Born in Paris in 1755, Madame Lebrun became a member of the Académie de Saint Luc aged nineteen. She is famed for her numerous portraits of Marie Antoinette and the French royal family, including the infamous ’La reine en gaulle’ portrait in 1783. After the French Revolution she worked in Italy, Austria and Russia painting nobility and royalty.
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@coffin-of-eternal-darkness, and all you guys as well! Yes. I know. I’m back… with anooother Elizabeth. I love this #elizabeth103 challenge. Sob, I have an addiction.
Meet number 94, Elizabeth Marie antoinette. An incredible abrasive and sheltered woman. When peasants came desperate for help she most certainly did the “let them eat cake.” response. She had no idea how the real world worked. Meliodas, a guard and confidant of her father is always near, and Elizabeth hates him at first sight. She was probable his least favorite, at first. Her tsundere attitude grows on him though. This Elizabeth couldnt care less about others she can’t see with her own two eyes; let the poor starve, who cares, where is my new dress? A very very very, very spoiled Elizabeth. Who gets a reality check when the people storm the castle.
Of course Meliodas saves her from the guilitine. He has to. But even as they are bolting out of the kingdom with her thrown over his shoulder, she’s still COMPLAINING. He finally says sorry and gags her as he pretty much ballerinas out of the way of spears and arrows.
“Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots. What did they have in common? For a while they were crowned in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered by courtiers. But in the end, they spent long nights in dark prison towers and were marched to the scaffold where they surrendered their heads to the executioner.”
- Kris Waldherr
But, there was many other great Queens who reign for quite some time, known for their greatest success. They didn’t lack in intelligence and elegance, but they made all future queens look up to them. Even though most of these queens didn’t had a happy ever after, but they shaped how society is today, and will forever be remembered for their excellence.
“Before I became a feminist, I didn’t know that women have made significant contributions to history.” I see and hear this statement, or ones like it, all the time on this website and at the liberal college I attend. It’s usually followed up by stories about women soldiers or freedom fighters or spies or pirates or writers or computer technicians. It always leaves me just like:
I mean, come one, guys, how did you not know that women have always played a significant role in history? Have you never heard of Queen Elizabeth? Marie Antoinette? Cleopatra? Queen Isabella? St. Joan of Arc? Betsy Ross? Molly Pitcher? Susan B. Anthony? Rosa Parks? None of them? It’s true that some of them played more significant roles than others, but I always thought that you couldn’t live in America, at any rate, without at least having heard these names before.
But you know what, I’m not really surprised by this level of (possibly intentional) ignorance. See, it’s an excuse to talk about women soldiers and freedom fighters and writers and so forth and so on, which is great. I applaud these women, or else I fear them as villains. Either way, I respect them. What I don’t respect is the opinion that these are the only women who shaped history. Or even that they’re the most influential women of history.
The reason I think that is because women who disguised themselves as men to fight a war aren’t the only people who sneaked into the armed forces. There were also plenty of men who were either too young or too old who did likewise. There are also many, many men who did not have to use trickery to serve their country. Most of these men did no less than any female soldiers; many did more. But we forget about them because a woman doing the exact same thing is somehow more impressive.
Honestly, I find that kind of condescending and completely opposed to equality. If you really want equality, there can’t be a curved grade. If you want superiority, you use a curved grade to give yourself all the advantages.
It’s also erasure of the women who didn’t choose and who don’t choose to fight or become scientists. They, too, have played a part in history. They held their families together and raised their children and went with their men to seek better fortunes. During wars, they worked the farms and the small businesses as well in order to keep a roof over their heads while their husbands and sons were fighting. No, you don’t get in the history books for doing stuff like that, but you do ensure that the history books are written. After all, you can work towards the future all you want, but it’s the people who live in the future who shape it, and it’s almost always the mothers of those people who shape them.
EXCLUSIVE: Our interview with Linda Preston, Reign' make-up artist
Via Twitter, we had the chance to talk to Linda Preston, Reign’ make-up artist, to be able to submit questions and curiosity. And she very kindly agreed. Thank you again and we also thank all those who have sent us questions:
1. How did you get this job on Reign team? Did you do some particular selection before to get that? - Steven
I have been working as a union makeup artist for 25 years and I interview for each job. I work with 2 time Emmy award winning Hair-Jenny Arbour frequently. We like to go in as a team, as makeup, hair and wardrobe really need to work well together. Both Jenny and I have worked with the producers and directors previously on other TV series. When we take on a job we try to put together a really great creative team who will work well together and collaborate. In the makeup department I have Alessondra Bastianoni as my first assistant, Ashley Rocha as my second assistant and Jane Meade in charge of background actors. In the hair department is Jenny Arbour- Department Head, Kelly Whetter is first assistant and Molly Adey is the second assistant with Nati Atuan with background. Ashley Rocha had graduated from Complections Makeup School 3 years ago and I met her as a permit member on a daily call. She came out to help on “ALPHAS” for a day. I saw promise in her ability and hired her to assist on “REIGN”. Ashley is the newest member in our union and the youngest at 22 years old. She is working with us in the makeup trailer and is learning how a TV series really goes. The 16 hour work days, nights, exterior locations…everything.