"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.
Shaka - truly great military leader, born circa turned the Zulu nation into an Empire, inventing the institutions, weapons, and tactics to create an African super-power. That Empire foundered when confronted by European technology.