Lumière Brothers - The Serpentine Dance (c.1899). The Lumière Brothers filmed this in black and white, and then hand coloured (probably with little paint brushes) each frame of the film. You can see the full movie here.
As the great botanist Bichat long ago said, if everyone were cast in the same mould, there would be no such thing as beauty. If all our women were to become as beautiful as the Venus de’ Medici, we should for a time be charmed; but we should soon wish for variety; and as soon as we had obtained variety, we should wish to see certain characteristics in our women a little exaggerated beyond the then existing common standard.
Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man
Song: “Beautiful People” by The Books
lord of the rings meme - 10 characters [4/10] - Boromir, Captain of the White Tower