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emilienne d alencon 1900s one of the “Three Graces of the Belle Époque” along with Liane de Pougy and Caroline Otero the Folies Bergere 1889

Cléopatra Diane de Mérode was born in Paris, France. At the age of eight Cléo was sent to study dance and made her professional debut at age eleven. She grew into a beautiful young woman, noted for her tiny waist which was accentuated by tightlacing which was popular with women at the time.