The myths and legends surrounding Cleopatra are an endless source of fascination. Her seductiveness, her power over men, her political prowess. Depending on the historical accounts, though, she was either a beauty born or a beauty made. Those who claim the latter say she presented herself as a larger-than-life Goddess incarnate, always making grand entrances and donning lavish clothing and makeup. Here was a woman who knew the transformative power of dress.
We may not know exactly what the Egyptian Queen looked like, but we have a cliche image of her in our minds that popular culture has created. It’s the Elizabeth Taylor black fringed hair and kohl eyeliner, the full lips and seductive stares. That’s what’s conveyed, beautifully and powerfully and with a modern twist, in this shoot by photographer Marley Kate.
Though this Cleopatra, Julia Kravets, is at times raven-haired, at times blonde, she’s instantly recognisable. Photographed for Vice Style, you can view more at the gallery above.
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