Over the last 100 years, from decade to decade, it’s amazing to see how the look of Iranian women has changed. It’s not at all what we expected, and proves that more modern times don’t always equate to more modern traditions.

Cut.com, the talented folks behind this time-lapse, their 3rd in an ongoing series about beauty, offered no accompanying historical information on their YouTube page or site, which is why we did not include any. But their lack of background information is by design. Cut’s Mike Gaston told Yahoo Beauty, “We wanted to show that Iran, just like our country, has never been static. The culture has changed a lot over time. And hopefully, those changes would surprise people enough that they’d want to know why and do a little work on their own to find out more.” For those who do want more info, they break down some of the decade by decade history in this article.