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The Evolution of the Bra

How much did you know about your bra? Let's take a stroll and see how our "bra" was born.
14th Century: The First Bandeau
During the ancient Egypt era women went bare-breasted under long, flowing tunics. Then around the 1300s wall paintings depicting a bandeau like top was seen on female Minoan athletes.
16th Century: Age of the Corset
The corset becomes the norm for women of aristocracy. Women in France embraced it to achieve the perfect female figure - slim waist, breast upwards and out.
1869: The Corset is Split
In France, Herminie Cadolle cuts a corset into two separate undergarments. The top piece supporting the breast, known as the corset gorge, would later become soutane-gorge (aka bra in French).
1907: The "Brassiere"
Vogue uses the word for the first time and added in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1911.
1910: The Modern Bra
Mary Phelps Jacobs invents the first modern bra. The 19th year old New York socialite improvised the new kind of undergarment with a pair of silk handkerchiefs and pink silk ribbons after noticing that her whalebone corset looked chunky under the her sheer evening gown.
1920s: The Flat Look
In the Roaring Twenties, small-chest and slender body took over the scene. The corsets were almost completely ditched and women opted for tight bandeau tops to give them boyish shape.
1932: The Birth of Cup Sizes
During the 1930s, brassiere is shorten to "bra" and S.H. camp & Company assigns the size of women's breast to cups sizes, A through D.
1940s: Torpedo Style
Due to World War II, women at work in factories need protection and support. The answer? Bras. Military terminology creeps into fashion and styles like the bullet, or torpedo bra, become popular.
1950s: Sweater Girl
This look was popularized by Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner. Women were encouraged to adopt bullet bras that gives off the appearance of a bigger cup size.
1964: The Pushup Bra
Louise Poirier creates the pushup Wonderbra for Canadian lingerie company, Canadadelle.
1967: Mrs. Robinson's Bra
In the film, "Graduate" Anne Bancroft's role as "Mrs. Robinson" blows minds with her black lace bra.
1977: First Sports Bra
Fitness and exercising became a popular lifestyle. Lisa Lindahl, Polly Smith and Hinda Mille invent the first sports bra, the "Jogbra" for support.
1977: Hello Victoria Secret
Quickly after the first sports bra debut, the first Victoria's Secret opened in Palo Alto, California. Founder Roy Raymond came up with this women's lingerie shop concept because he felt uncomfortable shopping for his wife in department stores.
1990: The Cone Bra
During Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour, she shows off her now iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier cone bra.
2000: The Bejeweled Bra
During the 2000 Victoria's Secret fashion show, Gisele B√ľndchen was seen wearing a ruby and diamond-encrusted bra and underwear set valued at $15 million. The most expensive lingerie to date.
2015: Today
The 2000s brought us many new size and variations such as strapless, one-strap, crisscross and we even have cups made from memory foam that conforms to the shape of your chest.
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Wow, I can't believe that iconic cone bra was 25 years ago!
I'm so glad we're over the corset era.
Stunning women
Didn't know victoria's secret started at palo alto.
@madeleine I would suffocate in those. @nannysally Time flies!
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Kpop is Actually Born from Korean Protest Songs
Alright so I'm a total history nerd, I majored in East Asian Studies and eat stuff like this up. Read the full (long!) article here - I will try to explain it basically, but its really worth the read. Here we go: It all started with Japan. As you might know, Japan colonized Korea eventually trying to erase Korean culture all together on the peninsula. In the very beginning though, that wasn't the case. Japan was willing to share Korean and Japanese culture, and the Japanese and Korean elite often spoke together and traded pop culture. Japanese elite brought over Western-influenced music because of their connections with the Western world (which Korea didn't interact with other than missionaries at the time) The Korean elite wanted to be modern and successful like Japan, so they adopted this music (called Changga) as their new favorite genre. (You can hear a lot of European influences in early Korean music...) This is where it gets interesting. The Korean elite wanted to be independent of Japan. They wanted Korea to stand alone as a strong nation, not pushed around by China or Japan anymore. They stared the pro-independence movement. Now, most revolutions like this would turn to traditional music, traditional culture to strengthen the country (for example, Korea would use ancient Korean songs to protest the Japanese occupation) but the Korean elite didn't! They wanted Korea to be strong, and to be strong they felt like they needed to modernize - ie be like the West. They used this Changga music (ironically brought to them by Japan) to protest Japanese rule! To this day Korea is always trying to "keep up with" the Western world so that they can be considered modern and powerful. Most things that they do is to modernize and stay trendy because that is how the country has always defined strength. But then, Japan decided to make money off of that... Japan had seen its first real pop music hit in 1914. People were buying records, following tabloids, and really getting into pop culture. That was really the birth of the Japanese music industry. In 1926, Korea had a similar experience. A song called the "Death Song" appeared, sung by Yun Shim-Deok. The singer committed suicide with her lover right after the song was released and the story made HUGE headlines. It was chilling, 'romantic,' and dramatic. Korea ate it up. Japanese record companies came in and started selling the record, selling over 50,000 copies! (In 1926 that number is totally insane!) You can listen to the death song here: The record industry after that was run mainly by the Japanese yakuza and their partnered Korean gangsters. The industry was set up very similar to how it is now, with entertainment industries doing everything in-house (SM has specific song writers that only work for SM, and their artists are actors, singers, models, etc) This is also why so many Kpop artists become actors...because even back in the 1920s musicians couldn't make enough money so the real way to make a living was through acting. That still stands today. So, today's Kpop is based off of this first "Korean pop" hit (the death song) AND protest songs against Japan. So when people say that Kpop is just a copy of Western music, they're sort of right but not in the way that they're thinking. Yes, its a reflection of Western culture, but the reason behind it is that Korea has been fighting to be recognized as a modern, powerful force to be reckoned with since the early 1900s. They want people to know Korea is strong, modern, and a country to look up to, not look down upon. So the next time someone tells you Kpop is a lame copy of American pop - give them this little history lesson. Again, PLEASE read the full article - its so interesting! HERE it is!
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I hope you are all excited about this, I know we are!! Just a few things to know before we get started ~ Basic Information This is a first of its kind multi-community fanfic event. 27 communities have come together to bring you this amazing one shot fanfic contest!! We will kick off the contest on October 23rd, and it will close on the 29th. Community winners will be announced on Halloween with all winning stories linked to one card so that everyone can enjoy them in one place. Each of the 26 kpop/khiphop community moderators and their teams will choose one winner from their community. These will be announced on the 31st. The Fanfic moderator and team will then choose 1 ultimate winner of the community winners. The moderators will have a collection of all of the entries for that community featured on the community homepage, to make it easier for everyone to find and enjoy these one shots. The communities that are participating are: Winner iKON Fanfic G-Dragon Big Bang Boys Republic Got7 History VIXX Astro Monsta X T.O.P SHINee Super Junior Chanyeol Teen Top Seventeen Day 6 BTOB B.A.P EXO BTS UNIQ Cross Gene Jay Park Simon Dominic Kangin The Rules ‚Ė™ Halloween themed ‚Ė™ PG 13 rating or less, absolutely no smut ‚Ė™ There is no word limit, but we ask that you try to keep it shorter to give the teams judging time to read and fairly judge all entries ‚Ė™Entry must be posted in the fanfic and relevant community. If your story involves several communities then it may be entered in all of the relevant communities, but can only win in one of them. For example, if you write about GD, you may enter it into both the Big Bang and GD communities. ‚Ė™ Multiple entries are encouraged!! You may enter multiple stories into one community, or better yet, multiple stories into multiple communities! Remember that some of the smaller communities will most likely have less entries, therefore increasing your chances of winning - you may want to think about writing something for one of those. ‚Ė™ Make sure you tag the Moderators!! Here is the list for you to use: *Moderators Tag List* @resavalencia @Junhwanbae92 @Bangtanss @BBxGD @KwonOfAKind @MelissaGarza @luna1171 @Storiamom426 @JiyongLeo @Isolate @MonAnnahiX @lovetop @VixenViVi @KaiLuhan4ever @SugaKookieV @BrennaTran @IsoldaPazo @ChaErica @Helixx @StefaniTre @Tigerlily84 @VKookie47 @Qilin94 @AimeeH @royalpandajedi @DayDaySMDC @KokoroNoTakara ‚Ė™ Mod Supporters may enter the contest, but if they enter in their own community, then they are not allowed to vote for their own story. If only supporters enter in a community, then the team of Moderators will choose the winner. ‚Ė™ Moderators may enter, but not in their own community. ***All of these rules must be followed in order for your entry to be counted*** Now for the good stuff... Prizes ‚Ė™ All winners will be included in a card announcing the winners with a link to each winning one shot ‚Ė™ The winning story will be featured on the relevant community page. ‚Ė™ Winners will have their choice of personalized wallpaper, spam, or card dedicated to them. ‚Ė™ The ultimate winner will win a prize from the Fanfic community which will be decided later in the event. We look forward to seeing everyone's creativity and love for their idols!! Moderators Tag List* @resavalencia @Junhwanbae92 @Bangtanss @BBxGD @KwonOfAKind @MelissaGarza @luna1171 @Storiamom426 @JiyongLeo @Isolate @MonAnnahiX @lovetop @VixenViVi @KaiLuhan4ever @SugaKookieV @BrennaTran @IsoldaPazo @ChaErica @Helixx @StefaniTre @Tigerlily84 @VKookie47 @Qilin94 @AimeeH @royalpandajedi @DayDaySMDC @KokoroNoTakara