They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but also true beauty is subtle. Looking at vintage photographs, women of the past had pure beauty. We’ve put together five of the most beautiful women in history. These women aren’t exactly well-known today, but they caught the attention of everyone around them during their lifetime.

Maude Adams, the highest-paid actress

Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden, known professionally as Maude Adams, turned heads on Broadway as an American actress. She was best remembered as first playing the role of Peter Pan in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan.

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Adams was the highest paid actress of her day, earning more than one million dollars during the peak of her career.

Rita Martin, the photographer and suffragist

Rita Martin was a well-known society photographer in the early 1900s. She was regarded as “one of the best British photographers of all time.” She photographed suffragists and was a suffragist herself.

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But if you ask us, Martin was worthy of being photographed, as well.

Mary Pickford, America’s sweetheart

Possibly one of the most well-known women on this list, Mary Pickford was “America’s sweetheart.” Known as “the girl with the curls,” Pickford starred in motion pictures throughout the 1900s and even founded her own production company, Pickford-Fairbanks Studio.

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If you’re not impressed by that, Pickford also helped found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who presents the yearly “Oscar” award ceremony.

Gabrielle Ray, the most photographed woman in the world

If you’ve seen Gabrielle Ray’s picture before, that’s not surprising. Ray, a popular English actress from the early 1900s, became one of the most photographed women in the world. Photographers loved capturing her expressions.

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Ray is now considered one of the most beautiful women ever to exist, and we won’t disagree.

Cleo de Merode, “Queen of Beauty”

Cleopatra Diane de Merode, known professionally as Cleo de Merode, was a French dancer in the early 1900s. She was the first woman to be voted “Queen of Beauty” in the “Top Beautiful Women” contest organized by Illustration magazine in 1896.

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We can see why she was voted “Queen of Beauty.” Her natural expression makes her unique and beautiful in her own special, unforgettable way.