picture for today 15/08/2014

polaire

polaire

so today we have a beautiful lady in our photo and she is indeed captivating but that is not the reason i shared this with you, nope, look at her shape more importantly look at that super tiny waist! how tiny is that?

the lady in the photo was quite famous in her time, she was a singer, a performer, actress i searched for more information on her and this was all i could find

Polaire, meaning pole star – was the stage name used by French singer and actress ÉmilieMarie Bouchaud (May 14, 1874 – October 14, 1939).

she was also at one point the holder of the title of worlds smallest waist, Polaire was the world record holder prior to Ethel Granger, claiming a measurement of 14 inches, although that may have been just once, for an instance, wearing a tight belt
(just under 16 inches was probably her true size. A -popular singer of the time she travelled well

it's a teeny tiny waist it is

it’s a teeny tiny waist it is

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according to the information she enjoyed a two month visit in new york where it was said: “her waist was hardly more than a good span

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born in algiers may 14 1874, her father was algerian and her mother from Clamecy she originally had eleven siblings only four of all the children would survive infancy

she lost her father when she was five and left to live with her grandmother but she ran back to be with her mum in paris. Her brother had already some local fame in paris as an entertainer and it was through him that she got her first break, she was around the age of seventeen and her first job was as a cafe singer.

throughout her life she was to appear in many venues on stage in theaters and in silent films, she was lucky to remain popular for a long time, even then the world of fashion was as fickle as it is now.

what seems sad to me is hat then as much as now her fame rested on her appearance and not her talent. Throughout her career Polaire was skilled in using her appearance to attract attention. In her early days as a café singer in the 1890s she wore very short skirts and also cropped her hair, many leading newspapers of the day who carried a review of her spoke of her beautiful face or her pale golden skin they always spoke of her tiny waist which at 14 inches was probably to be expected rarely  do they mention her talents or those skills she had were mentioned only in passing

Talk of her figure and her lavish overdressing in fur coats and dazzling jewels preceded her appearances wherever she went. Jean Lorrain said of her:

Polaire! The agitating and agitated Polaire! The tiny slip of a woman that you know, with the waist slender to the point of pain, of screaming out loud, of breaking in two, in a spasmically tight bodice, the prettiest slimness … And, under the aureole of an extravagant masher’s hat, orange and plumed with iris leaves, the great voracious mouth, the immense black eyes, ringed, bruised, discoloured, the incandescence of her pupils, the bewildered nocturnal hair, the phosphorus, the sulphur, the red pepper of that ghoulish, Salome-like face, the agitating and agitated Polaire!
What a devilish mimic, what a coffee-mill and what a belly-dancer! Yellow skirt tucked high, gloved in open-work stockings, Polaire skips, flutters, wriggles, arches from the hips, the back, the belly, mimes every kind of shock, twists, coils, rears, twirls…trembling like a stuck wasp, miaows, faints to what music and what words! The house, frozen with stupor, forgets to applaud.

source Jean Lorrain (1936). La Ville Empoisonnée.

even more sadly her life toward the end was a chilling show of how the public move on to the happening thing, Polaire’s finances suffered from a series of actions by the French tax authorities and she struggled to find stage or screen roles as she aged. She may have suffered from depression. She died in 1939, at age sixty-five, in Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France. Her body was buried at the Cimetière du Centre, in the eastern Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne

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a beautiful woman she worked hard all her life and ruined her body to near mutilation with s tightly laced corsets and yet as is is often with those who go into the entertainment profession after all the years of hard work they are cast aside while the audience ogles the next cute thing, How many people over the years have given all of themselves to their work to die old and lonely and with next to no money. i think these days they should be watchdog committees or action groups or whatever it takes for those who find fame and then loose it, not everyone is strong, not everyone knows how to manage finances, not many know how to resist the lure of drugs or alcohol. People argue they chose the career so therefore it is their problem but i do not agree how many times in your life have you made a decision only for it to turn out to be absolutely nothing like you imagined? i think parenthood is possibly one of the best scenarios in this case how many women have a tiny baby and then find the next sixteen years to be nowhere near the expectations? Fame is such a difficult lifestyle and those that live it will tell you that while they have the money and the adoration of the public the stress of having it all disappear or the idea of losing your privacy or even just the idea of not being able to walk the down the street without being heckled in any way, does the benefits really outweigh the price? and for those who go into it so young remember our lovely Polaire here was seventeen when she first started a young age indeed and so what life experience can anyone have at such a young age to cope with the idea of fame the rise and then the crash?  and after the crash what career options do they have? well i hope there is some one there to help to guide and to comfort, often there isn’t and often they don’t feel like they can trust anyone and who can blame them?

so there you go you have now met my lovely Polaire she was beautiful she was a singer and she had a teeny tiny waist and oh and at one point a pig with a diamond collar ^_^

have a super day everyone

love and peace be with you all

k

x

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10 responses

  1. Oh my. How could the little thing sing when she probably could even breathe? Or move at all? What a sad ending, 😦

    1. awful isnt it i do hope this answer actually gets printed the last three times i have tried to write to you wordpress played silly buggers and messed up, and apparently her singing was very high on account of the corset she sang only using the very upper part of her lungs and during that time this was in fact very popular and the men were expected to sing very low and is was these two incredible opposites that translated well to the recorded wax cylinders popular of the day to us now it would probably sound awful but it was the very height f fashion back then! have a fab weekend hugs and love to you always

      1. Your photo blogs are most interesting Kizzy. I am enjoying your digging through the archives. ❤

  2. Fascinating account of poor Polaire. “Mutilated herself” is the correct phrase- what lengths women go to achieve fame and success via their appearance. I’d like to say we’ve made strides since Polaire’s time, but I’m not sure that would be true.

    1. unfortunately i think some people have learned more ways to disrespect their bodies they treat them like they have a spare i think in reality they don’t i am guilty too when i was younger just like most i thought i was indestructible the difference i realised i was just as vulnerable and a lot of others didn’t or they argue it is their body to do what they want with right up until the time they realise they are about to lose that precious body ahh well ours not to wonder why, thank you for dropping by i hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend so far love and peace be with you x

  3. I if it want so old I’d say it could only be photoshopped,…. how sad

    1. hiya lovely to hear from you, and yes the strangest thing is that even with photoshop today no one would actually dare to make a person that thin as it would not be believed yet there she was doing it for real when she was measured for the world record title she not only had the corset on but she also placed a really stiff belt and pulled that as tight as it would go also and it was said she measured thirteen inches! i would have fainted but apparently they did faint a lot back then and it can well be seen as those corsets were ridiculous ! often when the corset was put on and laced this tightly they wouldn’t take it off for days or even weeks at a time as it took so long and so much effort to get it right so there is the eeuuuwww factor as well ^_^ thank you for dropping by have a super weekend love and peace be with you

  4. If you saw that today you would Indeed assume it had been manipulated. It looks unnatural. You find the most interesting things, Kizzy. I seem to have led a very sheltered life with my birds and bugs. I can imagine her voice would have to be high, but what a price to pay. Poor thing.

    1. nd yet it was all accepted as normal and indeed desirable at the time how strange us humans are ^_^ well i shall now put up the tunes i am listening to i am in quite a mellow mood today so lets hope you like the tunes today ^_^ have a super sunday love and peace be with you ^_^

  5. Oh my goodness Kezia, I mean seriously that was a scary picture of Polaire. I’m sure that 50 years from now people will look at plastic surgery as face disfigurements – wait, what am I saying? We are horrified at what women are doing to themselves. I wonder if the ladies during Polaire’s time had the same horror thoughts.

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