Sometimes learning about historical figures can be boring. Wouldn't it be much more exciting if the historical figures were given a present-day transformation? An artist named Becca Saladin has been transforming historical figures into modern-day people. From Mona Lisa to Marie Antionette, she is reimagining them all. Prepare for your history books to get a new modern twist.
Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen who was known for her role in the religious revolution. She had many nicknames, including "Lady of all Women." Maybe she was the first feminist icon.
Her updated look sticks with the ancient Egyptian style through her dark cat eyeliner. In modern-day, she still looks as graceful and beautiful as ever.
2. Julius Caesar
As a Roman dictator, Julius Caesar played a critical role in the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He was also the first Roman General to cross the English Channel and the Rhine River.
Despite the fact that he was a dictator, he looks like a handsome man based on his modern-day transformation. Can you see Julius Caesar as the next Bachelor?
3. Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (both on our list). Her parent's marriage was annulled, and she was declared illegitimate. That has got to hurt her ego.
She once said, "God forgive you, but I never can." Who hurt you Elizabeth?! In her present-day makeover, she looks less intimidating than her original portrait, but she still has a resting B face.
4. Alexander The Great
Alexander the Great was the king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. By the age of thirty, he created one of the largest empires in the ancient world. It is said that he had heterochromia, meaning his eyes were two different colors.
Based on his modern-day picture, he was a handsome fellow and would be a great inspiration for a Disney prince. Doesn't he kind of resemble Prince Phillip from Snow White?
5. Agrippina The Younger
Agrippina was a roman empress and one of the more prominent women in the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. We love a powerful female figure! Although she was known to be ruthless, violent, and domineering, so we can't really praise her that much.
Is it just us or does her present-day makeover look like Susan Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri? The similarity is striking, and maybe we found another historical doppelganger!
6. Jane Austen
Jane Austen was a great English novelist known for her exploration of women's dependence on marriage for favorable social and economic security. Her most famous novel was "Pride and Prejudice."
In a weird way, she looks like Kylie Jenner before her lip fillers. She was a bit of a plain Jane and lived a fairly uneventful life.
7. Catherine Parr
Finally, we have come to the last of Henry VIII's six wives. Catherin Parr had four husbands, so maybe they were having a secret competition for who could marry the most people.
In present-day, she looks eerily like Drew Barrymore, but she was usually forgotten when it came to the most beautiful wives of King Henry VIII. She was always being compared to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. But, she was the first wife to outlive the king.
8. Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII. As we previously mentioned her daughter was Queen Elizabeth I. She was executed because there were charges of witchcraft and adultery. Before her untimely downfall, she was an important part in creating the church of England.
It is clear why Henry VIII fell for her, and he would probably have fallen for her in the present-day as well.
9. Mary, Queen Of Scots
Mary was the Queen of Scotland for 25 years. She was the only surviving child of King James V, and when she was just six days old her father passed away making her the queen.
The tv series, Reign, followed the exploits of Queen Mary in her early life. She was played by Adelaide Kane who looks shockingly like her. Her resemblance and skill made her the perfect choice to play this queen.
10. Empress Elisabeth Of Austria
Empress Elisabeth was not only the Empress of Austria, but she was also the Queen of Hungary by marriage to Emporer Franz Joseph I. Her nickname was Sisi which seems more playful for someone in her position.
She was known for her beautiful, smart, and rebellious personality. She looks like she would still be remembered for her gracious looks and demeanor.
11. Katherine Of Aragon
Here we have the first wife of King Henry VIII. Yes, he had many wives, but Catherine wasn't so innocent herself. She was married to Henry's older brother before marrying Henry.
Both portraits capture her gentle and obedient manner. She looks sad, and we would be too, knowing that her husband annulled their marriage to wed someone else right before we died.
12. Marie Antoinette
"Let them eat cake!" As the last Queen of France, she will never be forgotten. French revolutionaries overthrew her and they declared, "Off with her head." Her and her husband's deaths marked the end of the monarchy in France.
Among other things, she was known for flamboyant style and large hairdos. In the newer picture, her hair is less voluminous and more natural.
13. Louis XV
Louis XV was the predecessor of his grandfather the Sun King, Louis XIV. He wasn't as well known as his grandfather, but he was the second longest-reigning monarch in French history. He also had a famous mistress who you might remember as Madame de Pompadour.
He looks like he would be a good late-night talk show host with those looks. What would his show be called?
14. The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov
Don't even deny it, Anastasia was one of the best and most underrated movies. The movie told the story of the Grand Duchess of Anastasia Romanov who was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicolas II. It is thought that she escaped while the rest of her family was killed. That is what happens in the movie at least.
In the photo on the right, she looks just like Millie Bobbi Brown, and they would probably be best friends and make funny Tik Toks if she lived in the present-day.
15. Emperor Augustus
Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire. He brought peace to the land and began to rebuild the city. He also helped to conquer much of the land around the Mediterranean sea.
He is a controversial figure, and it makes sense with those Ken doll-like good looks. Just imagine him in a toga! #Swoon
16. Queen Isabella Of Castile
Remember when Columbus went on his journey to find the "new world?" Well, Queen Isabella was the one who sent him on this voyage in 1492. She was also known for her role in purifying the Roman Catholic faith.
She was fairly young when she married Ferdinand II. She was barely 18, so at least she was legal in terms of today's standards.
17. Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is a world-famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. It considered to be the masterpiece of the Italian Rennaisance. Everyday people line up for hours just to get a glimpse of this painting at the Louvre in Paris. The subject of the painting is Lisa del Giocondo, a member of one of the wealthiest families in Florence.
There has been some debate that the subject was not Lisa, and could be a number of different women. People love to make fun of how unhappy the woman looks in the painting, and today she still looks unamused. It is nice to see her more refreshed than the original portrait.