Monday, December 6, 2010

Marie Antoinette

Plastic surgery on a past princess? How is that even possible?
Well, modern techonolgy has brought this "impossible" action to reality. French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has sculpted the French noblewoman's face. He created three busts of her and has tweaked each in three ways- a "French" one, an "American" one, and a "Russian" one. These three styles are based on what is considered beautiful in each country. The French one is the most recognizable, but has smaller lips and cheeks. The American one has had an "eye-lift" and a nose-job. The Russian one is the most changed; its cheekbones are raised immensly and its nose is almost non-existent. Marie Antoinette was an Autrian-born duchess who became the Queen of France during the time of the French revolution. She allegedly said the famous phrase "Let them eat cake", when refering to the poor's lack of food. Today, she is one of the most well-known female figures of her time. She married King Louis XVI, but was greatly disliked by the public. In 1793, she was tried and executed by guillotine for treason. Antoinette is buried at the Basilica of St. Denis in France. Her life is popularized in culture today through movies and books, like the namesake movie Marie Antoinette and the Alexandre Dumas
novel Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge, or the Knight of the Red House.


aubreyharper said...

It interested me to learn that it was plausible to take the features and alter them according to such standards. Similarly interesting was the fact that Russians valued non-existent noses as beautiful. Also, I enjoyed the brief history of Marie Antoinette, as I have seen the movie and could relate the events mentioned.

Kallie Elder said...

Your post was really interesting. The fact that the designer sculpted each bust for a different ethnicity was cool. Your information about Marie Antoinette was interesting too. I had known a little bit about her before but your post was useful.