What 12 Famous Historical Figures Would Look Like Today
World history is shaped by the strongest and most courageous people. They become a part of history and leave a legacy that remains for centuries. Have you ever wondered how prominent historical figures would look and act if they were alive now?
We at Bright Side decided to show you how some well-known people from the past would appear today, and there are 2 historical figures that have modern-day doppelgangers!
12. Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, also had other nicknames such as “Good Queen Bess” and “Gloriana,” but she also loved to give pet names to her courtiers: Burghley was her “spirit,” her alleged lover, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was her “eyes,” and François, Duke of Anjou, her “frog.” Had she lived in modern times, she would most likely be called a feminist and a great leader like Angela Merkel.
Queen Nefertiti of Egypt was thought to be one of the most powerful and beautiful ruling women in history. There is little known about her family and where she came from, but the huge changes that her marriage to Akhenaton brought are still discussed by scholars today. Bearing 6 daughters to King Akhenaton, she mysteriously disappeared. No one knows for sure whether she simply died or became a pharaoh herself.
In the 21st century, Nefertiti would probably end up in prison for her attempts at sole control of power. Or would she?
10. Henry VIII
The King of England in the 14th century was good at writing, but he also suffered from hypochondria. In the 3rd millennium AD, he would probably become a tabloid star and write books under a cool pseudonym.
9. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll,” had a stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was buried the day after the birth. Elvis never toured the world. His manager, Colonel Parker, who was an illegal immigrant, is thought to have declined all international performances because he was afraid of not being allowed back into the US.
In the year 2017, Presley would have traveled the globe on many occasions and probably would have fired his manager long ago.
8. Marie Antoinette of France
Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, may have never said “Let them eat cake!” as it turns out. Nevertheless, she was married at 14 to a man she’d never seen before to then be executed along with her new family. Would the Queen of France still have ended up executed had she lived now?
7. King Edward VIII
King Edward VIII was known for his short reign and his love for a commoner, American Wallis Simpson, whom he married shortly after his abdication of the throne. Today a son or grandson of Queen Elizabeth II would not have to abdicate.
6. Empress Josephine of France
Josephine of France was a socialite who married Napoleon to then be divorced after almost 20 years of marriage because she did not produce an heir. Yet she still became a part of many European royal families through her children by Alexandre de Beauharnais. In the year 2017, she would probably become a prominent TV personality and write a memoir based on her relationship with Napoleon.
5. William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, the most renowned writer in the English-speaking world. Would he be writing masterpieces or turning to the easy-to-read novel-style of writing had he lived now? Back in his time, Shakespeare was not even close to being good at spelling. Apparently, his name can be rewritten to form “I am a weakish speller,” which is proved if you look at the 1599 edition of Romeo and Juliet.
4. Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson
The Battle of Trafalgar would have never been a success had Horatio Nelson not become a Navy Admiral. “The Nelson touch” was a combination of great leadership, a dashing personality, and wisdom. His captains supported his every move, thus helping him become who he is in history. Today, a movie or 2 about him would have been made even during his lifetime.
3. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein, the most prominent physicist in the world of his time, would have probably got himself a TV show that popularizes physics and math today. He would also advocate for better education and inclusiveness. We would most likely see him on The Tonight Show. Since the FBI spied on him for years, he might have been a target of the secret services even now.
2. Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin, a communist leader and the founder of the USSR. Had he lived now, would he be successful in his intentions to conquer the world with the Proletariat revolution? Lenin was not even his real name: born as Vladimir Ulyanov, Lenin took many pseudonyms before sticking to the one we all know today.
1. Napoleon I of France
Napoleon Bonaparte, the Emperor of France, is one of the most explicitly loved historical figures. His life and legacy live today and inspire people. Little do his admirers know that after his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon was considering emigrating to the United States. However, the Brits did not allow him to sail, and he ended up in exile on an island in the middle of the Atlantic. In modern times, however, he most likely would have earned himself the title of dictator and war criminal for his attempts to conquer the world.
Bonus: Lenin and Krupskaya lookalikes
Sometimes history and genetics play a mysterious game and produce lookalikes of the historical figures we all know. Look at Vladimir Lenin and his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya’s, doppelgangers: Leo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson. If the latter ever agree to play the revolutionary couple, they won’t need any special makeup.
We’ve shown you several historical figures and the way they might have looked or acted today. Tell us what you think about it in the comment section.