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INeyM McMein, the well known artist who has essayed to
i name the world's twelve most beautiful women. There .
are many who say she should hsvc included herself j
THEN in the dim antiquity
to select the most beautiful
Woman in all the fcorld as they knew it
they made it pradtically unanimous foi
Helen of Troy.
T"Any lady," the i , ,r,-. r,
(ireek, "who can by the radiancy of her
countenance launch a :i ..i 'up
and start a ten years' war is there!"
There being no contrary minded, the
blind poet Homer was induced to smite
his lyre and tell the world about it. But,
8s we already have pointed out, thut wat
the world as the "Creeks knew it,- an
area which may be described by that
term employed nowaduvs when you meet
some one you had not expected to meet
and exclaim, in a high' original manner,
"Well, well, it's a small, old world after
Thanks to Columbus. Vespucci, Cabot
and others, the field of beauty ha3 been
greatly enlarged. Nobody would dare
pick the most beautiful woman in the
world to-day by public acclaim, no mat
ter what he privately might
tell his wife. There would
nc be a i hane for a f
Ill has h en pointed " ' Jj
that a lot of time would be H
paved if a chooser sin p.; f
would name the most b
M. tiful girl in America, lint r
nobody would venture t- i
I jj that.
I j . But finally such a ch f
has been nrde by a woman. J,
WL since no wuc'u
B himself in such a dangerous r
P position. The woman who I
H chose admittedly is a cor.- I.
B noisseur. A great mary
H people are of the opin
H that she knows a good-loo!.- HH
H ing woman when she so
H one and also when she KreSSy Jg
H draws one. For she is an jtfk
H artist of note and special- yf
H ires in that haunt of beaut i
H fil women, the rovers I
H Yet Ncysa McMein, min i j"
H you, did not have the cour- rrVI?
H age to select the most beau I
tiful woman she commit
ted herself to the twelv. j
fl most beautiful.
H And it goes to show j
how much beauty is a mat-
B tcr of taste ever s. nee f
I that selection persona who
disagreed have been busy
earning different dozens of
Yet there has been quite
a consensus of opinion that
the original twelve showed
sound beauty judgment.
There is Alice Joyce, for
one. Thousands who have
viewed her comeliness on
the screen are agreed on
the charm of her oval face
knd her intensely black
eyebrows. Said Miss Mc
Mein, who feels strongly on
inai cnoice t the head of
H her list: "if when I die 1 get to heaven
H all I am going to ask for is to be made
like Alice Jojce."
H Probably Miss McMein' theoi
H that is all he would have to ;.-!. for.
B When one looks like that-One gets atten-
B However, the
H that such a request on tlKpart of Miss
B McMein is superfluous anthat
H a beauty she need only go' look id the
H mirror. Alice Joyce was n di-
H vorced, and is married '.gain. I" more
than one ca.-e, it will be notei, thi
The Famous "Magazine Cover" Artist
Divides the Golden Apple Among a WhHL
Dozen Women Do You Agree
With Her Selections?
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is of the movies and the nee'
n stage. It id well thai
it sho did not remain
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t limits. Of this choice the ' '' .
r, artist said: "Mrs. Lylig "-' ' . ' lawSS' Jn':- 5 ,, v'
:r Hoyt has an arresting beauty.' -K :JBHM9HBaHHP SgffigTOL
dramatic! She is wonderful ! Sar- . .f ; - .'f'xi' ', - ' :y 'B I
t gent's portrait of her suggests a '. J'a' v fe 42?
n black panther. Her training shows 'V $ifisSx& rl$P$''
e in her beauty, the way she walks, " ' , ; --Ji5S;'. J- , "'V
ie the way she jit, the way she plays ' ' V !-."feSL'ij t :' v'T - ''iStj,
t- tennis and, by the way. she is one dHSt'SiN'
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Mrs. Lydig Hoyt, society matron and actress " . . . has an arresting )njfi'
' . beauty, dramatic! Sargent's portrait of her suggests a black panther. Her iillu. r i .'V- 11
KJ, training shows in her beauty, the way she walks, the way she sits, the ' A-rglk!";"'
'';' way she plays tennis"
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Alice Joyce, the movie star "If when I die I ge
to Heaven, all 1 am going to ask for is to be
made like Alice Joyce"
of the best amateur tennis players in the
Christine Norman is an actress on
stage and screen. "She has that kind of
beauty," said Miss McMein, "that just
stands up. It is not a beauty one has
to get accustomed to. Hers is the beauty
of design. Tied up to it is n whale of a
An Knglishwoman by marriage was
chosen, but Lady Kibblesdalo is Ameri
can by birth. She was Avn Willing,
who married the lata Colonel John Jacob
f& Astor. There was a divorce; her hus
:pt band later to go down with tho
&m Titanic married Madeleine Force.
iyj And the first Mrs. Astor wed Lord
pi Ribblesdalc. "Lady liibblesdale has
H astounding purity of features. So
I Winifred Lenihan, a talented ac
tress, is another choice. "She has the
1 head of an old Greek coin," Miss
The artist picked a poet. Under
her pen name of Michael Strang
this beauty was known for several
books of verse and plays. As Miss
Blanche Oelrichs, and then as M rs.
Leonard Thomas, she was widely
known in society. Obtaining a divorce
from Thomas, she married Jack Barry
more, the actor. She is described as
looking "like a portrait of a beautiful
youth by Raeburn come to life."
Mary Pickford is a choice who need
not be identified, and there the artist
must have won wide approval. Like sev
eral of the other choices, Mary of the
yellow curls was married, divorced, and
now is married again (needless to say)
to Douglas Fairbanks.
Of Ethel Barrymore, as well known
on the stage as Mary Pickford is on the
screen, Miss McMein said: "Her beauty
is almost submerged by her charm. Her
greatest charm ii that she is always a
big little girl. Everybody feels she is
his and her own."
Miss McMein turned to another branch
of the stage in selecting Dolores, a for
mer Follies dancer, of whom she said:
'"She has astounding perfection of line
and features. You do not associate her
with type. She is alwayp surprising."
It was society again, with the choice
of Mrs. Angier B. Duk, who before her
marriage to the tobacco multi-millionaire
was Miss Cordelia Drexel Biddlc, of
Philadelphia. A divcrce ended the union.
On this selection Misr McMein's comment
was: "Mrs. Angier Mike's beauty is that
of a beautiful Iruif. In other words, she
is a peach. You always associate her
with becoming settings those beautiful
children of hers." .
The dance had its c.ibute from art in
tb- naming of Mrs. Irene Castle, of
whom, it was said, "You cannot disso
ciate her from motion, and she is so
beautifully put togethr r. Her symmetry
is really like
the old Greek
known is the
choice of Hebe
and dan c e r,
and "like a
spray of apple
b I o s s o ms
of the young
Irish - Amnri-'
"Oi;r Mary ' of the golden curls, who
needs no introduction or descrip
tion V It was a carefully studied list
yr and i great deal of thought was
';wL given to it, bat it aroused a
storm of controversy more, it ;
StBV seems, than did a previous
'V.. !! ... eientr-i American
P-- vomen. It appears to be a good
... iei to agi ee about graat
ness than good looks.
Why, asked some objectors,
did Miss McMein select for her
. . lor I . tes of the
tae. tin screen and society?
S There surely are many other
; S roses "doomed to blush un-
vtt L een," as compared to those
- x&wk VVMO are so constantly in the
sa Co4 ''J'h' l-i 'i there many
a woman of utter loveliness
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.f' . i' ill w ho i j i!d sar.d I
" f n'" Pi-ettie '.' It ifl not '
?9--- unlikely that the artist might
admit the justice of
" . , that argument, but . i
fv'i declare that in nam-
' Jl ing unknowns she
gijLN. j"" would have had a
j5?: . list that would have
jiff y had little or no sup-
vSnk '' iot. or opposition.
?iflf '( Perhaps, then,
1' ft'lv Miss McMein's list
i fi should be aid to
; l-'on,Pr'; the twelve
I ' II I W w most h c a u 1 ' u 1
ij ' ' whose beauty has
11 boon seen by many
n'U in por8on or in
I iiiilWVi - ture' Anu s"' "iu
IfilllWl be given much .-redil j
I i for be ing the first to
.JlLlA1 essay the task of such
an interesting iit. -M
What if nine out of ten 'B
Americans would revise
th? McMcin Wt radii ally.
fS3fc Beanty tftet alii
"j5if matter of taste- "o stand-
WMtEUp ra can be set. Beauty
as on Seef t
mjKt As the French scientist.
Professor Dardinot. has
Mrs. Angier B. Duke, society
matron " . . . her beauty is
that of a beautiful fruit. In other
words, she is a peach. You al
ways associate her with becoming
settings those beautiful children
irisn - .men
can beauty, and the way all young Amer
ican girls ought to look." She was pre
mier danseuse in the Metropolitan pres
entation of "Coq d'Or." Miss McMein
pointed out that her dancing training
had given her great beauty of movement
und that, along with her exquisite beau
ty, she has brains.
That completes Mus McMein's collec
tion of American beauties in a dozen
lot, and it must be conceded that it is a
very impreaive and very charming col
aptly put it, no two men
will agree that a woman J
is beautiful unless their j j
"seeing machinery" is
alike. And such mac'nin- -jfl
ery differs widely between
races and nations, and
even wthm them.
Thus it happens, the pro
fessor points out, that some African
tribes think pendulous lips and distorted
tars beautiful, while others prefer shaved
heads to luxuriant tresses. The Turk
thinks that beauty is in fatness, while
many Occidentals prefer thinness.
"Wl can define beauty," the profe3sor ;
'oneludc-. 'not as soi.iethit.g as rigid a
truth, but as flowing as water, as shifting
as the desert sand, a mirage which each
man andwoman builds up of tiny sight
no-.ks on the retina of the eye which sends
I ragtag message to his or her brain."