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Iconic Style: Rajmata Gayatri Devi

Maharani Gayatri Devi Rajmata of Jaipur, born Princess of Cooch Behar. Maharani of Jaipur by marriage. Member of Parliament World beauty/style icon, devoted wife, mother, grandmother. Early disciple & public/govt supporter of H.H. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,

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Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaiopur (1919-2009) c. 1945 The mid-twentieth century saw several photographers innovating with lighting techniques to create more artistic photographs of their patrons. The seated Maharani is lit with artificial light from the front, creating a silhouette on the cloth backdrop behind her.

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from BBC News

An intimate look at India's royal women

Princess Rafat Zamani Begum - or Bari (senior) Begum Sahiba of Rampur, formerly of the Najiabad family. Photographed by Kinsey Studios of Delhi in 1960. Courtesy MAP/Tasveer

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Maharani Gayatri Devi (May 23, 1919 July 29, 2009) Nobody needs an introduction to the charismatic Maharani of Jaipur, who occupied the throne of the princely state from 1939 to 1970. Educated in Europe, the Maharani was a striking beauty in her youth and grew up to become quite a fashion icon, with Vogue Magazine naming her one of the 'Ten Most Beautiful Women in the World.'

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