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Nefertiti costumes

Updated on September 22, 2013

Queen Nefertiti for a Halloween costume party

In Halloween of 2011, I dressed as Nefertiti, the little known Queen of Egypt and Great Royal Wife of pharaoh Akhenaten during the 18th Dynasty, 14th century B.C. Why choose an obscure queen and not someone like the more famous Cleopatra? It is the mystery and controversy that surrounded the life of Nefertiti that intrigues me. There are doubts about her royal lineage and whether Nefertiti was in fact the actual mother of Akhenaten, and his wife at the same time. Scholars believed that Nefertiti urged her husband to leave the old gods and worhip the sole god, Aten, an act considered as heretical. She changed her name to 'Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti' or 'The Aten is radiant because the beautiful one has come'. And Nefertiti attained the power and status of a Pharaoh and co-ruler with Akhenaten. After bearing six daughters and no sons, Nefertiti disappeared and was never seen again.

Nefertiti Trivia: The Incomparable Nefertiti

The Great Royal Wife of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten -- and, perhaps, a ruler of Egypt in her own right -- she was, for a time, the most powerful woman in the world. Test your knowledge of the beautiful, the powerful, the mysterious Nefertiti.

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Nefertiti's headdress

Instead of wearing the conical pillbox hat that Nefertiti wore as depicted in art, I will choose a pharaoh's headdress to symbolize her reign as a female pharoah.

Nefertiti immoratlized in the art world - The conical hat and recognizable profile

New Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Art Painting of Queen Nefertiti - Made in Egypt
New Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Art Painting of Queen Nefertiti - Made in Egypt

This hand-painted profile of the mysterious Egyptian Queen is painstakingly painted on papyrus paper which will stand out in any décor when framed.

 
Med. Nefertiti - Collectible Figurine Statue Sculpture Figure Model
Med. Nefertiti - Collectible Figurine Statue Sculpture Figure Model

Beautifully crafted of resin, this interpretation of Queen Nefertiti is a nice addition to any home, den, office or a perfect gift for a historian.

 
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Egyptian Queen Nefertiti Adult Halloween Costume

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(11-13) Adult Nefertiti Costume

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Nefertiti Egyptian Queen Adult Costume

My 2011 Nefertiti costume

My 2011 Nefertiti costume
My 2011 Nefertiti costume

The eyes have it.

For a dramatic effect, I am going to wear my eye makeup similar to Cleopatra's as shown on this video.

Nefertiti Eye Makeup

Eye makeup needed to create the enticingly bold, exotic and exaggerated Nefertiti or Cleopatra eyes.

Some ideas on how to make your own Nefertiti costume

Let your creativity shine through your Nefertiti costume. Let your interpretation of what you think Nefertiti should look like come alive in a costume party.

Which Nefertiti costume is a winner? - Your opinion matters.

Eye makeup, of course, will make a big dramatic difference.

Which of these 4 store-bought costumes should I wear to the costume party?

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Do let me know you were here. - Your opinion is very much appreciated.

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      Cleopatra does gets too much attention Nefertiti is also good costume inspiration id have to say my favorite is the gold costume.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Love these Nefertiti costumes. I don't think of Nefertiti as obscure at all but as a powerful woman, a great regent, whose ideas and world-view were overthrown abruptly. She probably died of the plague, poor girl

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was here and I loved the costumes very much, and am walking like an Egyptian now ! :)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I love these Nefertiti costumes. Beautiful lens.

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      Great lens- may try this for Halloween - thinking ahead of course.

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      RickBasset 6 years ago

      I always find Ancient Egypt fascinating. What a great choice for a Halloween costume!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love ancient Egyptian history. This costume idea is a winner.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You will look fabulous at the costume party. Amazing costume!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great costume. Congratulations.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What a fun costume idea! The gold gown is especially striking. You will look magnificent!