The leading ladies of old Shanghai

By Zjang Kun in Shanghai ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-04-09 07:27:32

The leading ladies of old Shanghai

From left: Ruan Lingyu, Hu Die, Zhou Xuan and Eileen Chang. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

A look at some of the most famous Chinese celebrities of the past

In a time when there were no such things as cosmetic procedures, eyelash extensions and complex skin serums, China's female celebrities of the past were best known for their poise, impeccable fashion sense and au naturel looks, classic traits that till today are still revered by Chinese people.

The fascination with their timeless beauty had resurfaced during Chinese New Year this year when a WeChat user posted a picture of an old album containing photos of a gorgeous lady from the yesteryears. The image promptly went viral on Chinese social media and countless users soon contributed to the trending topic by sharing images of their grandmothers.

Here are some of the most prominent female figures in old Shanghai who were best known for their natural beauty and flair in the arts and entertainment scene.

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