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Transcript of Flapper Girls
By: Júlia Ferreira Vargas, 9th grade
How to Be a Flapper Girl
The Overturning of Victorian roles
The first appearance of those women in the United States came from the popular 1920 Frances Marion film, The Flapper, starring the actress Olive Thomas. Thomas starred in a similar role in 1917, though it was not until The Flapper that the term was used. In her final movies, she was seen as the flapper image. Other actresses, such as Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Colleen Moore and Joan Crawford would soon build their careers on the same image, achieving great popularity
Research some Famous Flappers!
Various writers in the United States such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and illustrators such as Russell Patterson, John Held Jr., and Faith Burrows popularized the flapper look and lifestyle through their works, and flappers came to be seen as attractive, reckless, and independent.
Get the Flapper Hair!
The term flapper came from a slang word, that when describing a young woman, is supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly.
"Flapper girl, flapper girl, prohibition in curls, hair of gold and a neck of pearls, it's flapper girl..."
- The Lumineers
Flappers were a symbol of the changing attitudes of what was socially acceptable. Women were give more freedom to be social amongst the male dominated society. They could dress lightly, smoke, drink, cuss, drive cars and do what the guys were doing (socially). Some said that they were one of the first feminists in the XX century.
Olivia Thomas as Ginger King in the movie The Flapper
Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Flappers in the Roaring Twenties". About.com.
The Flappers were a "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. They were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.
Why were the Flappers important?
Anita Loos (Author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
Clara Bow (Actress in film It)
Louise Brooks (Actress in film Pandora's Box)
Josephine Baker (Performer in the Folies Bergere)
Helen Kane (Singer of I Want To Be Loved By You)
Zelda Fitzgerald (Socialite, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald)
If possible, get a driver's license and a nice car. (go all out, one circa 1920s) and drive it. Flappers girls drove everywhere they could, and were not afraid to drive fast.
Instead of sitting at home, or going to dance clubs, find a Jazz club to frequent, and dance the night away.
Pout. Constantly. Make it a habit, because it will come in handy later. And if you must smile, don't do a big grin, just a small polite one will do.
Keep your hair perfectly styled and frizz free.
ALWAYS wear makeup. Even to go grocery shopping or walk the dog. In the 1920s, this was very unconventional and all Flappers did this.
Be very flirtatious, but remain classy. You should practice being sexy, sophisticated and care-free, and try to go out on plenty of dates and to parties - looking fabulous, of course.
If you're staying home with your friends (who are preferably Flappers), play games of Mah-Jongg.
Live like a Flapper!
Use Flapper slang, with moderation. Here are some examples!
Good - Bee's knees, berries, cat's pajamas, copacetic, hotsy-totsy, jake, kippy, nifty, ritzy, spiffy, swanky, swell.
Bad - Applesauce, baloney, banana oil, bunk, hokum, hooey, horse feathers, lousy.
Body parts - Feet = Dogs, Legs = Gams or Stilts, Mouth = Kisser, Nose = Smeller
Money - Sugar
Dud - A wall flower
Sweetie - Anybody you hate
Butt me - Give me a cigarette
Dress like a Flapper!
Dresses. Look for: dropped waistlines, plunging necklines, plunging backs, and sleeveless dresses.
Long tight-fitting shoulder-length satin gloves.
Cloche hats, peekaboo hats and feathered hats.
Headbands, particularly feathered headbands.
Things with feathers and fringes.
Knee-length skirts, or those slightly below the knee.
Knit suits (skirt sets)
Long strands of pearls
Your flapper look will not be complete with out Flapper hair. A Flapper's hair was extremely important. Ridiculously important. Flapper's wore their hair in bobs.
Flappers' behavior was considered outlandish at the time and redefined women's roles. The evolving image of flappers was of independent young women who went by night to jazz clubs where they danced provocatively, smoked cigarettes and dated freely, perhaps indiscriminately. They were active, sporting, rode bicycles, drove cars, and openly drank alcohol, a defiant act in the American period of Prohibition. With time, came the development of dance styles then considered shocking, such as the Charleston, the Shimmy, the Bunny Hug, and the Black Bottom.
Flappers also began working outside the home and challenging women's traditional societal roles. They were considered a significant challenge to traditional Victorian gender roles, devotion to plain-living, hard work and religion. Increasingly, women discarded old, rigid ideas about roles and embraced consumerism and personal choice, and were often described in terms of representing a "culture war" of old versus new. Flappers also advocated voting and women's rights. In this manner, flappers were a result of larger social changes — women were able to vote in the United States in 1920, and religious society had been rocked by the Scopes trial.