Just a thought

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Posted by Jen on April 28, 2004 at 14:29:59:

When I was in high school, I saw a wax portrait of Cleopatra depicted by Elizabeth Taylor. Miss Taylor’s classic beauty sans her purple eyes and lustrous dark hair was a good representation of the famous Eygptian queen although in reality, the features of an Egyptian queen appears otherwise-
Its sad to say that Cleopatra was fitted according to Hollywood standards, and this is just the same
on the film Troy where Helen of Troy is portrayed by yet another waif actress (Diana Kruger) who
does not represent the beauty that was immortalized in the Greek arts just as Vogue pushed the idea
that Grecian-inspired gowns or classic outfits would only look good on someone who is as straight-sized as their models. There was a photo spread of all the waif models in one of their issues- I can’t remember the issue.The models wore different gowns and it included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell etc. that simply made a showcase of the designers’ work and the ridiculous idea that those dresses would only look good to those who have the same forms like their models.

I once thought that if there would be models to portray the goddesses in Greek and Roman mythology by putting them altogether that will be one great photo spread. If magazines like Vogue has a photo spread of the waifs altogether why not think of someone who resembles the goddesses and the women immortalized in the western arts? Here’s my list.


Hera (Juno) – Christine Alt
Pallas Athena (Minerva) (Goddess of the City) – Barbara Brickner
Artemis (Diana) (Lady of the Hunt)- Mia Tyler
Aphrodite (Venus)- Lara Johnson
Hestia (Vesta) (Goddess of the Hearth)- Tracie Stern
Hebe (Goddess of Youth)- Kati Kochanski
Iris (Goddess of the Rainbow)- Kate Dillon
Demeter (Goddess of Harvest)- Melissa M.
Aurora (Goddess of Dawn)- Megan Garcia
Mnesmosyne (Mother of the Muses- Memory) –Emme
Persephone (Maiden of the Spring) – Liis

Helen of Troy- Valerie Lefkowitz
Psyche – Shannon Marie
Galatea- Natalie Laughlin
Europa- Anna

What do you think?

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