The reality star, who had the chance to interview the movie legend shortly before Taylor’s death in 2011, is now channeling one of the actress’ most iconic roles for Violet Grey’s The Violet Files. Teaming up with makeup artist Pat McGrath, Kardashian, 34, does her best Cleopatra impression as she smizes for the camera in the Ben Hassett photo shoot.
“I love Elizabeth,” Kardashian says in the accompanying interview. “Pat and I have had conversations about how iconic she is, and how iconic Cleopatra is. I would have done anything — I would have trusted Pat’s vision no matter what she wanted — but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe.”
So, what makes Kardashian’s tribute unique?
“For Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version,” McGrath explains. “I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor played in this role.”
However, Kardashian is not the only starlet to recently play dress up as Liz. Katy Perry, who graces to cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s September 2015 issue, is also getting into the spirit of Taylor for the magazine’s latest spread dedicated to pop culture icons.