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(Drop Dead) Beautiful

We bet you’ve in one way or another heard of the four great beauties of Ancient China. If you love Chinese drama series, then their names definitely won’t sound foreign to you at all. Namely Xi Shi, Wang ZhaoJun, Diao Chan and Yang Guifei, these pretty little faces were famous for their alluring beauty. We know, we know… We always think that the roles of women in the past were very limited. But these beauties were really not your typical unprivileged women who held no power and authority. They were the very personification of the phrase “with great beauty comes great responsibility”. Because they were blessed with great beauty, all the four of them had a part to play in political matters. Check out our magazine by clicking on the link below to find out more their stories and how they were involved in politics! We hope you’ll enjoy reading our magazine as much as we had fun doing it! :) CLICK HERE: BELLEZZA SPRING ISSUE #21


Roy Bates, 10,000 Chinese Number.

Dorothy Perkins, Encyclopaedia of China: History and Culture.

Dong Mei Xu, Heroines of the Everlasting Tales: A comparative study.

Harrassowitz Verlag, From Skin to Heart: Perceptions of Emotions and Bodily Sensations in Traditional Chinese Culture.

Kimberly Besio, Gender, Loyalty, And the Reproduction of the Wang ZhaoJun Legend: Some Social Ramifications of Drama in the Late Ming, January 1997.

ChinaCulture, Xishi.

ChinaCulture, Yang Guifei.

ChinaCulture, Diaochan.

ChinaCulture, Wang Zhaojun.

GBTIMES, Historical profile: Diao Chan, 16th January 2013.

GBTIMES, Xi Shi: A timeless beauty with big feet, 15th January 2013.

GENI RAITISOJA, Yang Guifei: her beauty brought down a dynasty, 11th August 2006.

HaiWang Yuan, Xi Shi, 4th October 2003

HaiWang Yuan, Wang Zhaojun, 3rd October 2003.

HaiWang Yuan, Diao Chan, 3rd October 2003.

HaiWang Yuan, The Favored Imperial Concubine, 15th March 2006.

Image credits

4 Beauty Wang Zhaojun, a-thammasak [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]

The Story of Xi Shi, a-thammasak [CC BY-NC 3.0]

중국의 4대 미인, namuwiki, [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 KR]

Diao Chan (貂蝉) — A Beauty in Three Kingdoms and Her Mysterious Ending, Wenqing Peng, [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]

Chinese historical woman famous for her beauty and elegance, Diao Chan, IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd., Getty images.

Chinese historical woman was famous for her beauty, Xi Shi, IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd., Getty images.

Wang Zhaojun, a Chinese historical beauty, who was famous for her sacrifice to the peaceful political marriage between China and the Xiongnu in Han Dynasty, IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd., Getty images.

Chinese historical beauty concubine in Tang Dynasty, Yang Kwei Fei, IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd., Getty images.

Four Great Chinese Beauties (2), Zantam03, [CC-BY-SA]

Xi Shi (4 Beauties), Zantam03, [CC-BY-SA]

Wang Zhaojun (4 Beauties), Zantam03, [CC-BY-SA]

Diao Chan (4 Beauties), Zantam03, [CC-BY-SA]

Yang Guifei (4 Beauties), Zantam03, [CC-BY-SA]