Glamorous Photos Celebrating Western History’s Most Powerful Queens

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While Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, and Marie Antoinette all make bold appearances, you may not recognize all of the female rulers in Alexia Sinclair’s The Regal Twelve. The Sydney-based photographer explains that the project “is a diverse series that celebrates the famous, the infamous and the obscure. Selection was based on their contrasts in leadership, their flamboyancies and their enduring influence upon society. In a time when women generally held little power, these Artemis-like women ruled as both male and female.” The digital montages — which combine backdrops from a trip to Europe with studio photos of models — that result are lush and glamorous fashion-style renderings of badass queens from throughout Western history. Click through to see The Regal Twelve, and visit Sinclair’s website to see more of her work.

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair [Spotted via Faith is Torment]

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair

Photo credit: Alexia Sinclair