Meet the Kim Kardashian of the 1890s

How an unexceptional vaudeville performer turned a lurid tabloid scandal into national fame and a lucrative personal brand.

Illustration by Ellen Surrey
A drawing of Little Egypt appeared on the cover of the March 1894 issue of “The National Police Gazette” (one of the first men’s magazines) depicting a dancing girl performing for an all-male audience.
A photograph of Little Egypt. (Courtesy of the Digital Collection of the New York Public Library.)

Narratively is a storytelling platform and production company that celebrates humanity through diverse, authentic, high-quality content.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store