What 10 Famous Historical Figures Would Look Like Today, from Emily Dickinson to Marie Antoinette

What would some of history’s familiar faces look like if they were alive today? We decided to give ten of our favorite historical figures a digital makeover, and bring them to the 21st century. Isn’t this why Photoshop was invented in the first place? The amazing thing we didn’t anticipate is just how much giving them a more modern flavor would bring these figures to life. It gives us a better sense of what they might have been like as human beings, outside the context of history books.


Painter Emily Carr, 1871 – 1945

what emily carr would look like today

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. ~ Emily Carr


Poet Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

what emily dickinson would look like today

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. ~ Emily Dickinson


Empress of France, Josephine, Wife of Napoleon 1763 – 1814

what josephine bonaparte would look like today

Be happy; be it as much as you deserve it; it is my entire heart that speaks to you. ~ Josephine Bonaparte


James Dean, 1931 – 1955


Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have. Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done. ~ James Dean


Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley, 1860 – 1926

What Annie Oakley would look like today

I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either. ~ Annie Oakley


Actress Lauren Bacall, 1924 – 2014


I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. ~ Lauren Bacall


Queen of Egypt Nefertiti, 1331 BC

what queen nefertiti would look like today

I held Nefertiti’s body closer to mine, trying to press her spirit into me, to bring it back. But the reign of Nefertiti was finished. She was gone from Egypt. ~ Michelle Moran


King Edward VIII Who Gave Up The Throne for Love


I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. ~ King Edward VIII


Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, 1755 – 1793


Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long. ~ Marie Antoinette


Elvis, 1935 – 1977


Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes. ~ Elvis

Natalia Borecka

Natalia is the editor in chief and publisher of Lone Wolf Magazine. She founded the publication in 2012.

  1. I don’t think King Edward was particularly kind. Who was your researcher?

    1. Jessica, I don’t see a claim that Edward VIII was kind anywhere on this page. Am I missing something here? And on the kindness scale, although he may not have been perfect, there were certainly many more rulers who were a lot less kind than he was.

  2. I love the Annie Oakley one!

  3. They are all interesting, except I don’t think Elvis would have looked like that.

  4. Modern dress doesn’t do James Dean or Elvis any favours. I think Lauren Bacall looks better with her own make up and hair also… King Edward VIII doesn’t really look any different, and no reason why he should.

    I think this works brilliantly for Carr, Emily Dickinson and Marie Antoinette, and the updated pictures are fascinating. Nefertiti works perhaps, although it’s photoshopping of the statue to look like a photograph has an unsettling effect, and it would be worth seeing the statue in its real state and knowing where the elements came from.

    Josephine is particularly fascinating because she reminds me very strongly of someone in the public sphere (but not that well known). But apart from having had her eyebrows plucked, the eyes are less bright, and her jaw and ears are differently shaped. Perhaps she’s lost weight.

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