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How hairstyles, make-up and nail polish have always been just as essential for social rebellion as placards

A statement red lip? A revolutionary crop? Beauty has been used as a weapon for social rebellion for decades. Browse the gallery below to see the key events that shaped history.

llustration: Eve Lloyd Knight

Illustration: Eve Lloyd Knight, YCN

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