Finding a beautiful woman today is pretty easy – just take a look at the results of each year’s Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. There, each country’s most beautiful girls compete against each other, so your chances of seeing the top 10 most beautiful women in the world take the stage at the same time are pretty high. Yet, to go down in history as a beautiful and powerful woman, you need more than just beauty because that’s skin deep – this is something time has already shown us repeatedly in the past.
So, without further ado, let us take a look at three women who have been widely considered as three of the most beautiful women to ever live in ancient Egypt.
The riches of the ancient Egypt have inspired many over the millennia. Even today, the depiction of its riches show up in many places around us, from the hotels and resorts of Las Vegas to the video slots of the Red Flush Casino. Pharaohs, pyramids, sculptures, and other items made of gold routinely show up on the reels of many Red Flush slots, reminding us of the wit and the wealth of the Egyptian empire. Yet, one of the most memorable treasures Egypt ever had were not the pieces of gold filling the reels of Red Flush slot machines – but the legendary Queen of the Nile, Nefertiti.
Nefertiti lived between 1370 and 1330 BC. She was the consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten, together with whom she introduced the worship of a single god, Aten (the sun disc). Her beauty was the talk of the land back then – representations of her likeness were found in many places across the ancient cities of Thebes and beyond.
Queen Nefertari was the principal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (The Great). Her birthdate is unknown, but it’s known that she lived until approximately 1255 BC. She was also known as Nefertari Meritmut, which translates to “beautiful companion” and “beloved of the goddess Mut”. The records show that she was highly educated, and a talented diplomat. Her marriage with Ramesses II is believed to have been a political one at first but later turned into true devotion from the pharaoh’s side – her beauty has been preserved over the ages by a series of poems and paintings. Queen Nefertari was buried in the tomb marked Q66 in the Valley of the Queens, and her royal husband has even erected a temple for her in Abu Simbel.
Let’s stick with Egypt for a while – this time in a more recent point in its history. One of the wonders of the Roman world was Cleopatra, a queen herself – yet for a much smaller Egyptian empire. Records speak not only of her beauty but also of her knowledge and charm – she was able to tempt two of the most powerful men of the time after all. Cleopatra has been said to adhere to some very strict – and lavish – treatments to keep herself beautiful for the people of Egypt. Perhaps the most famous of these is her bathing in milk, which might seem a bit exaggerated today. Science, in turn, has confirmed its value – the lactic acid in the milk acts as an exfoliating agent, keeping the skin healthy and young.