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15. Makeup Helped You Climb The Ranks
In the 1900s, for the first time in history women started to use makeup to reinvent their lives. If you were born into a working class family, you no longer had to stay working class. With the help of cosmetics, you could polish yourself up and apply for better job positions, rent apartments in better parts of the city, and even land yourself a higher-class man.

This is partly why middle and working class women would face the brunt of the stigma when it came to "tarts wearing makeup," while socialites could wear it without much comment. One was trying to break the hierarchy, while the other was in charge of it.
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