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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10 months ago

Beautiful

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#2

Julius Ceasar

Julius Ceasar

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Nathan Parrish
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10 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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10 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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10 months ago

lloks like a very wired version of Justin bieber

Týna Ef
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10 months ago

mixed with young Justin Timberlake :D

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JeffC
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10 months ago

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!!!!!! LMAO

Debrina Blackmoon
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10 months ago

sort of

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Cindy Snow
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10 months ago

Looks like a boy band member

Ananas
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10 months ago

anyone else think Bill Preston esq. ??

🐼NaeNae🐼
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10 months ago

Looks like someone who would be popular on TikTok

Steven Hansmann
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10 months ago

He supposedly killed his first man at age 12.

Risen Aboven
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10 months ago

his neck definitely would not be that effeminate what are you trying to do here ?

Doug Swicegood
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10 months ago

Oh I see! I apologize you're doing them as if they lived today! My bad!

Dana Melody
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10 months ago

Shame he died so young, would've turned into a very handsome middle aged man

Rabbit Carrot
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10 months ago

God he looks like a Paul brother. All the nopes.

Matthias Ravencroft
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5 months ago

Modern boy band member/ teen heartthrob

Naomi Cline
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9 months ago

The eyes are wonky

Kiahna
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10 months ago

How is no one thinking that he looks like Hercules?

Gaws13
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10 months ago

he kinda cute

Bunny of Hell
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10 months ago

Haha he look cute

Tim Coffman
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10 months ago

Looks like the one dude from Bill and Ted's excellent adventure

Carly Kirn
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10 months ago

The base reference is model Ryan Taylor, for those wondering.

Mehlinda Heartt
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10 months ago

a mere child that conquered most of the then world, wow

Paul Sulkowski
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10 months ago

Looks like a young Anthony Michael Hall to me.

Tarryn Louise
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10 months ago

Looks like Disney's Hercules cross with some surfer dude.

Kristine Cua
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10 months ago

He needs a new barber. Alexander is cuter than this.

Laurens Ketting
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5 months ago

IEUWW! It's the Bieber....

Babe La Rouquine
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5 months ago

He looks like Luis Miguel.

Jeff Verkouille
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9 months ago

You've missed a bit of necessary further reading however: Caesar is also recorded as going bald early in his life. The hair on the sculpture used her was purposely styled to recall Alexander the Great's tousled locks. It was a propaganda device common to Roman political sculptures of prominent leaders of his time, and can be seen in similar busts of Caesar's rival Pompey and his adopted son Augustus.

Claudia Glover
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9 months ago

who needs a chin when you've got an empire

judithfarrelly@bigpond.com
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9 months ago

Handsome lad

Jesse McCann
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9 months ago

He looks like Bill, or maybe Ted.

Jeremy Whitley
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9 months ago

Justin Bieber and Jake Paul had a baby.

Chris East
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9 months ago

David Bowie also had heterochromia!

Marilyn Proctor
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9 months ago

Nice looking

Diana Kennedy
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9 months ago

gorgeous.

Mildred Thompson
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9 months ago

The resemblance is AMAZING!

Sophie Babbitt
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9 months ago

Augh why is he hot

Deku
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9 months ago

He looks like he would be a popular tiktoker

jevais
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10 months ago

Boy band ?

Richard Catto
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10 months ago

yo, dude let's thrash it on Battlefield V xbox - bring doritos

Richard Catto
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10 months ago

dude, lets get some doritos and thrash it out in Battlefield V on xbox

Karen Klinck
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10 months ago

No. The human only generally fits the bust. The human head's too oblong. The bust's head is more egg-shaped, for want of a better word. They were too busy trying to match the eyes and hair color.

Diana Dark
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10 months ago

He looks so young!

Gabe Films
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10 months ago

looks like a jonas brother

Doug Swicegood
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10 months ago

His hair should be longer He looks like a 21st Century 20 year old! Otherwise your job is pure perfection. Handsomely executed!

Tommy Jo Hunt
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10 months ago

Handsome

Linda Quinteros
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10 months ago

This is going to sound way weird, but this looks like Noah Mac. He was on the Voice. You can find his current work on you tube. Gives me the chills...

Ellen Turner
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10 months ago

I keep thinking of the NILHS statue

jenjie.newt
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10 months ago

Looks like the bully in Encino Man

Angela Vergara
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10 months ago

Reminds me of a young, blonde Sylvester Stallone.

Angela Vergara
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10 months ago

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Autumn Drane
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10 months ago

I'm seso in Sly Stallone.

Jon S.
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10 months ago

Never heard he had heterochromia before

Jasmine Walker
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10 months ago

He looks like a He's a singer or influencer

Flash The Cat
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10 months ago

Anyone else see a bit of Elvis?

BiLal Asif
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10 months ago

A lost insta model

Monty Glue
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10 months ago

That rendition is incredible. Probably the most accurate likeness I have ever seen of him.

chi-wei shen
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10 months ago

His eyes look weird.

Bianka Nagy
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10 months ago

Did you read the text under the picture?

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Elina Kuusisto
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10 months ago

Very handsome!

Stan Zorin
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9 months ago

There is a better Hellenistic portrait of Alexander. Why wasn't that used instead of this weird one ?

Fatimah LeNora McGlown
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9 months ago

No offense, but he honestly looks creepy as heck. I would be a bit weirded out it I saw that today.

nala simba
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9 months ago

Was he really crosseyed? I prefer the original?!

Dawn Hemming
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10 months ago

The hair looks wrong - too modern cut, when it looks like the bust has more hair at the sides and not just the top.

Cookie
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10 months ago

Alexander looks quite the ponce.

Victorya Shidlovskaya
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10 months ago

Jesus, so ugly... nope

Chamara Lasantha
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10 months ago

But this new image looks like very young and someone as that powerful can't look like this. His cheeks are bit different also the eyes.

Rob Stiles
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10 months ago

Like a border collie!

Timmy
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10 months ago

Umm, what's up with his eyes?

anotherboredpanda
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10 months ago

What's up with your eyes?

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Christopher Lee
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10 months ago

I'm sure he didn't look that good after years of campaigning, hard-drinking, battle injuries, blows to the head and massacring his way across the middle east.

Emmanuel Lenain-Bernier
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10 months ago

Alexander was very temperate with alcool and everything and it's said he's never been injured in the face or on the back in his life.

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Jim Bielik
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10 months ago

Not many blonde Greeks....

Jon S.
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10 months ago

In one account Alexander is described as fair haired. In another, that he made his hair golden with saffron. And there are a surprising number of ancient Greeks mythological figures described as blonde, including Helen, Achilles and Athena. It is certainly a colour they associated with beauty at the time.

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LSR
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10 months ago

Looks like a fucking douche.

Ragnar Vagmörnasson
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10 months ago

Aye, I pposted above, but it seems to have disapeared. It looks like a bloody queer boy to me. Must be from California.

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Bean59
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10 months ago

shmexy

Ragnar Vagmörnasson
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10 months ago

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Looks like a bloody queer boy to me.

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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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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 months ago

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

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#9

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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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 months ago

He done her wrong.

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#13

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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10 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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10 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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10 months ago

Reminds me of the actress Judy Greer

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#16

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

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Bean59
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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 months ago

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

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#23

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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10 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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10 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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#25

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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10 months ago

Ear transformation

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#26

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick O'Brien
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10 months ago

Something of Anthony Hopkins in the expression of the likeness.

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#27

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

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Hunter Spencer
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10 months ago

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

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#28

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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10 months ago

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

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#29

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Patrick O'Brien
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10 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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10 months ago

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

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