Long May She Reign

“Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, the English wanted her country and her crown.”


“She is sent to France to wed the next king…”

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“to save herself and her people—”

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“a bond that should protect her…”


“but there are forces that conspire…”


“forces of darkness, forces of the heart.”

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“Long May She Reign.”


I remember when I first began watching Reign on the CW in high school. From episode one I was placed under a historical trance, hypnotized by the fascinating storylines of intriguing characters and the opulent costumes they walked around in. It was the protagonist that truly drew me to the show. I had friends tell me that I was the spitting image of Adelaide Kane’s Queen Mary of Scots.

Not seeing the resemblance at first, I continued to admire everything about Queen Mary, from her genuine compassion for those she ruled over, the gentle fire within her that made her beloved yet respected by all who met her, to the gorgeous finery she dressed in on a daily basis in French court. Mary is a queen in her own right and a beautiful force to be reckoned with. Therefore when there were further proclamations made in college by my friends that I was identical to Mary, I could not help but be absolutely flattered. I aspire to embody the class, confidence, style and care she does in my own life.

As a result of a three year fascination with this monarch ignited by the show, I have read biographies on the actual Queen Mary, dressed like her for Halloween, re-watched the series on Netflix in anticipation for its fourth season, and finally decided to do this lookbook. This custom made dress captures the ornate, gold touched gowns Mary wears on the show. I love the powerful, yet romantic motifs of the golden flowers with a purple center. For a modern twist, the dress ends in a short flared skirt with tulle peaking out from under it.

A queen further identifies her status by her royal accessories. I am wearing a pair of chandelier earrings with black and gold detailing to match the dress as well as some elaborate rings that have earth toned stones. For that final monarchial touch, I chose a leaflike gold crown in the spirit of Mary’s bohemian Scottish/French ones she wears on the show. As for makeup, @MakeupbyChantel and I opted for the same smoky brown eye that the Queen of Scots herself would approve of. We added some edge to her signature look by going for a purple lip.

This shoot was made possible by the exquisite makeup and hair stylings of Chantel Torosoyan and the photography genius of Sean Vartan and Chereen Givargis.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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