(modern ladies): Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen,ditte Marie-Antoinette d’ Autriche ; Archduchess of Austria, Queen Consort of France and Navarre
The fifteenth and penultimate child of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Empress Maria Theresa, upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste became the Dauphine of France; and 4 years later, when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI,she became Queen of France and Navarre. Despite her initial popularity, a growing number of the population eventually came to dislike her, accusing L'Autrichienne, “the Austrian woman”, of being profligate, promiscuous,and of harbouring sympathies for France’s enemies, particularly her native Austria. Life as a public figure was not easy for Marie Antoinette. Her marriage was difficult and, as she had very few official duties, she spent most of her time socializing and indulging her extravagant tastes. The young couple soon came to symbolize all of the excesses of the reviled French monarchy and aristocracy, and Marie Antoinette herself became the target of a great deal of vicious gossip.
(feat. Kirsten Dunst)