Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography.
Dare Alla Luce, the absolutely magical ongoing series by Canadian artist/photographer Amy Friend.
Ive always been in love with this famous photograph of Julia Stephen (1846–1895), a renowned beauty in her day according to Wikipedia (I can see why) and mother of Virginia Stephen who would later become better known as Virginia Woolf. The photograph was taken by the celebrated Victorian photography pioneer (all the more so since she was a woman) Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).