In the Victorian era, the length of a woman’s hair was a marker of her modesty, status, and affluence. Were it not for her wealth, maintaining long tresses would have been impractical, given the pestilence and poor sanitation of the time.
Among the upper classes especially, a woman’s hair became the primary expression of her femininity, the focal point of sexual interest. To a Victorian observer, photographs of women with long, loose hair would have been particularly titillating…
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