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    Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Éboli

    Portrait of Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont by François Clouet, ca 1570 France, MFA Houston

    Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation, one of the the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not her feet. Oh, and there was that dalliance with the king of Belguim ....

    Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer

    1920s

    Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504), Queen of Castile and Léon (Isabella was the mother of Catherine of Aragon).

    I love all of the things happening on her head right now! Contemporary portrait of Maria de' Medici as a young girl

    Fighting-women of the Fon (Dahomey people) and their neighbors the Ashanti. Originally retained as an elite royal guard, Dahomey amazons held semi-sacred status as celibate warrior "wives" of the King. They prided themselves on their hardened physiques and highly-trained martial skills, and constantly strove to outperform their male counterparts. By 1890 they comprised over 30 percent of the Dahomey fighting force.

    Today in Black History, 3/21/2013 - Born enslaved on this date in 1856, Henry O. Flipper became the first African American cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877. For more info, check out today's notes!

    R. Norris Williams - survived the sinking of the Titanic but was told to have his legs amputated due to severe frostbite. Refused the doctor's advice and two years later, in 1914, won the men's singles title in the U.S. Championships.

    Ana de Mendoza (Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana). Spanish aristocrat, 1540-1592. Considered one of the more accomplished women of her time by her peers. Also regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies in Spain, despite having lost an eye in a mock duel with a page when she was young. Married at 12 years old to Rui Gomes da Silva, 1st Prince of Éboli and minister to the King.

    1866 Princess Dagmar of Denmark ( later Empress Marie of Russia), mother of Nicholas II. She was also the sister of Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII and mother of George V. Nicholas and George were thus first cousins.

    Alexandra David-Néel is maybe the coolest lady explorer ever. As well as exploring the East extensively at a time when ladies were not encouraged to travel on their own, she was a spiritualist, Buddhist and writer. Born in 1868 in Paris, by the time she was 18 she’d travelled extensively around Europe and was a member of the Theosophical Society. She wrote her first book when she was 30, and when she was in her forties she travelled to India to study Buddhism, met a prince, and possibly had an..

    Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom (1768-1840)

    Princess Marie Louise Victoire, of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She was the mother of Queen Victoria. Victoria's father - Edward, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn - was her second husband, and Victoria was her third child (and her only child with Edward). She was a member of the House of Hanover as well as a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

    Real-Life Flemish Portraits by Sacha Goldberger

    Juana Romani, Portait De Jeune Fille, 1891

    'Portrait de Madame Allan Bott' - 1930 - by Tamara de Lempicka (Polish, 1898-1980) - Style: Art Deco - @~ Watsonette

    Queen Hatshepsut, meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.

    Joyce "The Bronze Bombshell" Bryant, NYC, 1954 She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'.