We return again for a little snippet into the History of bad ass plus size women in History, this time to Ancient Egypt. Have you heard of Hatshepsut I wonder? Or Hot-Chicken-Soup as I call her. This Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt is longer than any other ruler before and after her in Egyptian History. As you probably studied at school or are widely aware of, the Pharaohs of Egypt that shadow Hatshepsut Tutankhamun and Cleopatra. Very rarely is Hatshepsut’s history studied, which is very unfortunate as she really was a killer queen. If you visit Egypt, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is completely unmissable. I’d highly recommend visiting even though it is now partly destroyed.
Hatshepsut did not start out as the role of Pharaoh but instead ruled as regent on behalf of her son Thuthmosis III. However, when the time came to pass power to him, she instead took control herself. The Pharaoh’s mummy is now displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and gives us a great insight into her intriguing character. Firstly, this gothic chic lady sported black and red nail polish- you go Glen coco! Secondly, she was a chubby chic (likely to have diabetes according to Archaeologists) and had a 22 year rule under her belt. Did I also mention she liked to wear a false beard every now and then? That was her nod to tradition and a fashion accessory I will avoid for a little while, not sure I can pull that look off.
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We can gain a lot by looking at the public images and statues that represent her as slender. An unlikely portrayal due to her remains and that the Pharaoh’s diet mainly contained that of sugar, bread and wine. So why was she portrayed so differently in the public light? I expect that much as today, the circulated images were a false representation of her body, and this was due to society at the time thinking trimmer bodies were more appealing to the eye.
I won’t go into the full rule and end that met Hatshepsut but recommend a little bit of googling if you are interested in more about the queen who slaaayed or simply click here.