Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, better known as “Sissi” (1837 to 1898), was famed of her beauty and especially of her very long hair across Europe. She did cultivate her own image as a work of art. Although she was quite tall (at 5’8’’ or 172cm) for that time, she weighed only 50 kg and had a 19-inch waist (50 cm).
She was especially proud of her incredibly long, chestnut hair, which hung down to her knees and grew to her ankles over the years. The braiding, arrangement and care of these streaming tresses took about 3 hours daily. The washing with mysterious essences occupied a whole day. Her appearances in public with her hair down were rare.
She fought a real battle to preserve her extraordinary look. As her fabulous beauty began to fade, her appearances in public became extremely rare and she would not be photographed or sit to have her portrait painted after she was forty. This was the way of keeping the myth of her beauty alive.