Nose rings: Is Paris fashion-freak crazy? (1913)

Has Paris gone fashion-freak crazy?

Here is the latest fad of the gay city. What next?

by Olivette

Of course, there is nothing new under the sun — we all know that. But! But the wooden shoes of Holland would seem new if they appeared on Fifth Avenue instead of on the dykes of the Netherlands.

Now consider the nose ring.

A popular French actress has set all Paris to considering it, and when you introduce the favorite ornament of the Fiji islander on the boulevards and boards of Paris you get a new combination. To use a nose ring suggests a painted savage or the prize bull at a county fair. To some of the giddy ladies of the gay French capital, it has suggested a chance to appear with something novel, daring and attention compelling, decorating (???) her just where it is sure to win attention.

Pug nose, Greek nose, straight nose, Roman nose — perhaps they are going to swell the ring of ringed flat noses. A fashion from the Cannibal isles!

Paris, in taking up this freak fashion, daringly suggested by an amusing little actress, is watching to see if we will add the accomplishment of wearing this ornament (?) to our other accomplishment of dancing a la newly popular friends, the savages.

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The ankle bracelet has quite a number of followers — now the nose ring has made its debut, and the question before the house is what next?

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But if we ever see one of our pretty little San Francisco girls parading up Market street with a ring in her nose, we either cut out Welsh rarebits forever or march straight to the best sanity expert we can find.

Nose rings! Never! And you all agree, don’t you, girls?

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