As if we needed more proof that red lips are the ultimate womanly glam, scholars from the University of Modena and Reggio and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy have discovered that the famous statue of the Medici Venus once had red lips. Yes, this statue of the Roman goddess of love was in color and she had sensual red lips!
This statue is one of the most copied statues of all time. The original was a bronze Greek statue from the 1st Century BC, which depicts the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. No one knows who sculpted The Medici Venus statue, but its first public record dates at 1638 in the Villa Medici (hence its name) in Rome. It has been on display at the Uffizi Gallery since 1677.
Her lips once had red lips and her hair was plated with gold to emphasize her beauty and her hypnotic hold over men. Over the years, because of over-cleaning and passage of time, the color has worn away. She might also have worn earrings as they have discovered earlobe holes. The Goddess of Love is arguably the most interesting of all the ancient gods. She was intriguing, sensual, and has been depicted in art throughout the centuries as one of the most beautiful beings in the female form to have ever existed, mythical or real.
I love the fact that women have worn red lipstick for centuries. I love that it has been a symbol of beauty and femininity since the dawn of civilization. I love that every time I wear my Red Apple Lipstick I am continuing a tradition that has been passed down from woman to woman… and it seems that this tradition started with ancient Goddess of Love herself!