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.