What Historical Figures Would Look Like If They Lived Today

By Nick Hadji 1 year ago

1. Nefertiti

Image Source / Bored Panda - All images @ROYALTY_NOW_Nefertiti was a famous Egyptian queen and the wife of a Pharaoh. This bust of her is quite famous due to her obvious beauty - so it's no surprise that in modern day standards, she'd be considered to have Hollywood good looks by the looks of things!Original content sourced from Femanin.

2. Julius Caesar

Image Source / Bored PandaThe famous Roman ruler has been written about, spoken about and depicted in statues - but what about in modern day? Well, donning a sharp business suit instead of a Roman toga for starters, and apparently his hairstyle wasn't too far off the modern-day mark. He looks like a very intimidating businessman or politician!

3. Queen Elizabeth I

Image Source / Bored PandaIs it just me or does this look like Meryl Streep's daughter? Regardless, of course Queen Elizabeth would still be rocking her red locks in modern day, and she'd probably be a fan of the paler makeup look, too.

4. Alexander The Great

Image Source / Bored PandaApparently Alexander the Great had some form of heterochromia, where a person has different coloured eyes in some variation. It's likely he could have had one brown and one blue eye, coupled with curly blonde locks. So definitely a gym bro.

5. Agrippina The Younger

Image Source / Bored PandaAgrippina the Younger was the Roman sister of Emperor Caligula. If you've heard of Emperor Nero, she was also his mother. Not a lot is known about the way she looked other than colourless statues or busts, but this modern day rendition sees her as a pretty brunette with brown eyes!

6. Jane Austen

Image Source / Bored PandaThe woman we owe the hugest debt to for giving us Mr Darcy, what would Jane Austen look like in modern day? The left is probably the most famous portrait of her, but in modern day she apparently would look very much like Kylie Jenner before the lip fillers.

7. Anne Boleyn

Image Source / Bored PandaOne of the six wives of English king Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was a famous figure in English and political history after she was beheaded. If Henry failed to resist her back then, he'd have no hope with her modern day equivalent!

8. Madame De Pompadour

Image Source / Bored PandaThis was the woman who caught the eye of Louis XV, apparently at a masked ball when it's alleged he was dressed as a plant, while she was dressed as a domino, which is just hilarious. She apparently remained his friend even after she stopped being his mistress, and in modern day, she looks like she belongs on the red carpet.

9. Mary, Queen Of Scots

Image Source / Bored PandaMary was only six days old when she inherited the throne after her father. She grew up to be the Queen of Scotland, and her modern day equivalent makes it look like she could be anything she wanted to be, really, with those blonde girl-next-door looks.

10. Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

Image Source / Bored PandaApparently this empress would still be rocking those brunette braids in modern day! She was also known as Sisi during her life, and we can certainly imagine that being her nickname in modern day. She looks booksmart!

11. Louis XIV, The Sun King

Image Source / Bored PandaThe Sun King reigned in France for 72 long years, and his appearance back then was the normal French royal style of long, curly wigs. In modern day, he'd chop his hair a little shorter though still keep the curls, and would apparently be a dead ringer for Jon Snow.

12. Catherine Of Aragon

Image Source / Bored PandaAnother of Henry VIII's wives, Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England and the first of his wives only to be shunned when Henry's eye was caught by Anne Boleyn and he decided he wanted her instead. In modern day, Catherine looks like a housewife questioning her life choices.

13. Louis XV

Image Source / Bored PandaLouis XV was the second-longest reigning monarch in France. One of his mistresses was Madame De Pompadour mentioned earlier on this list! While he looks quite dashing in his French wig, in modern day he's definitely giving off dodgy car salesman vibes. What do you think?

14. Catherine Parr

Image Source / Bored PandaCatherine Parr was - you guessed it - another of Henry VIII's wives! She was actually his final wife, and managed to escape a beheading by actually outliving the king. In modern day, she's rocking gorgeous strawberry blonde hair and could be anything from serious stage actress to successful real estate agent.

15. Marie Antoinette

Image Source / Bored PandaMarie Antoinette was the last queen of France before the revolution, and she's also the person the phrase 'Let them eat cake!' is attributed too (though it's not certain she ever said those exact words). And although depictions of her show her with wigs on, it does look fitting that she'd be a pretty blonde in modern day!

16. The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

Image Source / Bored PandaWhat do you think, do you prefer her with long hair or short hair? Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna was the youngest daughter of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II. She was killed at the age of 17, which means her modern day equivalent looks late-teens, too.

17. Emperor Augustus

Image Source / Bored PandaThe great-nephew of Julius Caesar was actually the very first emperor of Rome. Though his age isn't too obvious on his statues, his modern-day mock up looks like he could be anything from 16 to 30! Those curls are great, though.

18. Queen Isabella Of Castile

Image Source / Bored PandaQueen Isabella of Castile was the queen responsible for sending Christopher Columbus on his way to explore the world back in 1492. After stepping back from government, she died in 1504. Her modern day appearance would apparently see her buying a pair of straighteners!

19. Abraham Lincoln

Image Source / Bored PandaFamous president of the United States Abraham Lincoln - and most famous for his assassination at the theatre - would give up shaving in the modern day, it would seem, rocking a stylish beard and an even more stylish shirt and overcoat. His swept back locks are a bit of an improvement!

20. Christina Of Denmark

Image Source / Bored PandaThis portrait of Christina of Denmark is perhaps the most famous of her, painted by Hans Holbein. She might have become yet another bride of Henry VIII, if it wasn't for her dislike for the king's reputation for his series of wives making her refuse the marriage proposal. You go girl.

21. Madame Du Barry

Image Source / Bored PandaAfter Madame de Pompadour passed away, King Louis XV was on the lookout for love - enter Madam du Barry. She became the official mistress of the king, and in modern day, looks like she'd break a couple of hearts as well as heal them!

22. Eleanor Of Toledo

Image Source / Bored PandaHailing from Toledo in Spain, Eleanor was married to one of the members of the famous Medici family. She helped her husband with matters of politics, and would even serve as Consort when he was away. To be fair, her modern day equivalent looks like she could be a politician's wife, too.

23. Katherine Howard

Image Source / Bored PandaIt's no surprise that another of Henry VIII's wives have turned up on this list! Here's Katherine Howard, who was Queen of England for 16 months and Henry's 5th wife. She was executed by the king (he really had a habit of that) but her modern day version looks like she wouldn't put up with him to be honest.

24. Caligula

Image Source / Bored PandaWell, it's safe to say that Caligula's reputation as a brat whilst serving as Roman Emperor actually translates to both his busts and his modern day portrait - that face just has brat written all over it, doesn't it? Joffrey from Game of Thrones vibes.

25. Napoleon

Image Source / Bored PandaThe thing about Napoleon is that he got this reputation for being really short, but apparently he was around 5 foot 7. But his modern day equivalent still looks like a man who might complain about being too short, and make it everyone else's problem.

26. Benjamin Franklin

Image Source / Bored PandaBenjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States, is definitely rocking an iconic haircut in his original appearance, but alas in modern day it wouldn't translate very well so he's gone for the short silver fox look. Definitely looks like a banker or CEO.

27. Henry VIII

Image Source / Bored PandaThe question is, would Henry's same personality translate to modern day in which this guy in a bow tie would be trailing round the party finding as many women to marry as possible? He does look like someone you might want to avoid, unless he tries to smile a bit.

28. King Henry VII

Image Source / Bored PandaSpeaking of Henrys, Henry VII actually looks great in his modern day suit and tidy hair do. He looks like any average middle-aged man, to be honest, but maybe after being king he'd be relieved to blend in a little bit.

29. Mona Lisa

Image Source / Bored PandaMona Lisa surely has to be the most difficult person to make into modern day appearance because she is so iconic that any other variation of her would look too different. And this just proves it - or maybe it's just the obvious eyebrows that change her face entirely!

30. Grace Kelly

Image Source / Bored PandaThe legendary American actress who became Princess of Monaco would definitely be ageless, no matter how long she would live. Her modern day equivalent would be just as beautiful, just as blonde and always with movie star and princess good looks rolled into one!

31. Catherine The Great

Image Source / Bored PandaThey have the same eyes and nose don't they! Catherine the Great (Catherine II) served as empress of Russia for over 30 years, from 1762. A plan to overthrow Catherine's husband, Peter III, resulted in Catherine taking power.

32. William Shakespeare

Image Source / Bored PandaIf there's anybody who you'd like to get a modern-day glimpse at, it has to be the bard himself - William Shakespeare. What would the man responsible for so many love poems and English exams look like today? Apparently like Marv from Home Alone.

33. Caravaggio

Image Source / Bored PandaNot to be confused with another famous Michaelangelo, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (known as Caravaggio, which is easier for us) was a famous Italian painter that was quite controversial in some of his works, too. In modern day, he'd apparently grow out the goatee a little bit.

34. Tutankhamun

Image Source / Bored PandaThe most famous rendition we have of the way Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun looked is the depiction on his tomb. So what about in modern day? What would the young King Tut look like? He'd apparently keep the eyeliner, which is a great choice.

35. Gaius Octavius (Octavian)

Image Source / Bored PandaAll these busts of ancient Roman people sure do turn out pretty, don't they? Here's Caesar Augustus in modern day, revealing fluffy blonde hair and strong green eyes. He founded the first phase in the Roman Empire - and looks very serious about it, too.

36. Alexandre Dumas

Image Source / Bored PandaDumas was a famous French writer, and even if you have never heard of the name, you might have heard of some of his most famous works, including The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. In modern day, it looks like he'd be taking inspiration from Lenny Kravitz!

37. Martin Van Buren

Image Source / Bored PandaWhen you look like a typical old man, what can often set you apart is your hairstyle - but for the 8th president of the United States, there's not much you can do when you have to dress a certain way for the times. In modern day though, with more freedom, looks like he'd still keep the mutton chops anyway!

38. Zachary Taylor

Image Source / Bored PandaBut it looks like 12th President of the United States Zachary Taylor would lose the mutton chops in modern day after all! Kitted out in a formal suit and tie, he looks the presidential part both back then and now. Which, in this day and age, is any old man, really, isn't it.

39. John Wilkes Booth

Image Source / Bored PandaThe man responsible for assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, was a stage actor of the time, and most people will recognise his face from his curly hair to his moustache. In modern day, it looks like he'd keep the same side-flop hair do and short moustache - and why not?

40. Frederick Douglass

Image Source / Bored PandaFrederick Douglass was famed for escaping slavery in Maryland, USA, and then rising to become a leader of Masachusetts' and New York's abolitionist movement. he was also a writer and statesmen, with an iconic salt and pepper beard - which doesn't look out of place in modern day, apparently.

41. Oliver Cromwell

Image Source / Bored PandaPolitician Oliver Cromwell was one of the important signatures on the death warrant for King Charles I of England. After his execution, Cromwell was leader of the Commonwealth. And in modern day, he very much looks like just another seedy politician.

42. Andrew Jackson

Image Source / Bored PandaYet another old-man president, here Andrew Jackson is, serving as the seventh president of the United States - 1829 to 1837. It seems he's a fan of that mid-length swept back hairstyle, because he'd apparently keep it in modern day, too! Suits him.

43. Robert Todd Lincoln

Image Source / Bored PandaYes, that Lincoln! This is the oldest son of Abraham Lincoln, who became a politician, business lawyer and US Secretary of War. While he obviously had sophisticated good looks back in the day, in the here and now he looks like Tom Hiddleston's close relation!

44. John Tyler

Image Source / Bored PandaEven in both pictures, it's clear the 10th president of the United States has rather nice eyes! While, yet again, another president looking very formal with wavy grey hair, in modern day it looks like he would've found a good barber and a nice pair of straighteners.

45. Andrew Johnson

Image Source / Bored PandaAndrew Johnson was the man who became president after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, making him the 17th president of the United States between 1865 and 1869 - and there's no way this isn't the same person and he isn't actually immortal, because look at that!

46. Nero

Image Source / Bored PandaNero is the very, very shortened down version of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the fifth Roman emperor who reigned from AD 54 until AD 68 - the time of his death. In modern day, he'd apparently take a lot of inspiration from Ed Sheeran!

47. Leonardo Da Vinci

Image Source / Bored PandaIn the original renditions of famous painter, engineer, scientist and many other things, Da Vinci is definitely a little on the slimmer side, with a thin face and long beard. So this modern day version looks like he's had a few square meals - maybe putting down the paintbrush so he can have a good eating schedule for a change do you think?

48. Charles I Of England

Image Source / Bored PandaKing of England, Scotland and Ireland (at least until his execution) King Charles looks very imposing and regal in his official portraits. In this modern age, he looks much more willing to smile - and maybe it's just because he likes being able to wear such a colourful tie!

49. Alexander Hamilton

Image Source / Bored PandaFor this Founding Father of the United States, there's no way his modern day equivalent wouldn't be Lin Manuel Miranda, because that just has to be canon now. But just in case Lin isn't available, this guy definitely looks the part at least - though apparently he took advantage of modern day plastic surgery for his nose, maybe?

50. Franklin Pierce

Image Source / Bored PandaFranklin Pierce was another US president (14th) rocking the curly mid-length hair do that was apparently popular for the times. During his time as president, he wasn't a huge fan of the abolitionist movement. In modern day, he looks a little happier about things, though, doesn't he?