N.B This post was originally published in March 2015.

Back in 1965, the Lebanese Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery had six surgeons. Today there are probably six plastic surgeons working on my neighbor this afternoon. Needless to say, supply and demand for plastics has grown exponentially.

But believe it or not, there was a time when Lebanese women retained their original noses; cartilage was intact, bridges were bumpy, and nostrils were wide enough to allow normal breathing. Then the small nose craze swept the world and women became obsessed with having cute button noses, and Lebanese women were no exception.

Before Lebanese women began earning their “nose bandage of honor,” faces were more interesting; noses were stronger and proportional to the rest of the features. Here are eleven photos that remind us how beautiful original noses were, before they began to go extinct.



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The OG (Original Gangster) Sabah had this gorgeous nose for most of her career. Look how happy and great she looks with her original parts intact!



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This airline advertisement proves two things: the original Lebanese nose is awesome, and Lebanese women have always had a knack for winged eyeliner.



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This photo was taken at Studio Shehrazade in Saida during the early 1960’s. Look how powerful those noses look. And the woman on the right is sporting a gorgeous unibrow too – I can get behind this look.



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Another photo taken at Studio Shehrazade in Saida, sometime around 1973-74. Petition to bring back everything about this woman’s look: the short wedding dress, the pronounced nose, and that look that tells us that she’s considering stabbing this man on their wedding night.



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A photo of a wedding in Baalbak shows this gorgeous woman wearing generous amounts of blue eye-shadow and her real nose. Look at her hot husband; she can smell his bullshit [with her original nose] from a mile away. She’s giving him an arms-length hug that says, “Can we just be friends?”



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Nouhad Cabbabe was Miss Lebanon in 1962, and placed among the top 15 finalists in the Miss Universe pageant. Beautiful and natural.



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This photo of a Lebanese female fighter is perfect. I love how she didn’t neglect styling her outfit with a beret, a cool bracelet, and a ring. But the real accessory is that nose.



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This beautiful photo of a young girl exemplifies the classic Lebanese features: dark eyes, a pronounced nose, and thick eyebrows.



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This cover of a Lebanese fashion magazine in the late 1950’s puts Vogue to shame.



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Of course we can’t forget the mother of Lebanese beauty herself, Miss Universe, Georgina Rizk.



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And this is one last image from the archive of studio Shehrazade sometime between 1948 and 1982. Simply put, it is perfection. Call her Beyonce because this chick is fierce.

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