One Hollywood starlet is taking a page out of Elizabeth Taylor's book for her latest photo shoot. Kim Kardashian channels Cleopatra for The Violet Files' (VIOLET GREY's magazine) most recent issue, paying homage to the late actress in the famed 1963 film. Cleopatra has become somewhat of an icon in the beauty world, celebrated for her decorative style and bold makeup looks. It only seems fitting then that the queen of pop culture honors the Egyptian royalty in the name of fashion.
Kim is made into a true modern day Cleopatra with the help of world-renowned makeup artist, Pat McGrath. The creative mastermind took a more contemporary approach to the ancient look.
McGrath told Violet Grey , "Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup in Cleopatra has been reacted countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3-D version. I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor played in this role.”
The resulting look is one of true artistic proportions, combining metallic gold embellishments with geometric black lines, making for an edgy yet glamorous vibe.
Check out all the stunning shots below.
1. Metallic Gold
This is completely wow-worthy.
Are her eyes adorned in actual jewels? Stunning.
Next level cool.
4. Metallic Eyebrows
Obsessed with the metallic gold brows.
5. Full-On Embellishment
A true masterpiece.
Here is Elizabeth Taylor's portrayal of Cleopatra back in 1963.
Can you see the uncanny resemblance between the two?
Images: Ben Hassett/Courtesy of VIOLET GREY