Kim Kardashian Transforms into a Modern-Day Cleopatra in These Glam New Pics

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Elizabeth Taylor is inimitable, but much to the dismay of naysayers,there are similarities between the Hollywood icon and Kim Kardashian that cannot be denied (opens in new tab). The unapologetic glamour. The high profile relationships. The most-famous-woman-in-the-world  stardom. And, of course, the exotic beauty—both women make us #bowtothebrows. 

And lest you forget, it was Kardashian who conducted Taylor's last interview (opens in new tab), a candid conversation for Harper's BAZAAR (opens in new tab) about men, jewels, and existential wisdom. The feature was accompanied by a shoot in which Kardashian channeled Taylor's famous role in Cleopatra (1963). Now, Kardashian is emulating the Egyptian queen again, this time with a beauty-centric spread lead by the makeup artist royalty Pat Mcgrath for Violet Grey's  (opens in new tab)The Violet Files (opens in new tab)

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"I love Elizabeth," Kardashian said in the interview. "Pat and I have had conversations about how iconic she is, and how iconic Cleopatra is. I would have done anything — I would have trusted Pat's vision no matter what she wanted—but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe."

In the close-up portraits, Mcgrath gives Kardashian's famous visage the bold Cleopatra cat eye—and then some. From the gilded treatment to meticulously bejeweled à la Gaga (opens in new tab) , the reality star's eyes and brows are radically transformed, a nod to the past, present, and future.

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"Elizabeth Taylor's makeup in Cleopatra has been reenacted countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version," McGrath said. "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."

Mission accomplished, to say the least.

View the stunning images from the spread, below, and read the full story here (opens in new tab)

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(Image credit: Ben Hassett; Courtesy of Violet Grey)
Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.