6. Beyoncé Inspired Queen Charlotte’s Look

Made by Shonda Rhimes, the multitalented mastermind behind shows like ScandalAnd How to Escape Murder, Bridgerton Its diverse cast has earned it a reputation. Guyanese actress is one example. Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte of England, who was a real person. Some historians believe the wife of King George III was a descendant of a Portuguese royal family with African ancestry, according to PBS.

“When I researched Queen Charlotte and found out that she was of African descent, it gave me so much more scope to create her beautiful looks,” the show’s makeup and hair designer Marc PilcherSubmitted Vogue. “I used silhouettes from the period, but to celebrate her ethnicity I used locks and braids. Although her enormous Afro looked like a Gainsborough hairstyle, it was influenced by Beyoncé as Foxxy Cleopatra inAustin Powers, Goldmember.

Pilcher echoed his comments to Essence, saying, “I saw Beyoncé Knowles in Austin Powers GoldmemberThat’s when it hit me: “That’s exactly what I want.” I wanted to have the largest afro anyone had ever seen. The wig I wanted was actually four or five wigs. We had the ringlets wigs, so we purchased afros. Next we straightened the hair and set them on curls sticks. Then we brushed the hair through to achieve the most volume. Finally we sewed the ends together for that perfect shape.