The Business of Beauty: 7 Black Beauty Queens Who Used Their Brains to Make a Difference

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Nefertiti

Born in 1370 B.C., Nefertiti was the original black beauty queen.  Her name means, “the beautiful one has come.” (Fierce!) At the age of 15, she married Akhenaten, who became Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, King of Egypt. During her husband’s reign, Nefertiti became one of the few queens in history to have shared power with the king. In several relief prints, artists of that day depict her wearing her husband’s crown and killing their enemies during battle. Today, Queen Nefertiti is more famous than her husband, and her statue is one of the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt.

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