamous duo known for robbing banks throughout their lives. With no father to speak of and being married at 15, she quickly fell into trouble when she met Clyde while recovering from a broken arm. Clyde started organizing a group of bank robbers, and Bonnie happily joined. Her rough attitude complimented her “wild” appearance, looking like a woman who knew how to have a good time and wouldn’t take flak from anyone. She is definitely a woman ahead of her time.
The nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar, Augustus managed to enlarge the Roman empire even further despite splitting the free Republic after Julius Caesar’s death. He worked to develop Rome’s network of roads, the police service, and fire-fighting services that helped to keep the community safe. But outside of his dedication to the people of Rome, he was considered an attractive man from all of the busts and sculptures carved in his likeness, especially if they’re an accurate depiction of his likeness. He was also described as being quite graceful in his movements; his only downfall was that he was a bit short.
Also known as Charlie Chaplin, he was mostly known for his comedies, films, and the infamous mustache that a German dictator unfortunately co-opted. His career spanned more than 75 years. Chaplin started from a very young age when his mother was sent to the asylum. He definitely had his good looks to help him along, with his soft, friendly features that seemed kind and gentle, the complete opposite of the slapstick humor he put into his films. He was reported to have had thousands of lovers and married four times.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the early 19th Century and defied society’s standards by teaching himself how to read. In fact, when he wrote his own autobiography, no one believed that a black man could have written it. Douglass fought to free enslaved people. He helped also helped with women’s rights, on top of looking quite handsome. Of course, this is not to overshadow the accomplishments he made throughout his life, but it would be a disservice not to at least mention how good-looking he was.
Originally known as Elizabeth, Empress Sisi was the 16-year-old sister of Duchess Helene, whom Franz Josef was initially supposed to marry. But once he took one look at Sisi, he decided to propose to her on the spot, and the rest is history. Sisi was known for having ankle-length dark hair, which she maintained for almost an hour every single day. But she wasn’t just a looks queen. This empress took care of her body with lots of exercises, including horseback riding, fencing, and gymnastics rings. Many speculated, however, that she dealt with depression and an eating disorder, so despite being the Empress of Hungary, her life wasn’t all roses.