Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by history and archaeology. I think humans perceive the past as a series of events; something like a movie that we can’t really feel or touch. I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those that truly humanize us - the bodies from Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Inca mummies, the personal objects of those long gone, and more.

I’ve always thought how incredible it would be to see historical events and people the way they actually happened and the way they actually looked. I started Royalty Now in February of 2019, simply as a way for me to see my favorite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, as a modern woman. I wanted to know if she could come to life from the few pale, flat portraits we have of her. I started the account to satisfy my own curiosity about what members of the past would look like if they were standing right in front of me. I’m incredibly thankful for the support and interest the account has received, and can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Nefertiti

Nefertiti

"This bust of Nefertiti (believed to have been sculpted during her lifetime) is famous for its grace and beauty. Nefertiti lived from approximately 1370 - 1330 BC. She was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Akhenaten is famous for his attempt to transition Egypt into a monotheistic society (worshipping only the sun god, Aten), instead of a polytheistic one."

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Marky Mark
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9 months ago

Beautiful

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Nathan Parrish
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9 months ago

Looks like a tech billionaire

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#3

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

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Vicky Zar
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9 months ago

Meryl Streep

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#4

Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

"I did some research on his looks and it is recorded that he had curly golden hair and heterochromia (one eye blue and one eye brown or a combo of both), so he was definitely a striking figure."

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TheGr81sComing
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9 months ago

lloks like a very wired version of Justin bieber

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#5

Agrippina The Younger

Agrippina The Younger

"Agrippina the Younger is someone I only recently learned more about but she had a crazy life. She was the sister of Emperor Caligula and the mother of Emperor Nero. I highly recommend giving her a search if you’re interested in that era of Roman history!"

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ju Hel
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9 months ago

Her (I think 3rd) husband changed her birthplace, a small village, into a roman city in her name. The oppidum ubiorum became Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, CCAA. Today known as Cologne (Köln)

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#6

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

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Daniel Mason
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9 months ago

Looks like original Kylie Jenner

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#7

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
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9 months ago

I'm that Boleyn girl, and I'm up next...

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#8

Mary, Queen Of Scots

Mary, Queen Of Scots

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Lauren Moss
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9 months ago

Love that you can see the resemblence between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I!

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Madame De Pompadour

Madame De Pompadour

"Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour. She first caught the eye of Louis XV at a masked ball in 1745 (it was said that she was dressed as a domino, and he was dressed as a plant) and was his chief mistress thereafter until 1751. Even after she was no longer Louis' mistress, she was a trusted friend, confidante, and advisor, essentially becoming one of the most powerful women at the French court until her death in 1764."

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Tommy Jo Hunt
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9 months ago

Very attractive

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#10

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

"During her life, Elisabeth (known as Sisi), was known for being beautiful, smart, rebellious and passionate. Definitely worth some digging into if you are interested in late 1800s Europe."

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Rhiannon Feiryred
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9 months ago

Liv Tyler!

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#11

Louis XIV, The Sun King

Louis XIV, The Sun King

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MagicalUnicorn
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9 months ago

Jon Snow, is that you?

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#12

Katherine Of Aragon

Katherine Of Aragon

"This portrait of Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII and Queen of England from 1509-1533, has always been my favorite. There are several portraits of her that all range in looks, so it’s hard to tell her true likeness. I think this one captures her piety, meekness, and obedience as documented by historians."

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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

He done her wrong.

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Louis XV

Louis XV

"Louis XV is lesser known than his predecessor the Sun King and his heir, Louis XVI, but he was the second-longest reigning monarch in French history. I have always known him by his famous mistresses, Madame De Pompadour and Madame du Barry."

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Seabeast
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9 months ago

He loved working with his hands, apparently. He'd probably have been a mechanic, carpenter, or worked at some other trade in modern times. Maybe a mechanical engineer, if he did go white collar.

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Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

"She was the only wife to outlive the king, who was tyrannical in his last years."

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Viviane
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9 months ago

Anne of Cleves outlived him as well. She got the best deal: Henry VIII annulled the marriage within a year, gave her some nice properties, a title, and honorary membership to the family as "the King's Beloved Sister" (invitations to court without the hassle of being married to someone toxic).

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#15

Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette

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M.J.
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9 months ago

Reminds me of the actress Judy Greer

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The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

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Bean59
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9 months ago

she's so pretty!

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#17

Queen Isabella Of Castile

Queen Isabella Of Castile

"Queen Isabella of Castile, partner to Ferdinand II of Aragon and the queen who sent Columbus on his way to the “new world” in 1492. "

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Altrerosje Ngastowo
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9 months ago

Greta Thunberg

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#18

Emperor Augustus

Emperor Augustus

"Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar) was the first emperor of Rome, ending 500 years of republic. He’s an incredibly controversial figure, especially due to the smart and ruthless way he came to power, but he ruled over a time of relative peace in the Roman empire."

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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

He looks Hollywood ready.

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#19

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

"Abe Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy."

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Dl B
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9 months ago

He would look like Daniel Day Lewis

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#20

Christina Of Denmark

Christina Of Denmark

"Christina of Denmark, seen here in an original Hans Holbein portrait, lived from 1521 - 1590. Christina was considered as a possible bride for King Henry VIII of England. Christina was not fond of the English King's reputation, given that he had divorced his first wife and beheaded his second wife. The originator of one of the greatest quotes about King Henry in history, Christina famously said: "If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal." What an amazing denial to a marriage proposal."

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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

Good for her.

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#21

Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

"Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was actually the cousin of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. When they married, he was 49 and she only 16 or 17. Katherine was accused of adultery and executed by the King, ending her short reign as the Queen of England."

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Jster
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9 months ago

So this is what started duck lips

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#22

Eleanor Of Toledo

Eleanor Of Toledo

"Eleanor of Toledo was an astonishing woman. Originally from Toledo, Spain, she was a bride to a famous member of the Medici Family, Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband regularly consulted with her on matters of politics, and she even served as consort during his time away from Florence."

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earringnut
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9 months ago

Holy Toledo! (I'm going, I'm going.)

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Madame Du Barry

Madame Du Barry

"This is Madame du Barry - the official mistress of Louis XV after his first love, Madame de Pompadour’s death."

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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

He definitely had a type.

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#24

Caligula

Caligula

"Caligula, infamous brat and Roman Emperor."

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Christoph Lindemann
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9 months ago

You could have just postet a picture of Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones). They look pretty much alike.

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Napoleon

Napoleon

"Did you know that Napoleon was most likely 5'7"? That's taller than King Louis XIV. Some say his perceived smaller stature was due to him looking small in comparison to his huge accomplishments. Others say there was an error when translating his true height from French to English. Who do you think he looks like here?"

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Pinky TutuTwo
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9 months ago

Ear transformation

Bobby's Girl
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9 months ago

And chin reduction - thinner face overall, actually.

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Mateus Sohne
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9 months ago

Of course Napoleon would be Quentin Tarantino!

Jim Ellington
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9 months ago

Why would he, exactly?

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Jeffrey Youngblood
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9 months ago

Looks like Quentin Tarantino

Amanda Hunter
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9 months ago

I would imagine that back then the artist would have idealized the subject.

Maria Zaikina
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9 months ago

based on a photo of Tarantino

Mia Miočević
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9 months ago

Quentin tarantino a bit..

Pamela Cole
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9 months ago

To me, he looks a bit like Alan Alda

Julie Gates
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8 months ago

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Kevan Brighting
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9 months ago

David Cameron.

A. Sherlocat
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8 months ago

LOL!!!

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Nadezda Ivanovna
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9 months ago

David Byrne

Jon S.
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9 months ago

I have been led to believe the rumours of his small stature come from British cartoons that regularly mocked him as tiny angry clown. Similar to the way south park portrays Kim Jong Un.

Karen Klinck
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8 months ago

All his personal guard were 6'5" or taller. Of course he looked short, and of course the British cartoonists took advantage of that.

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Helen Haley
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9 months ago

Looks like that CEO no one wants to work for.

Nick Clark
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3 months ago

Piers Morgan!

David D'Arcy
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3 months ago

That was my first thought! And second. Definitely closer to Piers Morgan than Quentin Tarantino. Or David Cameron!!

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Matt Crook
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8 months ago

Elijah Wood

Frank Biekart
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8 months ago

Give him command of the US or Russia and tomorrow he'd be conquoring the world. Theres no military or political mind like his before or since. One tough Corsican

Kade MacNeill
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9 months ago

The modern-day version looks like the director from night at the museum

Murray Gewirtz
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9 months ago

Why did you make Napoleon's ear altogether different than the one in the painting?!

Jim Ellington
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9 months ago

Actually, the troops he was usually surrounded by were exceptionally tall for their day.

Cookie
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9 months ago

His neck is too thin and long in the second pic.

Peggy Carey
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9 months ago

Alan Alda

Victoria Buckley
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9 months ago

I saw a collection of his and his courts clothes at a gallery a few years ago. They were all tiny

Daniel Tregant
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9 months ago

Elon Musk?

Kjorn
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9 months ago

makes me think of Alan Alda in M.A.S.H.

pebs
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9 months ago

More Kyle MacLachlan to me...

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Hernan Gomeri
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3 months ago

looks like he went on a diet

nico viljoen
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3 months ago

That's Joaquin Phoenix, surely!

nico viljoen
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3 months ago

That's Joaquin Phoenix, sure of it!

Martin Roy
Community Member
3 months ago

Today looks like Jared Kushner. SCARY!

Charlie McMichael
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3 months ago

Quentin Tarantino

Fiona Peters
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3 months ago

Mark Gatiss as Mycroft

Cristina D'Agostino
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3 months ago (edited)

looks like quintin tarentino

devin clary
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4 months ago

He is also described as swarthy, a little darker. - as depicted on the left. He supposedly looked like a little chubby Italian man

Bri Bee
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8 months ago

he's almost as tall as jojo siwa, so thats pretty cool

Lisa Lilly
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8 months ago

Similar to Jared Kushner

Sarah Williams
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8 months ago

Charlie Sheen

Tess Dedman
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8 months ago

macron

Andres Tejeda
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8 months ago

Looks like Elijah wood.

Jessica Elizalde
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8 months ago

If reincarnated, Napoleon would be one of those 40 year olds still wearing an Adidas track suit and thinking they're a bogan

Karen Klinck
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8 months ago

He was small compared to his personal guard, all of who were 6'5" or taller, and then they wore those ridiculous hats (kinda like the wooly things some British soldiers wear.)

mande.b
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8 months ago

It˙s not wool at all! Those tall hats, that Britts Queen Guard are wearing are made from bears skin!

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Bilal Hadrous
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8 months ago

Quentin Tarantino

Tom Adam
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8 months ago

Is it just me, or does that modern rendering make him look like Ted Cruz?

Jillian Vice
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8 months ago

Looks like QuentinTarantino

Tyrone Bunce
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8 months ago

Any military megalomaniac you care to mention .... !!!

Slavomír Čéplö
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8 months ago

Ted Cruz, is that you?

Silard Antal
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8 months ago

Phil Collins close resemblance?

Adrian Johnson
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8 months ago

He looks like Dominic Cummings in a wig. Dominic Cummings acts like him. They would have liked each other.

Sarah Storm
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8 months ago

I think he looks like Dwight Schrute from the Office US. Might just be me though. I mean, the haircut is different, but the face structure is similar.

Robby
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8 months ago

Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, who coincidentally is 5’7”. He the guy that price fixed life saving medication by jacking up the price.

Nick McPherran
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8 months ago

His height, and body weight prob gave the illusion of shorter. His round face, and thick neck didn't translate well into newer photo.

Marc Phlip
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8 months ago

He was definitly not short at all, this is story created by his enemy to try to belittle him, I that time this is the only thing they could do against him

Barbara Gilman
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8 months ago

The lack of color translation throws me--the portraits are much healthier looking with their spray tan than the "modern" portraits. People were pretty short in those days.... diet . . . so 2" would be a biggie but short is short. That's why George Washington's height was such a huge shock in his time

Vickkie Jones
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8 months ago

Piers Morgan

Karen Klinck
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8 months ago

He was also balding on top.

Marco Martini
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8 months ago

Quentin Tarantino, is it you?

sam
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8 months ago

Anyone else see Elon Musk?

Barbara Gusset
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8 months ago

He looks like the German comedian Hirschhausen.

Kim Shannon
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8 months ago

Quentin Tarantino

Megan Close
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9 months ago

Too gaunt in the cheek-

Mark Howell
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9 months ago

David Tennent

Mel S
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9 months ago

Looks like John Delancie, back in his Q days, to me!

Prideep Vincent
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9 months ago

Tarantino's younger brother??

Martin van Olphen
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9 months ago

quinten tarrantino... :D

Martin van Olphen
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9 months ago

quinten tarrantino

Paula Greene
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9 months ago

He looks like Star treks Q

Jorge Delgado Otero
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9 months ago

He looks too english in the right pic.

Kristin Webb
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9 months ago

Cross between a young Michael Douglas and Paul Newman, perhaps?

Sandra Chekas
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9 months ago

Colin Firth)

Terry Melvin
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9 months ago

he looks Italian!

ADHORTATOR
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9 months ago

He was (almost), his family came from Italy to Corsica

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Camille Lopez
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9 months ago

Moriarty.

Gingergirl
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9 months ago

Yeah same with Lincoln

Janelle Kent
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9 months ago

A young Jim Broadbent

Rosemary Cavanagh
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9 months ago

Ted Cruz

Les Nearhood
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9 months ago

John De Lancie

Janet Caterina
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9 months ago

Quentin Tarantino

Nemanja Marić
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9 months ago

Actualy, he was wery young when he became corporal, so they called him "little corporal". ;-)

Helen Chappell
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9 months ago

I always thought John Belushi could have been Bonaparte.

Ray Heap
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9 months ago

It‘s Q!

Jo Kuiper
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9 months ago

The ear is wrong.

Sunny Hernandez
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9 months ago

Today, he might be selling you an iPad. 😁

Judith Braunfeld
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9 months ago

Very interesting idea.

gavin smith
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9 months ago (edited)

... he ate the ziggy-piggy

Ray Johnson
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9 months ago

they completely different ears.

Nehoslav Zombiš
Community Member
9 months ago

tarantino

Dana Melody
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9 months ago

Looks like he could have been cast in Downton Abbey.

A Water Bottle
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9 months ago

Another Tech Billionaire

Russian Otaku
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9 months ago

The stupid as fuck him being short shit is long lasting propaganda that idiots to this day don't stop spreading

Barbara Daly
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9 months ago

Looks like Ted Cruz

Tristan Antoine
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9 months ago

George Osbourne

Alain Roy
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8 months ago

Joachim Poenix.

Stephen Matthews
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9 months ago

The point made about British propaganda, especially, is correct. Also, his Imperial Guard were all 6' plus without their tall bearskin hats. He was above average height.

Joe Leong
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9 months ago

Kinda resembles a young version of that abhorrent cunt George Osbourne

Sarah Karatzios
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9 months ago

No need to be offensive!

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick O'Brien
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9 months ago

Something of Anthony Hopkins in the expression of the likeness.

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Henry VIII

Henry VIII

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Hunter Spencer
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9 months ago

I don't think he would like Six: the Musical

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King Henry VII

King Henry VII

"Here we are with Henry VII, the first tudor monarch, a frequent request from you all. Henry was the last king of England to attain the throne in battle after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485."

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Sunny Hernandez
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9 months ago

Thank God for Princess Di and Kate Middleton. Inbreeding leads to so much ugliness. 😁

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Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Patrick O'Brien
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9 months ago

Close, but if I met the likeness, I'm not sure the first thing I would think of is Mona Lisa. The shape of the face is not quite right and her expression lacks the subtlety of the original.

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#30

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

"Grace Kelly, American film actress and Princess of Monaco."

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Jim Kang
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9 months ago

Look, she doesn't need you to "improve" her look. She was, and still is stunning.

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