Cue: You hear it all the time. Claims that young people are self obsessed, vain and narcissistic with social media being pointed at as the culprit; but surely its not a new thing to be vain. Joe Pilbrow investigates vanity throughout history and the many forms that it has taken.

In…”People always talk about…”

This BBC Radio 1 story tracks the many ways that vanity has shown itself in the human race throughout time in an attempt to disprove the belief that its just instagram and young people with the narcissism gene.

The programme feature Gemma from JustHistoryPosts and student and model Reuben.

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