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This viral beauty video about Ireland has an interesting take on the North/South divide

Berets and guns were accessories, apparently.

WATCHCUT VIDEO IS the popular YouTube channel responsible for the ’100 Years of Beauty’ videos that always do so well.

Basically, they take a country and show how the beauty develops over each decade.

And today they covered Ireland and Northern Ireland with a line down the middle of the screen

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It started off grand in the 1920s – although shawls were definitely still a thing south of the border

20s YouTube YouTube

By the ’50s it had got surprisingly glam

50s YouTube YouTube

But when they got to the 1970s, apparently the *beauty* accessories of choice in the north were berets and guns

70s YouTube YouTube

WatchCut did make a video explaining why they chose to use paramilitary uniforms to represent the whole decade:

In the 1970s we used a look inspired by women who were fighting in the Irish Republican Army. Whether or not we were glorifying violence or terrorism by including the IRA look was a question I asked myself and I think we asked each other.
I think we would have done a disservice to the project by leaving that look out.

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Still, given the fact that the look represented the whole region for the decade couldn’t be ignored by some

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