Historical Greats Get A Modern Day Makeover To Show How They Would Look Today

Story ByMaja Mishevksa, Sub EditorMarija StojkoskaAgencyNewsflash

These remarkable images show what famous historical figures would have looked like if they had been born today.

Full-time graphic designer Becca Saladin, 29, who admits to having been fascinated by history from an early age, said she wanted to find a way to make it more accessible to people.

The decision to start the project came after pondering what people that interested her from the past would look like if they had been born today, which was followed by the realisation that she could use her skills to answer that question.

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So with her knowledge and history and her graphic design skills, she created a project that she shared online and said she was amazed at how quickly it took off.

Her favourite historical figure was Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII who was famously beheaded for treason after a short period as Queen in the 1530s.

That image was the first she created at the beginning of her project Royalty Now that started last year.

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Since the creation of Anne Boleyn, she has been joined by modern versions of some of the most famous ancient figures, ranging from Julius Caesar to Alexander The Great, Queen Elisabeth I, and Abraham Lincoln.

She admits the work is time consuming contrary to what some people might think, sometimes taking more than five hours to complete a single piece, but she finds the outcome very rewarding so for her it’s worth it.

The easiest projects are those where there are realistic images such as portraits or sculptures which can be coupled with contemporary descriptions especially when things like eye colour and hair colour are available. She then gets to work with photomanipulation and digital painting to transform the images into modern-day equivalents.

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Her Instagram page, where she showcases her artwork, today has over 80 portraits and 263,000 followers.

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